20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
A dragonfly rests on an alligator's eyelid

I was photographing alligators in Florida (with a very long lens, of course!) and it wasn't until I got this image on the computer screen that I noticed a male amberwing dragonfly on its eyelid. And there's a reflection, too! There are over 100 species of dragonflies in Florida.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 04.2022
Date Uploaded: 11.2022
Photo Location: Ochopee, Florida, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Copyright: © Claudia Cooper