Thursday, 16 June 2011

Garlanded Crocodile

This crocodile waddled into the water wearing a huge blossom on its head.  Huge blossoms had fallen into the surrounding water from a nearby tree, and garlanded the croc.  I managed to take this picture before the flowers floated away, because it made such a strange juxtaposition of sweet and scary.

Since I concentrate mostly on places not too far from England, you can perhaps guess that the croc was not lurking in tropical waters. I saw it at a fascinating place in France called La Planète des Crocodiles, in the Poitou-Charentes region.  This sanctuary for crocodilians is housed in a big glass dome full of striking tropical plants flowering and fruiting all over the place.  The sanctuary is heated by waste heat from a nearby power station, and although I visited in early summer, I'm sure it would make quite a sanctuary for humans in the winter with its  steamy heat and decidedly exotic flowers. 


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  1. That's such a brilliant picture - I never thought I'd feel like using the word "sweet" in conjunction with a crocodile. Never say never...awwww, sweet xo

  2. Yes. Exotic creature perking herself up with gorgeous flower! Three-dimensional curving tail in motion shows her dignity.
    Have a nice weekend,

  3. Juxtaposition is right! We have alligators living in reconstituted waters near one of my walking parks. Crocs are an entirely different the flower garland croc crown...a unique and uncommon photograph!! Nice catch!Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my birch bark paper...yes, it really is quite red on the inside layer.

    Becky at

  4. Thank you for visiting my blog today. I"m fascinated to learn about this place in France. Wouldn't you just know that "French" crocodiles wear necklaces of flowers! :)

  5. Very weird juxtaposition all round, cos I actually find that flower a bit scarey too, in a kind of freaky way!

  6. Actually it DID look a bit scary waddling along. Like some kind of a voodoo thing! :)

  7. What an amazing picture. A croc all decked out for Spring :-)


  8. The shadow upon the photo looks like a cross.
    The crocodile and the flowers are appreciating the moment when they happened to come across.
    Have a good weekend !

  9. Funny!!!!! For me, the scary crocodile looks wearing a floral wig and trying to make her look sweet. I love texture of the creature and water in your photo very nuch. Yes, this place is the best choice to visit in winter!
    Jonny Woolf, have a wonderful weekend.

  10. That is quite the photo. I love to visit greenhouses and such in the winter to enjoy the warm and humid air.

  11. Wonderful shot, timing is perfect.


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