ENG 105 (TEM 101)
December 3rd, 2011
Professor Emily E. Bergquist
Field Notes – Observation Essay
Day #1 – A well frequented area in Continental Country Club is the gazebo at Lake Okahumka. Upon entering Osprey Landing which is home to Gazebo Lagoon, there is a circular drive allowing access to Lake Okahumka, with placid blue water for fishing and skiing. The only signs are the ones which say no wake and do not feed the alligators. The lake is vast with marsh grass and palm trees surrounding it; this is where the alligators reside with egrets and water moccasins. Canals jet off in different directions, lily pads grace the waterways. Paths have been made by the alligators to nest, lay eggs, and sun, this is their territory.
A morning, cool, the wind is brisk as it whips the trees sway and ripples form in the lake. Fish feast on minnows and egrets’ white as snow, their necks bob in and out of the water their orange beaks now have fish as their feast. After the banquet they spread their wings and are aloft into the crystal blue sky, only traces of cirrus clouds to add contrast. The flocks squawk as they fly side by side amidst other fowl, as if bragging about their catch.
A sunburned male boater returns to shore, smelling of fish while boasting about his catch of speckled bass. There is a man in the wheelchair staring off into the marsh looking for alligators. The boater starts up a conversation with man about alligators and how to tell their age and their habits. Alligators are of special interest to the locals, a love hate relationship since they are riveted by the creatures’ uniqueness, however upset with them because they often feed off their little pets. Talk is now about calling animal control to snare them. Truth is told they were here first, they belong here, and it is their refuge. Now they are hunted for the pelts and meat. Three bags a year is the allowed catch.
Day #2- Only a few people on their golf carts are... [continues]
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