This big alligator was waiting and watching on the edge of a bayou on Avery Island in Southern Louisiana. He didn’t move a muscle and didn’t even blink once. I tiptoed as close as I dared and then decided to rely on my 500mm lens to get a good close-up of the stoic big fella. I was lying in the grass, framing the alligator in my viewfinder and realized I was literally eye-to-eye with this relict from the days of dinosaurs, marveling at the massive head, dominated by those big teeth, shimmering dangerously in the light of the rising sun. Then it hit me: The entire animal was almost without colors - the body a perfect camouflage, made up from hues of gray and a bit of green. With one dramatic exception: The right eye - the only eye I could see from my vantage point - was literally glowing in a deep yellow tint.
To emphasize the yellow eyes - really the only noticeable color on the spectacular animal - I decided when I got back home to my computer to create an abstract one-color image. Black and White - except for the unaltered yellow eye of Ali Gator. The resulting image is quite intense and perfectly sums up the atmosphere around the early morning encounter.