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Gulf Golf November 8, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Exercise & Fitness, Humor, Nature, Poetry.

Alligators guard

the 11th hole and green

flashing toothy grins

Golf . . . a good walk spoiled. ~ Mark Twain

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1. mrkoenig66 - November 8, 2011

This is all around an excellent piece of work. The sarcasm and humor, I applaud! (Though, being a fan of Mark Twain may prejudice my liking somewhat! :-))

nrhatch - November 8, 2011

Thanks! Glad you enjoyed,

Mark Twain shared amazing wisdom in his writing.

2. adeeyoyo - November 8, 2011

I see they give him a wide berth…

nrhatch - November 8, 2011

Wouldn’t you? 😯

3. Ruth - November 8, 2011

hehe, Mark Twain did have a way with words 😉 – but then I’m no golfer (or not what a golfer would call a golfer)…

nrhatch - November 8, 2011

I’ve rarely been on the greens . . . probably because I’d rather walk without lugging around clubs and irons.

I’ll meet you on the 19th Green! 😀

4. Sandra Bell Kirchman - November 8, 2011

We had our first snowfall on Sunday. The white stuff is still here, and the temp this morning is -5C (12F). I mentioned to hubby that I wanted to move to Florida. However, after seeing these pics, I’ll stick with snow and ice.

Great pics and text, Nancy!

nrhatch - November 8, 2011

Thanks, Sandra. It’s 75 degrees here today . . . and nary an alligator in sight. 😎

Sandra Bell Kirchman - November 8, 2011

I think you have a mean streak, Nancy. *shiver* 😦

nrhatch - November 8, 2011

That WAS mean. My bad! 😛

5. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - November 8, 2011

Eeek, I mean I could take it. I think this is why they invented golf carts.

nrhatch - November 8, 2011

Golf carts keep toes safe from toothy visitors, eh?

6. suzicate - November 8, 2011

Not into golf. or alligators. but if I had to make a choice between the two….

nrhatch - November 8, 2011

I love watching gators . . . from a reasonable distance. I don’t feel like trying to outrun a hungry reptile. 😀

7. Perfecting Motherhood - November 8, 2011

Scary alligator! I love the Mark Twain quote – so true.

nrhatch - November 8, 2011

Some of the golfers in my family would disagree with him . . . but I’d rather stroll and chat with Twain than chase a golf ball hither and yon. 😉

8. sufilight - November 8, 2011

The photos of the toothy alligator made me gasp “OMG”. LOL. Enjoyed the Mark Twain quote. Will be sending this to my sister who lives in Florida. 🙂

nrhatch - November 8, 2011

This golf course and its resident gators are in Palmetto at Terra Ceia Bay.

9. Alannah Murphy - November 8, 2011

He’s cute. Yes, he is, toothy and all 🙂

nrhatch - November 8, 2011

“My, Allie, what BIG teeth you have . . . “

Alannah Murphy - November 8, 2011

hee hee 😀

nrhatch - November 8, 2011

Your post today motivated me to put on some Clapton while making a lasagna. I am happily listening to Love Comes Over You from Journeyman.

Music Rocks!

10. golfinglife - November 8, 2011

We have Alligators like those at my club (Cork Golf Club, Ireland) too – but they’re usually pulling the caddycar! GAF at Golfing Life.

nrhatch - November 8, 2011

Does everyone give them a wide berth? 😯

11. Nancy Curteman - November 8, 2011

Seeing that alligator on the golf course is amazing! It could be dangerous, oui?

nrhatch - November 8, 2011

Alligators are rather “shy” . . . as long as they aren’t hungry. 😉

12. bluebee - November 8, 2011

Clearly, Mr Twain could not hit a ball 😉 I’ve never been chased by a croc on the golf course but have been growled at by a ‘roo

nrhatch - November 8, 2011

I expect that you’re right about Twain’s lack of golf prowess. Those who have mastered the game proclaim it to be the best game ever invented.

13. Booksphotographsandartwork - November 8, 2011

Those things are just plain scary! I would not want to play golf with them around. I can’t believe the size of one that I saw in my hometown (in SC) a few months ago. I had to be over five feet long! Not near the house that I grew in though.

nrhatch - November 8, 2011

I must say that shark attacks worry me more than alligators. But I would still keep a wide berth of any I encountered.

14. Tori Nelson - November 8, 2011

Yikes! Love the Twain quote… could do without seeing an alligator for the rest of my life 🙂

nrhatch - November 8, 2011

We weren’t playing golf that day . . . but we sighted several alligators from up close and farther away. They weren’t interested in chasing us since we are too big to eat.

15. Tokeloshe - November 8, 2011

Wow! That is scary!

nrhatch - November 8, 2011

Definitely something of which to be wary. 😯

16. Julie - November 8, 2011

I love that Mark Twain quote. I grew up in a family of avid golfers and could never get into it myself.

nrhatch - November 8, 2011

It’s one of those games that you either love or you hate. I’d rather go for a walk, myself. 🙂

Sandra Bell Kirchman - November 8, 2011

I’d rather go to a bakery and watch the buns rise 😛 (quoting a phrase from John Denver in Saturday Night in Toledo, Ohio).

nrhatch - November 8, 2011

Or watch my bread machine knead dough. 😉

17. kateshrewsday - November 8, 2011

This is fabulous, Nancy. Novel for even your part of the world 😀

nrhatch - November 8, 2011

Especially when they’re acting so feisty when the players just want to play through. 😉

18. Maggie - November 8, 2011

I’m glad alligators don’t live where I am…

nrhatch - November 8, 2011

I’m disinclined to swim in murky ponds, but so far they haven’t impeded our travels.

19. jeanne - November 8, 2011

way too close for comfort..

nrhatch - November 8, 2011

I might have walked around the far side of the building.

20. Paula Tohline Calhoun - November 8, 2011

Some of my very favorite cartoons are golf cartoons! Your photos look like they could be cartoons in and of themselves.

You alligator in the marsh photo looks very much like one I got while at Cypress Gardens in SC! As long as they aren’t chasing me, I kind of like watching them!

nrhatch - November 8, 2011

The alligator in the “marsh” was also in the middle of the golf course. They fascinate me . . . but I keep a safe distance.

21. Cindy - November 8, 2011

Yikes, them are ugly critters 🙂

nrhatch - November 8, 2011

Alligators are much less aggressive than crocodiles . . . but I wouldn’t want to test that theory by getting too close.

22. Tilly Bud - November 9, 2011

Great pics!

nrhatch - November 9, 2011

We were hanging around with the gators when the golfers appeared.

{{S~N~A~P}} . . . the camera, not the gator. 😉

23. Team Oyeniyi - November 9, 2011

OK – great pics but two of my least favourite things. Golf – I can never get the ball off the ground. Crocs – they bite. And move VERY fast.

nrhatch - November 9, 2011

Crocs and Gators are super fast . . . even if they look like great lumbering logs. Fortunately, the gators in Florida aren’t aggressive. They just want to be left alone to do some fishing and birding in the sun. 😎

24. CMSmith - November 9, 2011

That’s just scary.

nrhatch - November 9, 2011

Your movie of the rattlesnake at the beach terrified me . . . I’m always barefoot at the beach and don’t like the idea of venomous snakes hiding in the bushes inches away from my unprotected toes. 😯

25. jannatwrites - November 9, 2011

Talk about a ‘water hazard’! I think I’d shoot for the sand trap instead. (If I played, of course.)

nrhatch - November 10, 2011

If my ball landed anywhere near such a toothsome critter . . . I’d leave it lie. 😉

26. Judith - November 10, 2011

I like to play social golf – but with alligators? Far too social for me.

nrhatch - November 10, 2011

Makes some of the fairways look a bit threatening, eh?

Sandra Bell Kirchman - November 10, 2011

Talk about course hazards !! lol

nrhatch - November 10, 2011

Watch out . . . the natives are restless. 😀

27. eof737 - November 12, 2011

I was wondering what that was all about… It sure had a toothy grin. 😆

nrhatch - November 12, 2011

He’s got ATTITUDE!

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