My Gainesville is celebrating and respecting wildlife in their natural habitat.
We are so fortunate to have the La Chua Trail where we can visit our local natives without the restrictions of fences or other barriers.
I visited the trail early one foggy morning. This gator was strolling right on the trail. She seemed to be an older gator. Took a few steps, then would stop. Would take a few more steps, and just kept stopping to rest. She finally decided to make a turn toward the canal, off the path. When she turned, I managed to get a few shots from the damp grass. Unfortunately, I was a bit close for the telephoto lens.
When she settled again, I walked around to her other side. One of her eyes was somewhat clouded over, perhaps the sign of an older gator.
I felt privileged to be in the presence of this stunning ancient native.
Image by Marijka Willis