This big gator was taking a nap right under the elevated walkway through the swampy area of the Tallahassee Museum
. Due to the lack of rain we have had this year, this area is not under water like it usually is. That is my shadow standing over the alligator in the first picture. Click on the pictures to enlarge, if you want a better view of this amazing animal.
That is a big one, glad he is behind a fence. But they are beautiful, a bit like an animal of long ago.
They look fatter than the crocodiles that we have in Costa Rica. I trust that it is not possible or they have not figured out how to get up on the elevated walkway.
At least the only part of you that the gator touched was your shadow.
Hi Lois, luckily there's only your shadow :)
He's a biggy Lois, but he does look like he's flat out asleep, still not sure if I would have been as brave as you.
No matter how many gators I see (and how far away I might be), they still creep me out a bit. Perhaps it's that prehistoric look coupled with all those teeth...
Cool! It seems the gator wants to eat your shadow! :-)
I'm glad that gator didn't get your leg, Lois! That would really put a cramp in your blogging style!
We are about 21 inches behind on rainfall this year. I have enjoyed the steady drizzle the last few days. Sorry I haven't visited in a while, been busy and wordpress trys my nerves everytime I use it. I love the Tallahassee Museum and girl, that's a big gator there!
That first picture is spooky looking. Rather ghostly and it is Halloween time. I don't think I could get used to those beasts. MB
EEEEeeee! Lois! What a shot--loved that first shadow shot especially. (grin) WOW!
He's a big one Lois! I need to visit this place again; it's been years. Heading to Maclay Gardens next Sunday to photograph the scarecrows in the park. This will be my 3rd year to go see them. So much fun! Your grandchildren would love them.
Most gators I've seen are asleep (or pretending to be)...I'm told they only eat once a month so...I guess one needs to know when a particular gator has eaten last! ;-)
I have seen them come alive and take out a bird though - at Shark Valley National Park in south Florida: It was an amazing sight ... water flying, roaring sounds, the bird shrieking...
But most times the birds stand next to them in the water.
Stone Creek has at least one gator now. That's pretty cool but some folks are worried about losing their little dogs.
I took a picture of that very gator napping beside that very tree today! Ha!
You just posted one of the biggest reasons I would never want to live in the Sunshine State :)
Alligators are deceptively lazy. Nice pic.
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