Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A is for...



ALLIGATOR 




Fun Fact: Being born in New Orleans I am no stranger to this large reptile. Something I didn't know is, our friend "el lagarto" uses its powerful tail to create "gator holes" to retain water in case of a drought.


Writing Prompt


Dan's boat drifted through the murky water. He could see the tops of alligators as they lounged like fallen logs in the Abita river. Such a solitary life they seemed to lead. He longed for such simplicity. Unburdened from the obligation of knowing others he might find some measure of happiness. It was a moot point. He had such obligations and tonight he would see them through.


Thanks everyone. See you tomorrow.

51 comments:

  1. I didn't know that about their tails either. I do know they can run faster than expected on land.

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    1. I have heard up to 30 mph for short distances.

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  2. That is a 'Fun' fact....makes me ALMOST wish we had alligators in West Texas with the drought we are having. Intriguingly written prompt....happiness gained from the unburdening of knowing others...hmmmm! Well done for the Letter 'A'.
    Sue at CollectInTexas Gal

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    1. Yes they could store some water for you guys lol. Thank you.

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  3. Fun drawing! Those sneaky alligators - that's cool about their tails. Stopping by from the A to Z.

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  4. Alligators are fascinating. And scary!

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    1. I have always thought so, even as a kid they intrigued me.

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  5. I enjoyed learning about the gator holes! Alligators have always intimidated me, so I'm glad they're not local to my area. I hope you plan on a drawing for each day.

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    1. I am going to try for a drawing every time. We will see. :)

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  6. Cool drawings. Intriguing story.

    Sania @ Fragile Words

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  7. Ooh the gator holes! What a cool fun fact :) One of my grandfathers (the crazy one I think) used to keep some alligators as pets...I was always at my best behavior when visiting him. I know I've touched them, but honestly? I've blacked it out, I'm even scared at the memory. (I'm such a chicken!)

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    1. Wow. I remember the zoo when I was younger in Louisiana. IT had a bridge that went over the alligator enclosure and I was always scared walking over that thing.

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  8. Gator holes, huh? Most interesting!!

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  9. Who would have thought gators would be smart enough to "think ahead" and prepare for drought conditions. Does that make them smarter than humans????

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    1. I think that could count for many animals lol.

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  10. Great fact and I love the picture! I never had much experience with gators until we moved to FL... Now I find them everywhere.

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    1. Yes I kind of miss being close to them. Thank you.

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  11. I heard that you must run in a zigzag to try to get away from them because they're sooo fast. Love the picture of you and your new baby!!

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    1. I have always heard this too. Not sure I want to test the theory lol.

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  12. Love the sketch - and the writing prompt has so many opportunities for thorough exploration...

    MJ, A to Z Challenge Co-Host
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    1. Thank you. I know, not sure what I will do with them.

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  13. Interesting fun fact about the gator holes. I never heard of that before. I lived in north Louisiana and recall gators showing up from time to time. Scary guys!

    Happy A-Zing

    Elsie
    AJ's wHooligan in the A-Z Challenge

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    1. They sure can be. I lived in the city, but areas I visited there had them showing up as well.

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  14. I saw one once. I think it liked me because it was smiling. ;)

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    1. lol, yes well they must enjoy seeing a friendly dragon.

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  15. I don't like alligators, but I love your drawings.

    Love,
    Janie

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  16. Hey, your blog has changed! I like what I see. And I hope not to run into alligators anytime soon. :)

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    1. Thanks you. Yeah I felt I needed a new look. Well if you do, just try and pretend you are a tree or something.

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  17. You can keep them down south, thank you very much! :)

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    1. lol, hey it might make for an interesting experience.

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  18. Fantastic drawings! I like alligators...from a vast, safe distance, at least!

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    1. Thank you, lol. That is probably wise, although it is rare they attack humans.

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  19. Are you going to just do flash fiction from your prompts? Because I want to know what his obligations are. Looks like you're off to a great start! Good Luck.

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    1. I am not sure what I will do with them. I may hang on to them in case they become something more.

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  20. wonder what his obligations are?

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  21. New Orleans is such a great place. And alligators are so cool.

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    1. I miss it. I want to take my wife and kids back there.

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  22. Didn't know that about alligators. Thanks for the info. May come in handy sometime. :)

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  23. I love alligators. We were just talking about them tonight with my grands. Such scary creatures. ;)

    Mary-andering Creatively

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  24. Alligators. Ugh. A reptile I can't stand. But awesome drawings!

    Jessica
    Visions of Other Worlds

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  25. I think your drawings are adorable! Just a new poppin in from the A to Z Blog challenge hop. Enjoy the Challenge.

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  26. I didn't know that about alligator tails either. Although I have eaten gator tail. Tasted like chicken.

    JO ON FOOD, MY TRAVELS AND A SCENT OF CHOCOLATE

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  27. I didn't know that either! I love those little drawings!

    Random Musings from the KristenHead — A is for 'Almost Human' (and Action and Androids)

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