While we were visiting my cousin in Southport, North Carolina last week, she took us to a lake near Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson, where she had seen wild alligators before. The kids and I really wanted to see one, and boy did she deliver.

It was a total shock. We shouldn’t have been so surprised, because knew we were visiting a spot where they were likely to be. But there was no sign of them. The water was still. So when this huge head appeared 15 feet from us without a single warning, we screamed. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a stealthy creature.

Alligator near Brunswick Town / Fort Anderson Historic Site

Alligator near Brunswick Town / Fort Anderson Historic Site

Alligator near Brunswick Town / Fort Anderson Historic Site

Alligator near Brunswick Town / Fort Anderson Historic Site

…. and that’s when I got out of there!

I’m pretty sure he/she was just yawning, because there didn’t seem to be any aggression involved, BUT STILL. What a rush!


To see more of my wildlife photography, check out my Fauna gallery in my online shop.


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Charlotte Geary

CHARLOTTE GEARY

Lifestyle, event, and portrait photographer with a vibrant, joyful style and 17 years of professional experience.

Located in Reston, Virginia near Washington, D.C. and available for travel.

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