I just love capturing those moments when a large American alligator opens up those jaws to yawn or in thermoregulation. The American alligator is an apex predator and keystone species of wetland ecosystems. Crocodilians have been around for almost 200 million years and are crucial to the survival of numerous other species in the wetlands - wetlands that recharge the drinking water and serve as vital habitat for many species of plants and wildlife. On this afternoon, lighting made for nice portrait opportunity in a central Florida marsh wetland. I attempt to share the beauty of an oft misunderstood animal.