Thursday, April 21, 2011

Watch your step!



Warning sign near the beginning of the trail around Lake Esther. I have never seen an alligator near this lake, but evidently someone has!

19 comments:

Tanya said...

scary!! does it stop you from going?

Birdman said...

I'll hit the beaches. Keep your gators! hahahaha

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I went camping with some friends of mine years ago at an state park south of Houston, TX that was known for its alligators. I was on a hiking trail along a lake when one of he logs about 10 feet away took off and splashed into the lake. I started looking around me much more carefully.

Ms. Moon said...

I've never seen a sign like that. I love the "urban area" thing. Sure doesn't look too urban but then that's Tallahassee.

SRQ said...

We are on the same wavelength today, Lois!! How funny is that?! I always keep a healthy distance between me and ponds & lakes in Florida. I don't like surprises in the water. (And, this is from a scuba diver who loves to swim with sharks.) :)

Lois said...

Tanya--no it doesn't stop me, I love seeing them and they don't usually bother you unless they feel threatened. I would never walk a dog near the lake though. They will come right up out of the water after a dog.

Yogi--I've seen them near other lakes and the Wakulla River. They usually are so still that you don't notice them, so it's good to keep an eye out!

Darla said...

They can out run any man on this planet the first 20 yards! You are brave Lois.

Halcyon said...

Not sure I agree with this sign. I've seen plenty of alligators in water hazards at golf courses in "urban" areas. Always good to be safe though!

Sylvia K said...

I was amazed to see some alligators in unexpected places on some of my visits to Florida! Always good to keep your eyes open and be aware that they could be snoozing and looking like a log! Happy Easter, Lois!

Sylvia

Tricia said...

They sure are scary... I don't know what I'd do if I saw one! =)

√ Honest Abe said...

Alligators...

I am relatively safe with the hawks, birds of all feathers and an occasional raccoon, possum, rabbit and chipmunk.

Cezar and Léia said...

Please take care dear Lois! I'm always afraid of these critters! MOL
purrs, love and Happy Easter to you and little Gracie!
Luna and hugs from mommy Léia

jennyfreckles said...

Eek, thankfully there aren't too many in the river here in Saltaire!

Jack said...

Alligators are everywhere in Florida. This looks like a sign the lawyers made them put up. "You're on notice." Reminds me that in the 1970s and 80s, the entrance to every highway in Connecticut had a scary warning that construction was going on and you were assuming the risk. Eventually the courts made them take them down.

Jacob and Lois Anne said...

We had no known alligators in our Stone Creek ponds when we moved here a year and a half ago...then one was spotted. Now, there are three or more, supposedly. Anywhere there's water they will come!

I think Jack's right - alligators are permanent residents of the state and you could post this sign near every lake, pond and river in Florida!

Corker2 said...

No thanks. Don't really want to run into one of those gators. That sign would be enough for me to stay away or be darn careful of where I go.

Les

Lisa Wilson said...

Yikes! In an urban area!

Tamera said...

How funny, around here it's mountain lions. (http://csdailyphoto.blogspot.com/2010/07/beware-of-natives.html -- and Lois when I posted this you mentioned the gator danger there!) Next time you spot a gator, you should take a picture of it for the blog -- from a safe distance please! :o)

Kaori said...

That must have been quite a shock for whoever spotted it first!