On my last full day in Port A, we visited the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. The Texas drought has taken its toll on the wildlife habitats here and large portions of the refuge are closed to visitors. The only creatures we saw were the gators who were basking in the alligator viewing area near the visitor center. Susan and I walked within a couple of feet of one, snoozing at the edge of the water but I was nervous about being so close and when he opened an eye, I quickly retreated, using my long lens to capture some up close and personal shots of a few of these scaly creatures. I think their “smiley” faces are a ruse!