Monday, October 18, 2010

Blue Monday - Alligator!

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We used to live on a lake, and we now have a small pond in our backyard. It's so peaceful; I love to see the blue sky reflecting in the water. People often ask if any alligators live in the water. I've always answered that I've never seen any. However, this is Florida, and where there's water, there could be a gator.




Last Monday, Johnny spotted an alligator strolling in our front yard! He watched it as it continued through to our back yard and into the pond. Then, he grabbed the camera. Here's the proof. You'll have to squint, but it's that small dot in the water.




This shot is a little closer.





I'm sure this shot is close enough. Wanna come over for a swim?




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94 comments:

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Sally! EEEEEEK! He was in your yard??? That's a little too close for comfort. I know we used to swim and ski in lakes and bodies of water with gators, but still... I would rather see them in the zoo. LOL! Or maybe at a Gator game. ;-)

Happy Blue Monday to you!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Marice said...

awww no thanks! cool shot!

Dandelion and Daisy said...

That's a tad too much wildlife for my taste! Beautiful pond though! I'd enjoy looking at that every day, too! Thanks for hosting another Blue Monday.

tales from an oc cottage said...

No thx! I'll stay right where I am! YIKES!

m ^..^

anne said...

There's indeed an alligator, waaaaahhh scary

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Sally, I think I'm on there twice! Sorry. Not sure how that happened, but I thought my link didn't go through.

XO,

Sheila :-)

Dena E's Blog said...

OmGeeze,,,Sis,, were you putting food out for him???? Just teasing Sally..YIKES is right...
Blessings and PRAYERS Dena

LV said...

Where you live is truly a lovely place. That woulds have scared me to death to have that creature, regardless of size, that close to my home. Those are very good shots of it.

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

"Oh My, that's Quite a visitor"!!! No Swimming there!!!
GREAT picture! I did a bit better this week LINKING back to you. I WILL GET BETTER, I promise!
Hugs to you,
Donna

Annie said...

I was just watching an Animal Planet program last night about urban alligators. There are patrols that go out and chase these bad boys down, catch them humanely and then move them to the outer limits elsewhere. I'm guessing you or your neighbors have had to call them a few times. But, seriously. YIKES!!

Coffeeveggie addict. said...

Awww,that's scary though I love animals I may n0t like them in my yard....
weekend getaway @ kenting

Fifi Flowers said...

SCARY blue post... I don't think I'd like to go in that water.
Have a great week!
Fifi

xinex said...

OMG, I am glad you did not step on it thinking it was a log. There was an 8 ft alligator who crossed our yard too in FL. to go to the next house. Our neighbor found it trying to get to their pool. It made it on national news about 2 years ago. Yikes!...Christine

Fe said...

what an alligator infront of your yard, isn't that scary....happy blue monday sally

Elaine said...

I only like alligators if they are in pictures or behing a high fence. Happy Blue Monday

Anni said...

So what do you do when you find an alligator? leave it there or call for help?

Happy Blue Monday!

mercedes said...

Sally, this is my first visit and link to your Blue Monday... wonderful post and pics from you today! I'm delighted to have discovered you! :) mercedes

Barbara Jean said...

OH MY GOSH!!

How big was it? Is tha pond in your back yard?? No thanks on the swim invite!!

thanks for hosting.

blessings

barbara jean

Rinkly Rimes said...

One very evil blue eye! And I reject the offer of a swim!

Eden said...

No, thanks, Sally! It's so scary.

But I like the place. It is so beautiful. Lovely photos and the reflections are fantastic.

Happy Blue Monday.

genny said...

here again, posting another entry for blue monday meme. hope this will count. thanks!

Life Ramblings said...

nice shots. love the reflections in the lake but the alligator looks scary.

Jeanne said...

Hi Sally, as you can see I am up very late posting the blogger party. I fell asleep on the couch all evening and now who can sleep after that silly move.

Love your backyard view of the pond. I was going to say I bet there is a gator in that water and no surprise, there was. I am imagining your hubs watching that gator walk through your yard and into the pond. I hope your neighbors keep watch on their pets.

When our daughter's new home in Kissimmee was under construction, we saw a HUGE gator in the lot next door. He was quite a ways from the lake. Very scary. She has not seen a gator again for a few years now. It is a golf course community and there are many lakes in the area.
Gators are out there for sure. There are a couple of them that live in their home. The football kind. HA!

Happy Blue Monday.
Love, Jeanne

Doni said...

I wouldn't be able to stay there...I'd have to move! I wouldn't be able to sleep or anything thinking a gator would jump at me from the commode or something!!!! AAAKKKKKK!!!!
Oh my, I don't know how you do it!
BUT, the view is gorgeous!! WITHOUT Mr. Gator!!
I'm joining you this week for Blue monday! Have an awesome GATOR FREE week!!!
Blessings, Doni

maritz said...

My blue monday is up... care to visit?

Kero said...

eeek! just the thought living close to a gator makes me shiver!

hope you guys stay high, dry, and safe.

an exhibit of Andy Warhol illustrations for my entry this week

http://kcelebration.blogspot.com/2010/10/andy-warhol-exhibit-part-i.html

maritz said...

Love to be here always

Vernz said...

if I'm desperate enough Sally, I will do it... ewwwwww... I can imagine how this guy's gonna munch on my bones...

eileeninmd said...

Sally, beautiful capture of the skies reflection. The gator looks scary but would still be neat to see one. Far away of course.

NatureFootstep said...

I think I´ll pass on the swimming today. :)

Kayce said...

OMG! that's so scary! I can't imagine myself being there. lol!

Crafty Gardener said...

That alligator is a bit too close for me, I won't be popping by for a swim no matter how hot it gets.

Donnie said...

We're getting ready to head to Lady Lake, Florida, since we're snowbirds, and there are quite a few small gators there. Small gators equals big gators so we have to watch out around the water. Your husband took a great photo.

Icy BC said...

What a awesome shots of the alligator!

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Having a pond on the property is really wonderful but...I'm not swimming there! That's for sure! Great photos!
Happy Blue Monday!
Coralie

Beverly said...

Happy Blue Monday, dear Sally.

I would have bet my pay that there was a gator. When we lived in Fort Lauderdale, we lived on a canal. And, there were definitely gators.

When I was very ... pregnant, I went outside and stretched out on the bank of the canal to enjoy the warm sun and cool breezes. Well, I fell asleep, and I was awakened by a movement next to my arm. A baby gator had come up next to me to enjoy the sun, and was returning to the water. I was so stunned, it was a wonder I didn't have the baby right then.

onangelwings said...

Oh my...look at that.

Tove said...

Hi Sally!
I afraid I have to turn down your invitation ;D. In fact I wouldn´t ever go near your backyard. Nice enough to see on TV.

Happy Blue Monday from a Grey Tenerife.

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

no thank you, I think I will just look at it from afar...lol..we got several in the big Lake down the road from my house and I just ride by never stop.
Molly
Beautiful cloud reflection shot in your second picture.
Molly

La said...

HOLY COW!

I just got back from Florida and was walking around the pond in my aunt's complex. If I'd seen this bad boy, I would have messed my pants.

Last trip, my cousin took me back to the creek behind her house to show me a gator slide. She's never actually seen the gator, but her son has.

Auntie E said...

Lovely views of the land. I would want to be there. However that Crock isn't so inviting.
My Blue Monday link for you

Denise Marie said...

Sally, that is not nearly as cute as a turtle running around in the water close by. I had wanted a place on the bayou here and we nervously laughed about the alligators in there. He's been known to eat doggies walking by.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Hi Sally, The closest that I have ever gotten to a gator was probably at the zoo. They kinda creep me out. Those are some very cool pictures that you have today.

Diane at Crafty Passions said...

I would not trade my moose for your alligator ! LOL !!!
Diane

barbarah said...

What a beautiful blue reflection in the pond. I hope the alligator just came for a visit and doesn't make your pond his home!

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Yikes! My husband got jumped by an alligator years ago while wade fishing. Fortunately, it hit his shrimp bucket tied several yards behind him and he wasn't hurt! Great post.

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Yikes! My husband got jumped by an alligator years ago while wade fishing. Fortunately, it hit his shrimp bucket tied several yards behind him and he wasn't hurt! Great post.

Mama Ko said...

Holly macaroni! Alligator...Ms Sally, that alligator gives me a creep. Right at your backyard. you guys take care. Thanks for sharing

ellen b. said...

Gator!! Stay out of that water Sally! :0) Love the reflections of the clouds in that blue water!

Loui♥ said...

Hi Sally!
nope..no swimming for me!!
This mermaid prefers the ocean or preferably our beautiful Gulf of Mexico! no alligators there!!
have a beautiful Blue Monday!!
warm sandy hugs!
Loui♥

genny said...

hello sally,
it is from a friend who is now living in Ocoee Florida. she told me the took this picture while she went to disneyland.

☺lani☺ said...

Thanks for the greetings! Happy Week ahead!

Annie said...

Hi Sally,

Got your request to enter the link and return for Blue Monday. My bad. I forget return links way too much. Thanks for the reminder.

Hugs,
Annie

reanaclaire said...

hi..Happy Monday to u all

salmagundi said...

I'm as close as I want to be sitting right here in Colorado. Of course, we have bears that stroll through our yard at night. I guess there is no difference!!! Sally

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Mama Zen said...

Yikes!

Valerie@travelingthrough2 said...

Hi Sally,
Oh that's scary! I think I'd prefer to stay out of the water. Beautiful pond though and I love the clouds reflected in it.
Valerie

Mrs. M @ TLC said...

We're glad we're able to join you this week, Sally. Our entry is in Zoe's World.

Thanks for hosting. Blessings!

Dhemz said...

oh my! that's pretty scary Sally...eehehe...alligator?! oh dear...ahhahaha!

I would love to have a pond in our backyard where you can go fishing and pretty much unwind.

Judi said...

Sally!!?? IN your pond yikes!! Well now you know so you have to be a bit careful. I'm glad Johnny got such good pics of him IN the pond and not any closer. I wonder whether he'll be "hanging" around there or moving along at some point..
Happy Blue Monday!
Judi

Ben and Carrie Tracks said...

As Traveling Wildlife Biologists, we worked with alligators down along the texas/lousiana border for a year - we weren't blogging at that time, but have been for over a year now about our travels/work.....thanks for hosting :)


www.benandcarrietracks.blogspot.com

Kels said...

YIKES!!! I'll pass on the swim. ;)
The first picture is really beautiful!
Have a wonderful Monday!
Kelsey

Nnika said...

wow, that was a little scary.. I woulnd´t like an alligator in my yard... Lucky me living in a country without alligators.. :-))

Joyful said...

I love the pond in your yard. I think I'll skip the swim though! ;-)

Cabin and Cottage said...

Hi Sally! Fun gator shots! Your own little wildlife safari!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Yipes....... Welcome to Florida... Right?????? Now what happens??? Do you just leave him there---or does someone have to remove him --and take him somewhere else?????

Glad you didn't get out and take a little swim!!!!! ha

Have a great week.
Hugs,
Betsy

Joy said...

Love your backyard! Watch those gators now ;)

Mildred said...

Wow - great photo! My husband's parents used to live in Venice FL and frequently had gators on the golf course and lake behind their condo. It was quite an experience for me to see them. Hope you have a great week.

Ann said...

Our ponds are full of fish, frogs and occasionally snakes, but never a critter like that one! Your pond looks beautiful though.
Love your conacopia.
Ann

Claire said...

Hope this blue toile edging qualifies me for this linky party!!

shannon i olson said...

how neat....my next post for my Story tellers meme is going to be about our trip to a gator farm!!!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

This is the one thing that bothers me a bit about our plans to move to Florida in a few years. I'm not sure I could get used to a gator walking around in the yard!

bj said...

OH. MY. LORDY.
I can not EVEN believe this, Sally.
It would scare the living daylights right out of me. Do you have a dog? Oh, my...it sure would have to stay inside, hu.
Oh, gosh, my heart is racing, just thinking of Johnny out there, taking pics of such an ugly thing.
Can you put up an alligator proof fence? I surely hope so...
My grands would be lovin' this to pieces...they would be running and holloring and giggling...

bj said...

Sally, don't you be leaving your doors open, even for a few minutes. one could easily come inside. OMGOSH...
Excuse me...gotta go to the bathroom...:)O)))

♥ Kathy said...

I think that's just awesome Sally! I hope you had a happy Blue Monday :)

SALTBOX TREASURES said...

Hi. This is my first blue monday. Thanks for hosting this blog party.
~ Julie

Together We Save said...

Yikes!! Was that at your home??

Gunsside said...

This is scary in " my world !
Great shots !!
Have a nice week.

jlshall said...

Wow, am I glad I don't live in your neighborhood! Seriously, those are amazing photos!

We're going to be moving back to Texas when the hubby retires, and the area we're looking at is still a little rural. I've been worrying about all the deer roaming the yards, but compared to alligators, deer should be no problem at all!

Lynns Lovelies said...

Oh Salllleeeee!! Those photos brought a flashback of growing up in Florida. We lived in the New Tampa (before we moved up here) in a new development.Both of our boys were very little. Imagine my fear to look out the front window and see a baby gator crossing the street a few door away! Actually we were actually in HIS neighborhood. lol!

Happy Blue Monday!
Hugs,
Lynn♥

SALTBOX TREASURES said...

Hi Sally, Thanks for visiting and commenting.
~ Julie

Coloradolady said...

Sally, I am afraid my pups would be either his afternoon snack or supper....oh, goodness! You had better be careful when going outdoors....where there is one, there has bound to be more!

Blondie's Journal said...

I was just watching a show on Animal Planet about alligators attacking. {{{Shudder}}}. Are you nervous about hanging out in your backyard? Unbelievable pics!

XO,
Janie

thestonerabbit said...

Does that gator LIVE in the pond now, or was it just "visiting"? YOU be careful with that critter lurking in your back yard! Great photo, however! I believe I saw that boy (or girl) smiling for the camera!!

LOVE your kitchen....I have cherry cabinets, too.

Hope all is well with you!!

Dana

Auntie E said...

Sally, thought you should know the link above to the rules does not work. the page is empty.

Charli and me said...

Oh wow! Oh my! Charli could never live there although your pond is beautiful. If one happened to be on your drive way, or porch, and you walked outside would it attack or would it run away?

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Sally,
That alligator is a little too close for comfort! LOL

Thank you for the visit today...I have been a terrible blogger lately.

Can't seem to regain my enthusiasm, and have thought about stopping all together.

You seem to be doing really well with your Blue Monday! Keep up the good work!

A Hint of Home said...

I think I'll pass on the swim! I would love to have a pond in my yard though.
Great pictures!

On Crooked Creek said...

Sally,
Forget Halloween. . .this is too scary! Please be careful in your yard! Keep in touch!
Fondly,
Pat

sara said...

No, I don't want to come for a swim!! Those things scare me to death. I hope you don't have any little dogs/cats running around!!!

Kero said...

I am returning to link back but seems you closed MR. Linky.

http://kcelebration.blogspot.com/2010/10/andy-warhol-exhibit-part-i.html

shopannies said...

great pictures but I think I will pass on the swim

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Good evening Sally...sorry it's taken me so long to come by here my friend...Just got back in the state on Monday night...My daughter had surgery and I was gone for a week..I pray all is well in your world my Dear friend and thanks for the shoud out girl..Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria