Tuesday, September 25, 2012


On a glorious afternoon, my friend and I were sitting by her pool, looking over the languid Florida lake when we noticed a small creature sunning on the lakeshore. It was a young gator! 

Still new to Florida, my friend had never seen one up close and was quite excited. We ran into the house to get our cameras
(of course!) and quietly headed to the beachfront to capture this little fellow on film. Being the foolish fearless Florida native who has lived near gators all my life, I slowly crept up behind the creature, snapping photos as I closed in. This little fellow seemed to be afraid to move...he just stayed still, posing for our shots.

We continued to close in on our gator, reveling in the thoughts that we could share our photos and story with our traveling husbands and imagining them telling us that we were stupid brave to try to capture our gator on film.

Closer and closer we crept with great trepidation, thinking that at any time, the gator would turn and snap at us...

that is until we noticed the sun glinting on his eye. 
It was a FAKE!!!

Did we ever feel foolish!!! But we did have a great story...

(This is a repeat from my early days of blogging. I saw a gator this morning, and thought of this tale. It was worth retelling again...)

Enjoy nature!

Posting with Outdoor Wednesday...


Joey said...

Hahaha awesome!!! Such a funny story to tell people! Which part of FL is that? I used to live in Naples/ Estero and you would see gators all the time! (Real ones) ;-)
Thanks for sharing!!

Latane Barton said...

That is funny. Now who put that gator out there? I'd be after them with a broom... that I would!!

Gypsea Nurse said...

I am rolling away on my floor!!
You don't understand... this is SOOOOO something that would happen to me! And I am new to Florida as well!!
Thank you!! I needed this pick me up this am.
Cat @ Gypsea Nurse

jmac said...

funny!! BUT being as we real live alligators in the river right below not so funny! I would have freaked out!!
just want you to know that the pic of the paintbrushes n the ceramic shop was put on my blog just for you!!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

LOL That is the funniest thing I have ever heard, Jane. LOL

I am dropping by to wish you a Happy Fall. I'm not back to blogging, still sans computer, have stolen Mr.M's IPAD tonight, but it's sohardto type. Can you tell??? Naw.

Anyhow, lots to tell you. Will you email me with your phone number?


Love you...


rjerdee said...

Ha, ha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Sucker!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Dropping by to give you a little cyber hug.



Deanna said...

Grins...think I can tolerate the fake reptiles better than real ones. Still, I can appreciate nature from afar!

Hubby was going through boxes in the garage and opened one with a fake snake inside....he said it took his breath away.

Pleasant Autumn to you,

jmac said...

OMG......I get back to states tomorrow. First time tonight with real internet....first place I come is to you.....and you haven't posted since I left???? what UP?? heading to email now...