I set out this morning and didn't find much inspiration downtown at the farmer's market and along the waterfront. I figured I'd try my luck over at Greenfield Lake and see if any interesting creatures or characters could be found. Lucky for me, one of the alligators was right near the lake edge by the walkway. With only a few people around and having finally brought my 70-300 lens I set to work on the 6-7 foot reptilian.
I ended up at one point laying down and holding my camera just above the water to try and snag some low POV shots. Well, apparently my machinations had a couple interested enough to start asking me about photography. Was I a professional? Enthusiast? Do Is sell my work? Have I been published or travel specifically for shots? These questions led me to tell of my minor successes and when I told the man I was in National Geographic he shook my hand and said he couldn't wait to look up that issue to see my shot.
I am so very grateful for friends and family who offer such kind words and support for my photography. As good as that is, there's something so very fulfilling about hearing interest and compliments from a stranger. Maybe they were just being nice, but I don't think so. It sounds a bit new age-y, but I thank them for the good vibes they gave me this morning.