Alligator mississippiensis, the American alligator;
Miami-Dade county, Florida (11 June 2016).
Here’s a nice, tight shot of a young American alligator striking the pose. For a time as a small child, gators weren’t all that commonly seen in my area of central Florida. Thanks to protections, however, their populations continued to regain their footing, and today they are fairly common anywhere there’s a decent habitat. I’m grateful. Alligators are resilient, beautiful, and important members of our ecological matrix.