Saturday, October 2, 2010


10.02.10, originally uploaded by colemama.

Mostly submerged (...not unusual) this gator looks almost 'friendly' ... but looks can be deceiving! Though this alligator was in captivity at the Naples Zoo, there are many more 'in the wild' all over our area. They are amazing creatures - one moment, docile and the next, ferocious. Nonetheless, they rely on basic instinct and survival techniques on a daily basis.

There are times when we simply operate from the most primal of needs, but our thinking skills, our creativity, and our capability to adapt are more often called upon for survival in our contemporary world. Both parents and schools, as well as community, contribute to the facilitation of these modern 'survival skills'. All facets need to be powerful, empathic, and challenging - a proposition worth following and challenging! Naples Zoo, Naples, FL


  1. I like the way you caught him - mainly submerged. He has to use his wiles to capture prey - our education needs to be focused more on developing those survival skills (sometimes known as 21st century literacies) and less on rehashing facts.

  2. Wow! What a shot! I love the colors too.