Wednesday, February 3, 2010

They came; saw the sign; went canoeing anyway...




...in the Silver River!

39 comments:

bfarr said...

Those paddles look like a couple of rabbit ears. I think alligators eat rabbits.

Nice series of shots.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Just because they own a boat and paddles doesn't mean they are smart. :-)

afv said...

I really thought the paddles were a rabbit's hat...LOL. Alligators? yay! no way...

Leif Hagen said...

I wonder if they saw the "Lone Ranger" canoeing, too? I just hope they didn't have any raw hamburger for a picnic in their canoe....don't alligators have a keen sense of smell?!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Sweet, nice pictures. Scary though!

Jacob said...

@ Safe Leif - I don't want to generalize about an alligator's keen sense of smell...

I do know, though, from stories passed down from generation to generation in the Everglades, that Florida alligators can smell a Minneesotan from about 1800 miles!

Jacob said...

@ Ah, the alligators aren't going to bother you during the day! They're usually laying on the banks sunning themselves!

Chuck Pefley said...

Wow, what lush color in these images today.

So, are alligators a problem for canoes? My guess is they certainly might be, but being from the opposite corner of the country, I really don't know.

Memphis MOJO said...

The sign said don't feed the alligators. If they fall out of that boat, they'll be breaking the law, I'm afraid!

Olivier said...

Alligators, je sais pas si j'oserais même faire du bateau...

Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» wonders if they also smell cowards - which he would be when it came to getting into these 'gator infested waters... No thank you. «Louis» will keep the California earthquakes. You can have his share of the gators....

magiceye said...

maybe they know a thing or two about alligators or they are plain stupid!

Don and Krise said...

I'm with Chuck. I really don't know how much danger a person is in during the day. We hear alligator and we automatically thing STAY AWAY!

VP said...

Now you want me to believe that you have tanned alligators, lazily sipping Martinis on the banks of the river, ignoring the tasty turists passing by?

Bibi said...

I don't think I'd want to go boating in any form where there are alligators. And bfarr beat me to it about the bunny ears!

Kate said...

Well, at least they didn't go swimming!

Marie said...

The photos are superb but the people are a bit foolhardy, aren't they?

Rose said...

I am glad I am not the only one thinking rabbit ears!

Jim Klenke said...

I guess as long as they dont fall out of the canoe.

Cezar and Léia said...

I hope those alligators don't try to turn the canoe! LOL
Beautiful pictures, I liked the colours and the last one it is fabulous, also the brilliant water!
Hugs
Léia

brattcat said...

Not the same people from top to bottom, Jacob. You yarn spinner, you.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Simply nice and beautiful shots !! Great post !!

B SQUARED said...

I didn't know they ventured that far from Gainesville.

Jacob said...

@ Brattcat - Yes, they are the same...we followed them to the river, watched them load their canoe, and took pictures as they shoved off...

The lighting is different in the shots; much darker in the forest.

But, I'm not adverse to spinning a yarn every now and then!

Small City Scenes said...

There's that ole Silver River again. I knew the gators were there.

Really no problem during the day? We are such cowards out west where we have only Bear, cougar and the like. MB

Lois said...

No one would ever go canoeing around here if they worried about alligators. If there is any water worth canoeing in, there will be alligators (and snakes)! I'm always amused when the sign says to swim in designated areas only--as if the alligators can be kept out of the designated areas!

Jacob said...

@ VP - I read your comment about five minutes ago and I'm still laughing!

Jarart said...

What fun would life be without taking a few chances. Can't be much more dangerous than the interstate through Phoenix.

Tricia said...

Do these people have death wishes or are they just gluttons for punishment? Is that a dead in the water on the right side of the buoy in the last pic?
Jeez, scaaary!

Trillian said...

I really like the reflection in the last photo...wonderful! But...it's so easy living with alligators?

cieldequimper said...

Brave, brave people, or maybe crazy people. And wonderful photos.

Irina said...

I love your blog photos. The problem is when I go to leave a comment, I see almost 40 comments already posted and think "come on, Irina, who needs your opinion here? :-))"
I have just read your comment in Moscow blog and laughing hard. The truth is that almost all our guards and monitorers have same important faces watching us.. like pigeons around.

Three Rivers, Michigan said...

No Swimming!! No Falling Out Of the Boat!! If you are devoured, please report the presence of alligators to a lifeguard....

(I think the bunny ears would be asking for trouble!)

I especially like the sign.
Three Rivers Daily Photo

Wolynski said...

I wouldn't even go walking or boating if alligators were about. Isn't it dangerous for you and your camera? Damn beautiful, though. Humid? Mosquitoes?

Jacob said...

@ Wolynski - Nah...just avoid the alligators. And don't swim here in the early morning or early evening...during the day most of the gators are on a bank sunning themselves...

It's not as humid here as it South Florida...during the winter it's rather dry and very nice (usually) - but it doth get rather warm in the summertime!

Tricia said...

I meant to say 'head' not dead! sorry

JM said...

I could be in that boat! You know I'm allways fascinated by these wild sceneries.

susieofarabia said...

It's really a gorgeous setting to go canoeing - but I don't know if it's worth the risk...

Andreea said...

Maybe they wanted to be featured on the Discovery Channel show "I shouldn't be alive" :)

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