I won an award!

After hearing about a giant nest of birds at Corkscrew’s Lettuce Lake, a dozen photographers and I were out photographing wood storks, roseate spoonbills and egrets when this 10-foot alligator appeared. It started toward me and landed under the boardwalk exactly where I was standing, as if I had whistled for it to come over. I did what any opportunistic photographer would do: I leaned over and started shooting. I visit Corkscrew often and wonder if I’ll catch ‘my gator’ again, but I know the chances are slim that I’ll have the right conditions to get another capture like this one.