Alligators
Florida, U.S.A.
Alligators were easy to find in Florida, both in and out of
the water.  The gators are prospering.  While distracted,
I nearly tripped over this one, which is lying in the
middle of an Everglades hiking trail.  I'm very close to it.
Here is Myakka River State Park in southwest Florida.  For
me it was the best place to take wild alligator photos.  The
video includes a wonderful boat ride that the park offered.
This gator volunteered to provide close-ups.  Luckily
the camera can move in while I don't have to.
Jaws partly open is an even better picture.  What a
cooperative gator.  I could offer no reward.  The signs
all say "Don't Feed the Alligators".    
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary was another natural Florida
environment I encountered prior to reaching the Everglades.
If you have a high speed internet connection, watch the
Intrepid Berkeley Explorer's free video of this trip to Florida
by clicking on:
Manatees "R" Us