My alligator photographs reflect my views toward them. I find them powerful and sinister — especially the enormous ones at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary (estimated 14 feet and 1200 lbs, and 11 feet and 600 lbs). They are quiet and still much of the time, but if you see them move — either in a flash while hunting or slowly on the prowl, you know you had better keep your distance.
This week when I visited Corkscrew, a 17 square mile Audubon Nature Preserve with a two-mile boardwalk for observation, I was astonished to see the giant American Alligator, resting on an embankment, well camouflaged in the dappled light.
Here is a close-up of his face. (The naturalist told me this one is a male.) He eats mostly fish and baby alligators, less frequently birds.
Here is an action photo of another alligator at Corkscrew, crawling over the log.
Lest these gator photos leave you with a fright, we’ll close with a look skyward into the bald cypress grove, for which Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary was created in the 1940s.