At First Sight
With a childlike eagerness I awaited my very first gator sighting of the season. The American Alligator is seasonally prevalent in the local waterways, primarily Greenfield Lake in Southern, coastal North Carolina along the Cape Fear River. In winter months they enter a brumation period and unless you are looking for a snout above water in very remote places, they are all but gone for three months. So on an unseasonably warm early Spring day I set out on my kayak hoping I might discover my first of the season. Nestled amongst the first green growth bursts along the shore, this adolescent caught my peripheral vision as I paddled by. Luckily the warm sun's spell kept this fella stationary and patient with me as I positioned myself in a small cove area and nested down in my kayak to get the perfect shot to tell the story of my first sighting and this beauty's first sun bask in a still new, and exciting young life.