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A Small Drama, Alligator

I had been watching this Alligator as he floated in the water with his full back sticking up. Usually just see the head is out of the water unless they are actively using their tail to swim. He was staying in place.

Alligator
Alligator

I suspected he might be profiling, basically showing off, to either impress a female or warn off other males. And wham, he smacked the water with his head.

Alligator
Alligator

Expecting more, I waited, but that was it. There are dozens of large Alligators in this immediate area and evidently they were not impressed.

Alligator
Alligator

Patrolling the Pond

Alligators take casual swims around this pond, often looking for a sunny spot to get out of the water. After some heavy rains they have less places to choose.

Alligator Patrolling Pond
Alligator Patrolling Pond

I liked the mottled reflections of the trees in the pond, dissected by the passing Alligator.

Alligator Patrolling Pond
Alligator Patrolling Pond

Lines and more lines of an Alligator, a dead branch, lots of vegetation and all of their reflections.

Alligator Patrolling Pond
Alligator Patrolling Pond

Little Blue Heron Landing Pad

Herons like to land on things sticking out of the water rather than jumping right in if possible.

Little Blue Heron and Alligator
Little Blue Heron and Alligator

Sticks, rocks, and yes I’ve seen them land on Alligators.

Little Blue Heron and Alligator
Little Blue Heron and Alligator

This time the landing pad turned out to be a log.

Little Blue Heron and Alligator
Little Blue Heron and Alligator

The nearby Alligator didn’t seem to pay much notice as the Little Blue strutted by.

Little Blue Heron and Alligator
Little Blue Heron and Alligator

However, as the Little Blue turned, the Alligator sunk down.

Little Blue Heron and Alligator
Little Blue Heron and Alligator

Certainly the Little Blue Heron is not a threat to the Alligator, but he may not know that.

Little Blue Heron and Alligator
Little Blue Heron and Alligator

Alligators Got Teeth

I can’t resist the Alligators when they show off their teeth. This is a common pose to help regulate their temperature.

Alligator on Platform
Alligator on Platform

I’m not as close as I look here, this fellow was on a berm where the road, and I, were several feet (almost a meter) below him.

Alligator Laying on Bank
Alligator Laying on Bank