Getting numb to the dangers while on a wild trail is never a good thing. It is one of the aspects that I try to remind myself of, but habitually forget. Just because a creature like this one (attached) is smiling at us, does not mean that he is happy to meet us.
On the contrary, alligator smiles are as deceiving as they are broad.
We got to within three or four feet of one of these large guys the other day on the trail and the speed of his leap caught us by surprise. Just happy his leap was away and not towards. ?
Familiarity (as in many parts of life) gets us to drop our guards and become vulnerable to those around us. I need to remind myself that not all that glitters is gold.
Hope this guy adds a little smile into your weekend.