Sunday, July 14, 2013

Florida “Wildlife”

Well, this big guy doesn’t seem all that ‘wild’ but he’s a fun siting here in our part of the state.

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We saw this one at Payne’s Prairie and hubby got out and followed him around to get some good pics.

Here in Florida the Gopher Tortoise is listed as threatened so we are careful when driving through the parks to give him a wide berth.

And don’t be afraid…

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but we even have alligator clouds!!

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(this one’s for YOU, Vee!!!)

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39 comments:

Diane said...

Wow! Both are amazing-- nothing like that around here I can tell you.

Linda Walker said...

Yikes, he's enormous! What great photos! Love your cloud photos too...the other day our sky was filled with clouds that looked like angel wings!
Linda
sewwhat!

Susie said...

Don't you wonder how old that turtle can be? He looks big. You sure have some great nature around you. xoxo,Susie

cucki said...

Wow such sweet photos :)
Big hugs x

TexWisGirl said...

the tortoise was so cool, but i think the alligator took the prize!!!

Jeanne said...

Love those alligator clouds!!

mail4rosey said...

I do see the alligator in the clouds.

The turtle's a beauty. :)

Cheryl Kraynak said...

Oh I love that alligator cloud!

CJ STITCHING AND BLOOMS said...

The tortoise is absolutely amazingly big.. I have never seen one that big. Such a special species. Tell her DH thanks for taking all the great photos of this beauty. Hugs judy

Donna said...

Both are great siting!

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

Loved that beautiful tortoise!!

Little Susie Home Maker said...

What a great tortuous! So nice of him to let you take pictures for us to enjoy!
Oh, my goodness!! Those are alligator clouds!! I never seen any like that here on the prairie? Ours all look like coyotes! Just kidding. They really are amazing clouds.
Blessings,
Susie

Joanna Jenkins said...

You have a good eye spotting the alligator clouds!
Happy Sundays In My City.
jj

Denise at Forest Manor said...

Hi Diane,

This is such a neat post!! I've always found tortoises (and turtles) fascinating. When I was a child, I used to find small turtles and frogs at my grandparents' lake house, and I thought that was great fun. :) I was a bit of a tomboy. I'm glad you got some pics of this gopher tortoise.

That alligator cloud is really something -- you've got sharp eyes. My husband and I like to "cloud watch" too. :) Thanks for sharing with us.

I really appreciate your visit and comments! I hope you're having a wonderful day. :)

Hugs,

Denise

Diana Taylor said...

I am so fond of tortoises - he's such a lovely fella and so sad they are endangered. I love those clouds - never seen anything like that before - great that you captured them.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oooh making me homesick (sometimes I wish I could be in two places at once). Tortoises are wonderful. I love those 'gopher tortoise crossing' signs we see around in Florida.

eileeninmd said...

I love the tortoise! And the cute alligator cloud is a great find. Wonderful captures, have a happy week ahead.

debra @ HOMESPUN said...

I see the gator! :)

Mary Howell Cromer said...

My little turtle would be swallowed up by that big guy...very cool, as are the Aligator clouds~

Tony said...

I'd love to see a tortoise like that out in the wild - very cool.

Pat said...

Love the alligator in the clouds...Didn't comment on you post last week about the sky in FL but when visiting your state we've always talked about how blue the sky is.

A Garden of Threads said...

Awesome clouds. Have a wonderful week.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

We were seeing a lot of turtles crossing the highways there for a while. Haven't seen many since it's gotten hotter. I see the alligator! Way cool!
Have a wonderful week!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Amazing cloud and turtle!

Cyndy Bush said...

You were right in my neighborhood!
I love tortoises and turtles.
I saw a big gopher tortoise just Friday near my friend's house. I wanted to scoop him up and take him home!

Diane Writes said...

Yay for the big kid haha and hats off to your husband for capturing this photo.

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Have a great week!

Lorrie said...

Lots of unique things in Florida! Gopher tortoises and alligator clouds are lots of fun!

ann said...

Interesting tortoise. You were probably lucky to find him. Hot here, too, but we have had our annual evening thunderstorms this week, cooling the evenings down and greening up the lawn and flower beds.

NanaDiana said...

LOL- I ALWAYS loved the cloud pictures in FL...they are like no other clouds anywhere- xo Diana

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Hi..I know, I know, it's been awhile. "Don't get around much anymore!" :) I know my mutual lover of dolls friend is out there..I just seldom get around. I am lucky if I can get the comments answered. Thank you so much for stopping by..
Big hugs,
Mona

Pondside said...

You've got critters above and below! Great cloud shots!

Daphne Bryson said...

Good Morning Diane, Well, that tortoise is huge, he must be quite an age.
You have such a good eye, I love the alligator cloud. You seem to have wonderful cloud formations in Florida and such beautiful blue skies.
Have a wonderful, sunny day.
Best Wishes
Daphne

Maggie said...

Fabulous shots, your patience really paid off, have a great MM.

beyondwandering.com said...

Oh your cloud looks so much like an alligator indeed, and the tortoise is a treat to see!

Susan said...

If only all people appreciated wildlife like you, Sis, he wouldn't be on the threatened list. Those clouds are amazing, XOXO

Pradeepa said...

Amazing photos! That tortoise is huge. Oh yes, I do see the alligator clouds.

Pamela Gordon said...

Great pictures of that huge tortoise! And I love the alligator clouds!

edenhills said...

What a big guy! It would be awesome to have such critters wandering around.

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

What a huge turtle! We always stop when we see them crossing the road, can't bare the thought of them being run over...they are much smaller than this one, LOL!
Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
Blessings,
Cindy