I grew up on Hilton Head Island South Carolina. My back yard was home to many an alligator. I'm not saying I was Steve Corwin, the crocodile hunter, or even Crocodile Dundee. Think of me more like a fool with a camera who doesn't know when he's too close. :) Actually, I've been MUCH closer, not wise, but it's the truth. I stalked this gator for about an hour to get this close without spooking him. It was a lot of crawl, wait, get bitten by bugs, crawl, etc.. I think you get the point. Anyways I was about 6 feet away. I was completely safe, I was on a low walking bridge, but I was on my stomach to get the right angle.