The Gator at a Distance
At first, I wasn't sure I was shooting the gator or some debris. But, as I got closer, the gator's snout and eyes were evident.
It stayed quite still at first, and watched me as I shot and walked closer and closer. But, as I got in front of it, it turned itself to face me, and then raised it's body as if to warn me.
The Gator Turns to Face Me
The Gator Rises to Warn Me
It slowly relaxed, and watched me for awhile, until it felt safe enough to get a closer look at me. It swam closer to me ... at first straight at me, and then off to my right, in order to stay a safe distance, but also to keep an eye on me the whole time.
The Gator Swims For a Closer Look
The Gator In For a Closer Look
I waited where I was, but then slowly came closer when it relaxed further.
The Gator Watches
The Gator Allows a Closer, Final Look
The gator allowed me to shoot away and stayed surfaced until I turned to leave ... when I turned around for a last look from the truck, it was gone