Sunday, February 7, 2010
The hunter became the hunted when a small alligator came gliding up to within 3 feet of the bird. A great flapping of wings (and what a wingspan it was!) ensued.
I held my breath as egret and alligator froze...after a very long minute, the egret majestically waded away. The small alligator seemed to consider his bad luck, and then turned and swam in the opposite direction.
I sketched as quickly as possible with the sepia pens, adding the watercolor washes later. The egret was quite tall, over 3 feet, almost four. I think the alligator was not even four feet long. I felt fortunate to witness the endless drama of nature playing out, and glad I could share it with you .
You can click on the image above to view it larger on my Flickr photostream.