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Old Jun 30, 2012, 1:56 PM   #1
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Default Dang it! Yes, I admit I jumped.

(Let me preface this by saying that normally the gators that we see from time to time in our little pond are 4ft or less, and like most gators, will quickly move away from humans.)

I was working in the back yard today, pulling weeds and trimming some bushes in the flower garden. There is an Oleander bush at the edge of the garden next to the yard grass, and I made my way over and was trimming it, and there was nothing in the grass behind it when I started on it. I was standing in the grass working on that side of the bush when I caught something dark out of the corner of my eye. I turned around and there was a gator laying there, about 6 feet long.

Okay, I don't know how high I jumped, but admit that I did. Not only laying there, but he did not move when I yelled at him. Not a good sign. I ran inside and grabbed the camera, and came back, took a few clicks, and yelled some more. He responded by opening his mouth. Again not a good sign. I picked up rocks and threw at him, and he still did not move, only after I got the hose and started squirting him did he finally move back to the water, and then he stayed right beside the shore. Only when I hit him in the head with another rock did he finally swim away. Hopefully he went back into the woods and back to the Alafia River where he came from.

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Old Jun 30, 2012, 2:03 PM   #2
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I was trimming the oleander on the right side of the shot, and my back was to him before I saw him.





After I shouted and threw a rock at him:


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Old Jun 30, 2012, 2:53 PM   #3
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wow now thats what I call wild life lol

all we get are midges lol here in Scotland
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Hope you used your longest lens for those shots.

Although I see your neighbours on TV "rasslin' wit dem" on Swamp People.
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Wow.. Steve.. now that's gotta get the old adrenalin going. Well done for getting that close to the beastie and getting the shots.
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Old Jun 30, 2012, 6:23 PM   #6
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I would only be comfortable with a 1000mm or longer. Cool shots.
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Many thanks for looking and the the comments Ken, Brian, Harj, and Stretch. Fortunately the camera had the 50-200mm already on it, or the images would be a lot smaller, as when i took the shots I was standing well back in the garden, and not on the grass.


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Although I see your neighbours on TV "rasslin' wit dem" on Swamp People.
LOL. I will let you in on a secret: Nobody, and I mean nobody "rassles" a gator unless they are trained for it and getting paid for it in either a tourist exhibit or on television. We all get a laugh about that.
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Many thanks for looking and the the comments Ken, Brian, Harj, and Stretch. Fortunately the camera had the 50-200mm already on it, or the images would be a lot smaller, as when i took the shots I was standing well back in the garden, and not on the grass.




LOL. I will let you in on a secret: Nobody, and I mean nobody "rassles" a gator unless they are STUPID! or trained for it and getting paid for it in either a tourist exhibit or on television. We all get a laugh about that.
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I don't understand - why would anyone be afraid of an animal with such a nice smile like in #2?



Nice photos! I guess the camera's IS took care of any shake, huh.
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Coming from where I do, I know nothing about gators but this one appears not to have many teeth, old one or young and developing?

Though I would imagine with the size,speed and strength of them it hardly matters.

Intersting shots and i am glad there was no harm done.
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