37 Million Year Old Lizard

37 Million Year Old Lizard.
 
One of the most fascinating, scary, creepy and dangerous animals I have photographed is the American Alligator. Alligators only exist in 2 places, China and the US area. They can be traced back to extinct relatives 37 million years ago. So when we were in Apalachicola I had mixed emotions when our tour guide on the air boat told us we were headed to an area known as a gator nursery. Upon arriving we saw gators of many sizes but nothing close to the record almost 19 footer. Most of these were 3 feet or so. It was cool to photograph them but challenging in two ways: low light made exposure time low, but the Vibration Compensation feature helped a lot, and keeping an eye out for gators on the shore as we would brush against the marsh grass. I think the second factor was the more difficult of the two!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, at 600mm, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 800, shutter speed of 1/80th of a second, handheld due to space on the boat, Vibration Compensation active, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMasters, #MindShiftGear
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