I first spotted this Alligator laying on the lawn between the Mill Pond and Butterfly Lakes at Middleton Place. I didn’t take his picture; it was a scene I’ve photographed many times.
Then he decided to take a walk–now that’s a bit different.
He crossed the lawn, dropped into the small pond closest to the rice field. I had taken a longer route, not really expecting to see him again, and arrived here just as he climbed out on the other side.
He ducked back into the water when he spotted me; I passed by and waited.
The Alligator continued his trek at a slow, steady pace…across the pedestrian path…
…across another small lawn…
…then into the rice field pond he went.
Middleton Place, Charleston, SC
April 6, 2023