Friday, February 27, 2009

Gators Galore

Now doesn't this picture look like something out of Jurassic Park.

Did you know that alligators can climb fences? Although this one is crashing through a fence, I've heard that they can do just about anything a green anole can. Jump, swim, climb, and bite... and size in not a deterrent.

If you're ever out at night on the Mobile delta (and I seriously doubt you ever will be!) don't be surprised by the countless pairs of golden eyes shining in your spotlight. Once endangered, these behemoths now inhabit many of the coastal waterways in the South.

I remember (and I laugh so hard when I think about it) when Hurricane Ivan hit about four years ago, there were reporters from all over the country who showed up to cover the damage, and they were all terrified of "Chuckie" the alligator who escaped from a local zoo. "He could be anywhere!" What they didn't seem to understand is that he's not the only one down here. The gator they captured on camera swimming free in the swamp may not have been Chuckie.

Last summer there was an alligator at least ten feet in length (and I say at least) cruising down the river behind my house. I don't know why I've typed all this, but it is fascinating to me that I live in a resort area near the beach, and there are these "dinosaurs" literally everywhere.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

I'm Lucky

That's right! Lucky that I have any visitors to this blog anymore, I post so irregularly! I've been blessed with a lot of work lately and have discovered that I'm a workaholic and a perfectionist... I don't know if that's a good thing or not. I thought I might post some random spare-time drawings from my sketchbook, a few old and new. The odd shaped creatures are monsters, and the odd shaped creatures with joints are robots (kinda self explanatory isn't it)

Isn't this guy cool? This little monster uses his bottom to fasten himself to cave walls and absorb nutrients from the rock. Which leads to the question - Why?

I found the above sketch in a drawer the other day. You know, one of those times when you're looking for something and find something else that makes you forget what you were looking for. I drew this several years ago after watching a documentary on Africa. These hippos would chase away crocs from their sunny spot by merely touching their noses to the crocodiles tails. To be honest I don't think I'd let the hippo get that close in the first place, but that's just me.