14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Sustainable Travel
Surface Tension

This alligator was about 5 feet off the bank of Gator Lake at St. Andrews State Park in Panama City, Florida in a designated nature trail with nothing between it, me, my husband and our two young boys. I love the delicate feeling of the feather and the intense fierce stare of the alligator. A balance of good and bad, love and hate, nature and nurture...a balance so delicate and strong just like the surface tension of the water itself. This, to me, answers the question of what a sustainable travel project should be. We are all a part of nature itself. Traveling sustainably gives us choices to recognize ecological and biological systems that should remain diverse and productive indefinitely. We must be aware of our impact on our environment and the efforts by many to preserve it for generations to come. There is no better way to understand that than by getting out there and getting face to face with it, capture and share those moments and bring back the stories of struggle and survival in our natural world.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 06.2015
Date Uploaded: 11.2016
Photo Location: Panama City, Florida, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T5
Copyright: © Bonnie Chapa