When you first arrive at Sawgrass Lake Park, there is a picnic area along a narrow body of water backed by woods. It is here that we saw several species of water birds. Herons and egrets waded in the shallow water looking for lunch. Wood ibises probed the muddy bottom for prey. Energetic common gallinules swam to and fro showing off their bright red beaks and handsome white and black feather patterns. The backdrop of trees was colorful this winter day as swamp maples show red from turning leaf to blossom when the seasons change. The scene was unbelievably beautiful and peaceful.
But......lurking on the far bank, not far down the path, was a huge alligator. Of course, he was just lazing in the sun not bothering anyone or anything.