"Big and Tough"

One of the younger gators sunbathing.

  1. Camera: Nikon D5000
  2. Aperture: f/10
  3. Exposure: 1/500th
  4. Focal Length: 300mm

"Say Cheese"

Ever wonder what a starfish mouth looks like? It’s that terrifying bit right in the middle.

  1. Camera: Nikon D5000
  2. Aperture: f/5.6
  3. Exposure: 1/200th
  4. Focal Length: 200mm

"Lagoon Jelly"

We have these at my local aquarium, and I always loved taking pictures of them. I was excited to see them at the aquarium in Boston too.

  1. Camera: Nikon D5000
  2. Aperture: f/5
  3. Exposure: 1/160th
  4. Focal Length: 145mm

"Bejeweled"

Took this just before we left the park for the afternoon. It rained earlier in the morning, and water still clung to most of the plants in the park.

  1. Camera: Nikon D5000
  2. Aperture: f/5.6
  3. Exposure: 1/400th
  4. Focal Length: 55mm

"Coming Your Way"

The facility that offered airboat tours also had a program where one of the workers educated visitors on alligators and the everglades in general. They have captive gators on site, and visitors usually spend most of their time by the giant gator pens observing them.

  1. Camera: Nikon D5000
  2. Aperture: f/8
  3. Exposure: 1/500th
  4. Focal Length: 300mm

"Mediterranean Jelly"

The New England Aquarium has a whole room with nothing but jellyfish of all shapes and sizes. There’s one tank that has jellyfish smaller than the head of pin!

  1. Camera: Nikon D5000
  2. Aperture: f/5.3
  3. Exposure: 1/250th
  4. Focal Length: 155mm

"Blue Bells"

More flowers from Central Park.

  1. Camera: Nikon D5000
  2. Aperture: f/6.3
  3. Exposure: 1/400th
  4. Focal Length: 300mm

"Smiling Squirrel"

My friend and I were walking down a path in Central Park when a French woman who was with a group of friends spotted this squirrel in the grass. She bent down and held out her hand, calling to it, not expecting the squirrel to actually run over and see if she had food. She let out this surprised noise and jumped back a few feet, at which point the squirrel realized she was bluffing about the food and scampered up a tree. Big city squirrels are much different from small town and country squirrels.

  1. Camera: Nikon D5000
  2. Aperture: f/5.6
  3. Exposure: 1/400th
  4. Focal Length: 300mm

"Copperband Butterfly"

The Copperband Butterfly Fish is sometimes known as the Beaked Coral Fish. The spots on the end of their body work as false eyes.

  1. Camera: Nikon D5000
  2. Aperture: f/5
  3. Exposure: 1/320th
  4. Focal Length: 100mm

"Baby Gator"

I was surprised at the number of baby alligators that we saw. They kept on popping up left and right. We would have missed most of them if the guide hadn’t been pointing them out. This one swam right by our boat during one of our brief stops.

  1. Camera: Nikon D5000
  2. Aperture: f/8
  3. Exposure: 1/500th
  4. Focal Length: 300mm