Friday, October 07, 2005
My Favorite Gator Shot.
I think this is probably my favorite of many gator shots in my stash of photos. This one is actually a Kodachrome slide that I digitized.
This guy was doing his best to be a log, to not be noticed (yeah, right!) as I paddled by. It's rare to see water so still, but it sure is nice when you find it. I really like the MC Escher effect of the gator connected to his reflection.
It's Homecoming for the University of Florida Gators this weekend, and while I am not a sports nut...I am married to one. Mrs. FC is a certifiable sports nut and bleeds the orange and blue of the UF Gators. I prefer the mossy, scaley real thing. We...complement each other.
So, I am going to post at least one gator shot each day of this homecoming weekend.
I have only been bitten by a gator once, and that was at a stoplight in downtown St. Augustine.
I was maybe 13 and had caught a young gator of about 3 feet long. My dad drew the line at keeping a gator and suggested we take it to the St. Augustine Alligator Farm.
We were stopped at the traffic light at the foot of the Bridge of Lions in downtown St. Augustine waiting for the light to change. I was holding the gator in my lap, my left hand on his waist and my right on his head. He was pretty calm ...until I relaxed my grip.
He promptly reached over and grabbed hold of my knee. It wasn't a big deal, although I jumped and yelped. My dad had a strange look on his face as the light changed, he drove forward, and the gator continued to clamp down on me.
It was over in a minute. My Levi's protected me and I was barely scratched. I had him loose and repinned by the time we crested the bridge and the rest of the trip was uneventful.
Gators are much more prevalent today. They are truly an environmental success story. That's great news, but it means we really have to be gator conscious when around their habitats. I have never lost a dog to one, but it happens. I can never relax when my dogs are enjoying a swim in our tannin stained streams...mostly, I don't let 'em. I'm always scanning for the suspicious wake or swirl...not very relaxing.
More gator later...
Posted by R.Powers at 6:56 AM