20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Mother Gator, Six Mile Cypress Slough

A large female alligator is reflected in a pond at Six Mile Cypress Slough, a wetland preserve in Ft. Myers, Florida. About a dozen of her offspring were sitting on a nearby log, off camera. This was photographed in January 2022 from the boardwalk that winds through the preserve.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 01.2022
Date Uploaded: 11.2022
Photo Location: Fort Myers, Florida, United States of America
Copyright: © Helen Glazer