During the twelve years I lived in Sarasota, I spent many hours canoeing the Myakka State Park rivers and channels, drawing, painting, and photographing the beautiful landscape. The area, though filled with birds like egrets, was actually more home to alligators and water moccasins that stayed pretty much under the water's surface. Of course I saw many, but safety dictated that I paddle out of their range rather than take the time to photograph too many. Even with a long lens the amount of time they remained on the surface near me was too short to get good shots. and I preferred the beauty of the flora to the boring sight of nostrils and eyes.