Wednesday, March 7, 2007

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I know how queasy you get by some of my alligator posts, so I intend to exploit it fully ;-)

Here we have another pair of Moorhens frolicking only a few feet away from the gator. This handsome fellow looks to be about 6 feet long (the largest alligator ever recorded in Florida was 17 feet 5 inches long or 5.3 meters) and seems totally disinterested. All tuckered out? Full tummy?

Or maybe, with Spring in the air he's more interested in love than war...

Update: Some of your comments made me think - human deaths caused by alligators have increased in recent years (11 people were killed by alligators from 2001 to 2006).
If you want me to continue bringing you these extreme (!) photos, may I suggest that you take up a collection to buy me a camera with a zoom lens, so I don't have to jeopardize my life each day for the cause ;-)

26 comments:

Jing said...

i think he is more interested in love...:P
look around him....so peaceful, and beautiful...why not enjoy it??

jing
:P

Chris & Deb said...

Isabella! I don't care if that alligator devours those two frolicking Moorhens. Let him devour them in front of women and children for that matter.
All I care about is WHAT WAS THAT FRUIT YESTERDAY, AND WHY WAS IT CRYING??
Sorry.
Um, nice photo, beautiful color, pretty birds and uh, scary alligator too..

isabella said...

Chris & Deb - please don't raise your voices, we are all pacifists here :-)
And...oh, yeah, Congratulations!
Please go back to the lime post for more...

Kate said...

Oh, all right, I'll go back,too. The alligator looks like he's going to be crafty. Poor Moorhens; not too bright are they?

Ming_the_Merciless said...

Do the Moorhens know the aligator is there or do they not care either?

Ahhhh....love makes us stupid, doesn't it?

Chris & Deb said...

Isabella-apologies for raising my voice....thankfully it looks like my rude behavior didn't awake the snoozing 'gator. I take back everything in that earlier unfortunate commentary. I hope those beautiful Moorhens are alive and frolicking today, but if not I sincerely hope no women and children were present to witness the carnage.

Nikon said...

Alligators bring out the romantic in you :)

Nikon said...

I love the colors in the water ripples from the middle of the photo to the top.

Mimmu said...

Reading comments of your posts are special exercise to my poor language and makes me wonder, why I must have studied Swedish, German and Latin and after those a little English and Italian, now I can not manage with you. THAT is irritating! ( My husband is laughing to me, he is obviously glad, do you know, why - - -? )

Have a nice day - anyway :))

~tanty~ said...

Nice picture and love the last sentence of your narration :)

Dsole said...

I'm with Tanty... Everything would be easier if we were think more in love than war... happy day there!

Oya said...

How can you come so close to an aligator anyway? Are you not scared?

Frank said...

The reason the alligator is not interested in the two ducks is because he sees you sneaking up on him, trying to take his picture.
Isabella, I think you need a camera with a telephoto lens. Its safer!

Olivier said...

si je devais parier, je dirais que l'alligator se prepare un petit diner tranquille...belle photo, j'espere que tu n'as pas mis ta vie en perile pour faire cette photo. ils sont agressifs avec les humains ?


if I were to bet, I would say that the alligator prepares a small quiet dinner… beautiful photograph, I hope that you did not put your life in perile to make this photograph. they are aggressive with the human ones?

Victoria said...

I love the gator photos, so exploit away!

isabella said...

Mimmu - I know how frustrated you are (having lived abroad myself)!
We use too much slang, jargon, colloquialisms, innuendos, double meanings and sarcasm...just to name a few ;-)
I propose that we establish one day a year where all of us have to post (and comment) in the native language of every member of the DP family! So one day we all post in Finnish, one day in Mandarin...What do you think?
And your English is very good! So, why does your husband laugh at you? Are you cursing a lot trying to understand our comments? ;-)

denton said...

Please don't risk your safety ... My first thought is that the alligator has a full stomach and that is why the ducks are ignored. However, my second thought is that surely the ducks would not be there is they sensed danger. They are pretty smart so the ducks most likely knew the alligator was trying to lure you in closer.

Olivier said...

Tu connais Milteau ? le morceau sur mon blog se trouve sur l'album suivant "Blue 3Rd" et il s'appelle "Rainy Night In Jersey". Son dernier album "Fragile" est superbe avec en Guest star la chanteuse Demi Evans.

Merci pour le complement d'information sur les alligators.


You know Milteau? the piece on my blog is on the album according to “Blue 3Rd” and it is called “Rainy Night In Jersey”. Its last “Fragile” album is superb with in Guest star the singer Demi Evans. Thank you for the further information on the alligators.

Jilly said...

Wonder how fast those birds could take off? Fast enough one hopes.

Super photo - hmmmmmmmmm, yes, a zoom sounds very necessary for you, m'dear. Take care.

Response for you on Menton DP. Thanks for visiting.

Jx

Zsolt72 said...

these "guys" are very brave...I guess I would be shocked:)

alice said...

Perhaps have they already had their dinner?(two other moorhens...who knows?)
Funny: in French, un citron is a lemon in English...

Lavender Lady said...

Telephoto, definately. I've seen too many adventure movies. As for your comment about posting and commenting in other languages...I have sources for help for about 8 languages...my ESL students...but having to comment in each language...I can see one word comments, that or a lot more grey hair.

Chuckeroon said...

Denton has it!!! The ducks know that the 'gator has his cunning ear on YOU!!!

M.Benaut said...

Isabella,
You must get a long lens. And you must always look behind yourself too. What if that little girl alligator had a hungry boyfriend sniffing around your ankles?

Nathalie said...

Oooooh these are called Moorhens? We have them here too.

I suggest you sell one or two of your gigantic hibiscus photos to a gallery, you'll get the money for a long lense in no time at all!

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