Monet’s Gator

Monet's Gator

I wonder if Claude Monet had alligators in his garden at Giverny where he painted some of his most famous and stunning impressionistic views of the ponds there, would he have painted them a little like this Gator spotted today at the Wakodahatchee Wetlands at Delray Beach Florida? That, and Green Cay Nature Center a couple of blocks away, are both very, very good reasons we should try not to ‘pave paradise to put up a parking lot’. Both wetlands are surrounded by residential areas and bustling with people keen to catch a glimpse of Nature doing it’s thing… including a racoon eating a live turtle (which seemed very Japanese) and I WILL spare you that photo. Nature can leave me squeamish … sometimes.

Published by Yvette Aubusson-Foley


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  1. Great photo, Yvette. We lived in the Sarasota/Bradenton area and our villa community was developed in a wildlife refuge. This was a familiar sight on our drainage lakes and canals. People who complained were gently reminded by DNR that the gators were there first and we intruded on their migration routes. Loved to see them. Cantankerous critters they are. Will have to post one shot I have of the native bird population. About 12 species in one photo!
    Happy Easter.


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