Thursday, April 1, 2010

Not An April Fool's Joke



It was such a beautiful day here we decided to take our boat out and row around the lagoon that backs up to our yard.  We hadn't taken the boat out in forever and so it took me a couple of minutes to figure out which way to paddle to get the boat to go in the desired direction, but we got our act together and started rowing.  The lot next to us (it's a more than 2 acre piece) doesn't have a house on it so it  always attracts a lot of wildlife.  Mac had walked through it just the other day looking for turtles.  Well as we rowed past it today who should we spy but our old friend the neighborhood alligator, and boy has he grown since last year.
When we first moved back to Georgia we thought we'd have to go to the Okefenokee Swamp in order to see alligators, but that has not been the case.  There is nearly always one living out in the lagoon.  They're very territorial so we usually don't have more than one.  The biggest one that we've had out there was almost 7 feet and the Housing Association called in a man called Trapper Jack to catch and remove him.
The one we saw today is still a fairly young one, looked to be about 4 feet long, but not very wide yet.  He must have really been dozing because we drifted to  about 10 feet from him before he leaped up and swam off.  Saw him again later and he was cruising between our dock and the next yard.  Click on the picture and you'll get a pretty good look at him.

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