|This small alligator watched from a distance. |
It had a leaf on its face.
First thing in the morning I was sitting on the porch with my camera ready to get some good turtle, bird and maybe an alligator pictures. Rae is reading and drinking coffee. I am reading and checking the canal between paragraphs. At times Rae would say, "There goes an alligator, Jackie," and I would grab my camera and begin snapping. None of the pictures looked good. Alligators look like floating logs unless you can get close enough or have a good zoom lens.
"If you want a closer look, call for Andy," she said. Charlotte's neighbor had named one of the alligators that patrolled that part of the canal...and it would often swim over (with the promise of a treat). I know it is illegal to feed the alligators...I really know that. So, I put on my self righteous face and refused. It is just wrong!
|This turtle had no fear of Andy.|
|This turtle left when Andy arrived.|
A few minutes later I heard someone yelling, "AAANNDDY...AANNDY!" It was Charlotte's neighbor, "Joe". I stepped outside to the deck, camera in hand. This was so wrong...but...oh my...look! Two little bumps in the water were getting closer and larger...soon they became eyes and soon an alligator's form emerged from the water...tail slowly waving in the water, guiding it toward the deck. By this time "Joe" was on the deck next to me. "Heard you wanted a picture of Andy," he said. He had a string with a piece of chicken tied to it.
Snap, Snap, Snap....so what if it is illegal...these are great shots! By this time, Ray, Rae and Charlotte had joined us. Ray had his camera and we both snapped and took a few videos, too. There was a bag of marshmallows on the table. I threw a few out for Andy. Any guilt I felt was overshadowed by my selfish desire to get some good pictures. Oh...look...a turtle is joining Andy! Snap, Snap, Snap!
|Andy is ready for his treat.|
I have scattered a few pictures of Andy and the turtle throughout this post. I decided to write this because it was another example of someone naming a wild animal....and yes, Andy is a wild animal. My guilt has now returned...that was just not right...but I wonder...would I do it again....and I justify it by comparing it to feeding my squirrels and birds.