To a mother Alligator, her hatchlings are the most precious thing she has. She protects them fiercely, even to the end if she must. This intimate scene shows a mother quietly and patiently watching over her adventurous young, providing security for their youthful naivety. She is a solid force her hatchlings can rely on, and remains an encouraging safe haven as they grow. “Guardian” exhibits not only the softer side of these large reptiles, but also highlights the diversity and unique charm that exists in wetlands all over Florida.