It's been a while since I've written a blog! I've been focusing more on my Facebook page. If you don't follow me yet, my page is called Natures Poet: Photos by Julie Hammond. Follow me to keep up to date with my photo journeys! I'm going to make an effort to write more here, though.
Today's post is titled "Circle of Life," and there is a reason. As a nature photographer, it is inevitable that I sometimes come across situations that are less cute and cuddly than others. I still think it is important to share these photos since they are the truth of nature. Fair warning - a couple of these photos might be hard for some to look at - No blood and guts, don't worry - but I did encounter an alligator enjoying a meal. If you don't want to see it, go ahead and stop scrolling, and come back tomorrow when I'll post something cute!
A cardinal built a nest in a bush in my front yard. I had the chance to watch her building the nest, sitting on her eggs, and I even got a photo of the babies once they hatched! It was an amazing thing to watch over the course of several days. I feel privileged to have been able to see it, and I'm glad I could get some photos to share with you.
I've spotted this alligator every once in a while in my backyard pond. The other day, he came up into the yard. I actually heard him before I saw him. I was inside the house and heard a loud crack. Looking out the window, I saw the alligator in the yard at the edge of the water. It was clear he had something in his mouth. I went outside to get a closer look (with a zoom lense - do not approach alligators!) and I saw he had caught a turtle. I didn't know alligators ate turtles, what with the hard shell, but I guess they will eat just about anything. Nature can be deadly - this turtle lost his life that day, but his loss allows the alligator to live another day... As someone wise once said, "We are all connected in the great circle of life" ~Mufasa, The Lion King~
Here are some pictures of happy turtles to soothe the sting...