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Mother Lode
Photograph by Steve Winter

Recently hatched American crocodiles take a group break within the Monte Cabaniguán Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Cuba. The refuge has more of these endangered crocodiles nesting on its beaches than anywhere else in the world. The croc mother of the miniature reptiles above gave photographer Steve Winter a scare when she surfaced from an underwater cave while he watched her brood through the lens of his camera. "She made me jump when I first saw her. I was focusing on the babies when she came within 15 feet (5 meters) of me."

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS III
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: Canon EF 500 F4L IS
Speed and F-Stop: 1/15 @ f/8
Weather Conditions: Clear, with clouds
Time of Day: 11 a.m.
Lighting Techniques: I used the available light with a Quantum X flash.


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