A fellow blogger http://busymindthinking.com/ asked me if I actually get close to gators when taking their photos. The answer is,”Yes!” Gators are not the monsters people think they are. Gators are actually quite docile, and are as curious about us, as we are of them. I often find they are quite afraid of humans. Here I am up close and personal with some gator friends. The ideal distance is 30 feet or more away from them. I might be cheating that a little here.

Ask me to do this for crocodiles and we have,”NO DEAL!” That is a totally different reptile with more aggressive tendencies.

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  1. Outstanding! I am so thrilled to see these pictures! I can’t imagine getting that close. Thank you for sharing them.

  2. When I was in Forestry Summer Camp in 1976 at Texas A&M University, we were way out in the East Texas Piney Woods when our bus had problems. We had to make do for several hours while a new bus tried to find us. Since there were 36 guys and 0 gals, some of us went swimming in our skivvies in one of the lakes. As we were getting out of the lake after about an hour, we saw an alligator sauntering along the bank towards where we were. I was imagining it thinking, “Wow! Haven’t seen a buffet like this before!”

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