robertisenberg

Louisiana: 4

In Uncategorized on June 1, 2010 at 8:03 pm

Spotting gators was shockingly easy. Unlike crocodiles, gators are timid and petite. Each animal crawled slowly onto land, then lay there, still as statuettes, until we dared to clear our throats. Snapping a twig sent them slinking back into the water. One Cajun had told us to watch for the “three points” — the eyes and snout, jutting from the water’s skin.

I crouched toward the riverbank, camera in-hand, but every time I aimed and tested the apperture, the camera whirred and clicked. At best, the gators froze in response; but most backed away, watchful of the cylinder aimed at their black eyes. The more pictures I snapped, the less satisfied I was with their quality. They reminded me of UFO pictures — only blurry outlines, a mere ghost of the actual experience.

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