Send More Tourists – Myakka River State Park – Sarasota, Florida

Some of you might have seen that cliche post card in all of the Florida tourist traps where it show a photograph of an alligator and says, “Send more tourists, the last ones were good!” I could see where this might have some merit with some people.

This image was taken last year during Scott Kelby’s Photo Walk 2010 at Myakka River State Park in Sarasota, Florida. The Photo Walk is a fun activity that photographers do once a year. We all get together around the world on the same day and take photographs. Each person is allowed to upload one photograph and they are judged. There are always cool prizes up for grabs as well. I have been a leader for the past two years. It has it’s perks and drawbacks. As the leader you are not allowed to submit any of your own photos. No problem. It’s always interesting to see what people come up with.

This was a photo that I took on the walk. In Myakka River State Park, alligators are everywhere. There are many signs posted about NOT FEEDING THE WILDLIFE! There have been times when I have visited the park that I see tourists catching fish out of the river and feeling them to the alligators. Ugh, please refer to the post card blurb above.

This alligator was a pretty big one. He must have been 15 feet. Not something that you want to jump into the water and start tickling his tummy. To get this close, I was on a bridge looking down, a safe place. I had a 80mm-400mm lens attached to my Nikon D300. I was able to reach out and touch him…relatively speaking. This was shot in available light.

I did some slight touch up using my favorite piece of software, Nik’s Complete Collection. This package has literally saved me DAYS of computer work. Five minutes and I was done. Can’t beat that.

Click on the thumbnail to see a bigger size. If you are looking for a great place that is economical and abundant with wildlife, I would suggest Myakka River State Park in Sarasota, Florida. I have been to many other state parks in Florida and I have to say that this place is number one. Just remember, NO FEEDING THE WILDLIFE!

Until next time…

Keep Your Glass Clean


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