Whether or not the post goes on to compete for the top prize is now up to the 3QD editors, but I’m glad that my essay made it past the first hurdle. Congratulations to all the other semi-finalists, too. Many are friends and all are excellent writers. The competition for the top three spots is going to be tough!
Top Image: A young Siamese crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis) at the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City, Utah. If you’re wondering why I keep including crocodile photos with these contest announcements, check out the original essay.