Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast, originally uploaded by QuakerVille.

Via Flickr:
Lurking just feet ahead of the beautiful American Egret swims a 12 foot long alligator waiting for some unsuspecting creature to become his afternoon snack. The American Alligator has probably been warming itself in the noon sun raising it’s temperature, preparing itself to eat. One of the main reasons Alligators warm in the sun is that when it’s too cold the Alligator can’t digest it’s food so it won’t eat.

As we watched this Egret we realized that the Egret was a formidable hunter as it jumped from one small island to another skimming fish from the water as it passed overhead.

Nature is a cool thing to watch, it an enormous visual symphony.