Oh they are so cute at that age! I love the little tooth hanging down and the overall feeling of contained enthusiasm. As if it just can’t stay still for very much longer and it will burst into a run over that foliage. Beautiful color in the scales, but I wonder if toning down the green luminance value would be more harmonious. Worth playing with I think. Looks like a successful trip to LA.
Cute… well, yes, kinda… in a slimy, slithery sort of way. Actually what is creepy about it isn’t this little thing but its unseen mamma, which is probably lurking in the foliage ready to eat you. But so well photographed!
I think @_Kris has a good idea about darkening the leaves, if that doesn’t conceal lil’ Bubba too much. Or if it did, maybe that’s a good story.
I just figured out what creeps me out about him. He evokes our rattlesnakes, several of which I have come waaaayyy too close to. The 400 acre property behind us has the largest privately-owned collection of rattlesnakes this side of west Texas. (And they are not part of the collections they actually own.)
Allen, this is a fine look at this young gator. The details in its head and especially its eye are striking. The young ones often seem less spooked by humans, especially when they’re surrounded by plants.