Heeeeeeere come the gators…

A few days before my birthday last week we drove to Gainesville to eat peanuts and slather on sunscreen and watch the 4th ranked Gators beat Georgia in baseball.

The weather Friday night was perfect – mild and breezy – even a little chilly at times…

…but Saturday afternoon in Florida’s bright sunlight and 90-degree heat was brutal.

Before the game on Saturday, we stopped by the campus bookstore to purchase more must-have Gator paraphernalia. Did you know that you can buy packages of “official” eyeblack already printed with “Phil 4:13”? And yes – I bought a pack.

We also stopped by Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, also known as Florida Field and thanks to former coach Steve Spurrier – The Swamp.

It was Coach Spurrier who said “…..a swamp is where Gators live…..a swamp is hot and sticky and can be dangerous. Only Gators get out alive.”

Our seats for the baseball game were near the top behind home plate on the 1st base side of the field.

Perfect for capturing that walk-off Gator home run in the bottom of the 9th inning Saturday afternoon.

A couple of days before we left for Gainesville, we discovered this gator swimming in our pond.

We hoped he would move on while we were gone, but two weeks later, it’s apparent that he likes Pollywog Creek as much as we do.

He’s not a big gator. He’s young, maybe 4 or 5 years old and about 5 feet in length, it’s hard to tell. But a gator is a gator, and like all other gators, this guy has big teeth, a healthy appetite and a less-than-pleasant disposition.

I shot this short video yesterday as he moved from the bank of the pond back into the water…

We have had gators in the pond before, but never one as brazen as this one. He fails to retreat when approached and will actually follow me in the water as I walk around the pond. This gator definitely qualifies as a nuisance gator so we’ve called for a trapper to remove him.

Stay tuned in. I’m hoping that tomorrow I’ll be able to post: Heeeeeeere goes the gator…

6 Responses to “Heeeeeeere come the gators…”

  1. Creepy alligator! I hope the trappers get him. Was all that noise coming from tree frogs? Cicadas?

  2. Hi Jeanne! You've been in my thoughts this week – knowing how hard it is to leave those little grands. Creepy gator is right! I'd say he's worn out his welcome, but the truth is that he was never welcome. Those are cicadas "singing" in the background – with an occasional honk from neighbor's goose and peacock.

  3. Looks like a very fun time, Pat, but oh golly that gator – YIKES!!! You might find him knocking on the door some morning for breakfast! Glad you called a trapper.

  4. He follows you as you walk around the pond? He's lonesome! Or hungry. Or both…. After looking at your pictures, that old song from Peter Pan keeps running through my head: "Don't you ever smile, at a crocodile…"The baseball game looks like SUCH FUN! I've only been to one baseball game, ever, and it was a minor league in Billings. That would classify as a minor, minor, minor league game. I think college sports are the most fun to watch…those kids are so passionate and strong, and they really work at the sport.I'm sure your pet gator just heard your household was supportive of Gators and he's completely bewildered by your change of heart, now that he's in residence.

  5. If there is one gator, are there two? Be sure to let us all know when he is carted off, so we can sleep! On the other topic…your photos of the baseball game are amazing. What an eye…what perspective…you captured the feel of the day. Thanks for sharing your talent. Please stop by and visit my new blog: GraciousInteriors.blogspot.com Thanks. Maurie

  6. In the video, its like he is saying, "I'm ready for my close up". I would definitely be calling animal control.Mama Bear

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