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Old 11-19-11, 01:02 PM   #1
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More alligator photos

You know I'm a sucker for photographing alligators that I pass along the road out to the beach, so here are a few more. This guy was only about four feet off the road when I went right by him. I turned around and got these pics:



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Old 11-19-11, 02:18 PM   #2
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Here are a few I took when we went to Myakka State Park this summer. I took my good Panasonic FZ50 camera on this trip since there was a place to store it in my wife's rack bag.

This one was swimming in the canel along side of the road. He was around 6 ft long.


These two were swimming under a bridge we crossed just after coming out of the parking area. The one on the left was huge, at least a 12 footer.
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Old 11-19-11, 02:34 PM   #3
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Here are a few of my past favorites, all from rides in the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, just north of Kennedy Space Center:







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And I thought squirrels were a problem on roadways.
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My first "real" job out of college was working for the City of Sanibel on Sanibel Island. Used to do alligator surveys at night from a canoe. Shined a light out in the water, counted the red glowing eyes and divided by two. Roosting anhingas, about 2 feet above the water in the mangroves, would scare the #$@^ at of you when you paddled into them in the pitch dark!
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You guys have such cool animals down there. All we have here in Illinois are deer and coons.
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You guys have such cool animals down there. All we have here in Illinois are deer and coons.
Deer, coon, and alligator are all pretty good when prepared properly.
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I'm thinking this is not a good place to let the kitty go out.
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I'm thinking this is not a good place to let the kitty go out.
Gator: "Here kitty, kitty."
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Kurt and other Floridians, how scary is it when you puncture while riding alone through swampy areas? I can just imagine a big 'gator sneaking up behind you as you're busy changing a tube.
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Gators actually are pretty timid. The one in the first photo in post #3 above jumped back into the water on the right when the car on the left approached. They really are a danger to people only if you're swimming in their pond (in which case you deserve to get chomped) or if you attack them. Nonetheless, I try to give the bigger ones wide berth when I see them. I don't think they're a threat to sneak up on you while fixing a flat.
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Gators actually are pretty timid. The one in the first photo in post #3 above jumped back into the water on the right when the car on the left approached. They really are a danger to people only if you're swimming in their pond (in which case you deserve to get chomped) or if you attack them. Nonetheless, I try to give the bigger ones wide berth when I see them. I don't think they're a threat to sneak up on you while fixing a flat.

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