Well, since Everglades National Park is synonymous with alligators, we'll start the highlights of our recent trip there with what can only be described as a "Show off Gator". This guy really wanted us to see his incredibly large (and pristinely clean looking) maw. So, how did we get to this point?
Well, we were hiking the Anhinga Trail, a very popular walk in the Everglades. At the end of a boardwalk, we paused to take in the beautiful scenery when this guy spotted me immediately. (Note I say me…not the SDP Jr. Editor who was present and accounted for on this adventure. I suspect I may have been viewed as a smaller, more manageable snack….but, who knows?!) For whatever reason, the gator made a beeline toward me as you can see in this video.
Although there was decent bit of separation between us (and I was elevated on a boardwalk), there's something a bit unnerving about an imposing beast like this staring you down and swimming straight for you. It didn't even wait to get on land before exposing it's massive white/pink mouth, teeth and all. Naturally, I was looking down at my camera at the time -- and almost missed the entire "gaping maw scene" which happened very quickly. Fortunately, the SDP Jr. Editor was on her game and alerted me: "It's mouth is OPEN!"
This is what it looked like without my long lens -- and no cropping. Welcome to the Everglades! It's perfect timing that we're sharing these photos, because it's National Park Week in the U.S. Although I've lived in Florida for almost 18 years, this was my first visit to Everglade National Park and I really enjoyed it. We'll be sharing more from this wonderfully wild and swampy area soon.