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Henry J



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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 18 2011,13:43   

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I ever tell y'all about the one and only time I wrestled an alligator?

It when I was teaching at Sabine Pass.  The exact quote from my principle before the struggle commenced was "You're the biology teacher... YOU get it."

Better have some Gatorade on hand!

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 18 2011,16:15   

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I ever tell y'all about the one and only time I wrestled an alligator?

It when I was teaching at Sabine Pass.  The exact quote from my principle before the struggle commenced was "You're the biology teacher... YOU get it."

Better have some Gatorade on hand!

That goes pretty good with fried gator balls.  

Fortunately, I'm not redneck enough to actually eat fried gator balls.

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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 18 2011,16:20   

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I ever tell y'all about the one and only time I wrestled an alligator?

It when I was teaching at Sabine Pass.  The exact quote from my principle before the struggle commenced was "You're the biology teacher... YOU get it."

Better have some Gatorade on hand!

That goes pretty good with fried gator balls.  

Fortunately, I'm not redneck enough to actually eat fried gator balls.

Then you don't know what you miss.

I'd try the balls anyday, and the gator nuggets are soooo good. Gator soup is yummi too...

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Henry J



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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 18 2011,16:48   

But does it taste like chicken?

  
OgreMkV



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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 18 2011,17:55   

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I ever tell y'all about the one and only time I wrestled an alligator?

It when I was teaching at Sabine Pass.  The exact quote from my principle before the struggle commenced was "You're the biology teacher... YOU get it."

Better have some Gatorade on hand!

That goes pretty good with fried gator balls.  

Fortunately, I'm not redneck enough to actually eat fried gator balls.

Then you don't know what you miss.

I'd try the balls anyday, and the gator nuggets are soooo good. Gator soup is yummi too...

I also don't anything that came from any NEAR the water in SE Texas.  It just isn't safe... I may want to have another kid someday.

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fnxtr



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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 18 2011,19:38   

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But does it taste like chicken?

Maybe chicken tastes like 'gator, Henry J.

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Henry J



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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 18 2011,22:33   

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Maybe chicken tastes like 'gator, Henry J.

Nah, gator probably tastes more like croc. At least that's what a contestant on Jeopardy once said during a chat with Alex. He'd sampled alligator (I think it was) meat at some point, and Alex asked if it tasted like chicken. The answer: Nope, it tasted like crocodile.

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Lou FCD



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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 19 2011,05:08   

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Maybe chicken tastes like 'gator, Henry J.

Nah, gator probably tastes more like croc. At least that's what a contestant on Jeopardy once said during a chat with Alex. He'd sampled alligator (I think it was) meat at some point, and Alex asked if it tasted like chicken. The answer: Nope, it tasted like crocodile.

Henry

I wonder if it tastes like Tasty Wheat.

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Schroedinger's Dog



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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 19 2011,05:44   

Has I said in another thread a while ago, it tastes mostly like (good) chicken. The flavor is a bit stronger, and the texture slightly more filanderous. I've tried it both in soup and nuggets form. If I can find a website that delivers, I will get my freezer full.

Gator is yummi.

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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 19 2011,10:39   

I prefer wildlife I can eat;



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Schroedinger's Dog



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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 19 2011,10:55   

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I prefer wildlife I can eat;


Sorry, I can't eat cooked fish. Only raw works for me. If I eat cooked fish, I get big red itchy patches on my body. Doesn't happen if I eat them raw. There must be some chemical change somewhere in there...

Now, picture Gollum on the lake shore. That's basically me...


ETA: nice catch, though, and the beard...

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Henry J



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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 19 2011,15:08   

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Now, picture Gollum on the lake shore.

I'd rather not!

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 19 2011,15:27   

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Maybe chicken tastes like 'gator, Henry J.

Nah, gator probably tastes more like croc. At least that's what a contestant on Jeopardy once said during a chat with Alex. He'd sampled alligator (I think it was) meat at some point, and Alex asked if it tasted like chicken. The answer: Nope, it tasted like crocodile.

Henry

My family is of Greek ancestry, and my mom grew up in Greece.  Once we took a cousin and his non-Greek wife to a Greek restaurant.  The wife was looking over the menu and wanted to know what squid tasted like, having never had it before.  My mom, trying to be helpful, told her "Oh, it tastes like octopus." :)

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Wesley R. Elsberry



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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 19 2011,19:19   

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I prefer wildlife I can eat;


My latest catch is probably a Florida blenny, about 3 cm long. Looks good in the aquarium, not the pan.

I tried shooting a few pics with my macro lens, but everything's fuzzy. I'll see if I can improve my technique and post something later.

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OgreMkV



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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 19 2011,20:28   

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I prefer wildlife I can eat;


My latest catch is probably a Florida blenny, about 3 cm long. Looks good in the aquarium, not the pan.

I tried shooting a few pics with my macro lens, but everything's fuzzy. I'll see if I can improve my technique and post something later.

Does Florida allow you to catch wild fish and put them in a tank?

I know they have some serious regulations on corals and ocean rock.

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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 19 2011,22:00   

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Quote (Dr.GH @ Aug. 19 2011,10:39)
I prefer wildlife I can eat;


My latest catch is probably a Florida blenny, about 3 cm long. Looks good in the aquarium, not the pan.

I tried shooting a few pics with my macro lens, but everything's fuzzy. I'll see if I can improve my technique and post something later.

Does Florida allow you to catch wild fish and put them in a tank?

I know they have some serious regulations on corals and ocean rock.

There are limitations imposed by the state, and further ones imposed by my county of residence. You can't catch and keep juvenile sport fish, for instance. Hard corals are prohibited. Taking "live rock" is likewise prohibited, which as best I can figure is any rock with an established fouling population. The county adds on a daily take limit reduction on the species that can be caught and kept.

Blennies are listed as OK for recreational take.

Yes, I did check before heading off with my dip net to the beach.

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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 21 2011,10:34   

Anybody has any idea what that is? It was just sitting there on my window. The "stalks" on the side are the wings. Total body lenght about 1.8 cm.

Location: Nice, France.









And yes, I know, I need to clean my windows!

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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 21 2011,12:46   

It's a bug, SD.

HTH HAND.

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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 21 2011,12:52   

I'm pretty sure it's a type of moth.

ETA: Looks like it's probably a plume moth. What's that bug is a great site I know for these kinds of questions.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 21 2011,13:06   

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I'm pretty sure it's a type of moth.

ETA: Looks like it's probably a plume moth. What's that bug is a great site I know for these kinds of questions.

Thanks a lot, qetzal! I will now narrow it down...


Almost 100% sure I can pin it down to Emmelina monodactyla.

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Henry J



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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 21 2011,13:44   

It's an insect!

Next question?

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 21 2011,14:00   

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It's an insect!

Next question?

Tss tss tss, Henry.

58 minutes late. You've been beat to it, I'm afraid!

:p

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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 21 2011,16:29   

The trumpet vine is flowering right now, and the hummingbirds love that stuff. There is a big old clump of trumpet vine near the big old stone barn on the Konza Prairie Biological Station a few miles south of here. Today there were lots of ruby-throated hummers (Archilocus colubris) hanging out there, and here is a picture of one of them.


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Henry J



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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 21 2011,16:43   

If evolution were true wouldn't hummingbirds have learned the words by now?!!!??!!!!one!!! :p

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 21 2011,17:19   

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The trumpet vine is flowering right now, and the hummingbirds love that stuff. There is a big old clump of trumpet vine near the big old stone barn on the Konza Prairie Biological Station a few miles south of here. Today there were lots of ruby-throated hummers (Archilocus colubris) hanging out there, and here is a picture of one of them.

Absolutely Stunning!!!!

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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 21 2011,17:30   

Absolutely humming!!!









And stunning!!!!!

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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 22 2011,07:38   

(mouth hanging open)

Oh. My. God!

Just...wow!

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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 22 2011,19:17   

Really nice hummer shot!

;)

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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 22 2011,20:55   

Quote (Lou FCD @ Aug. 22 2011,19:17)
Really nice hummer shot!

;)

Thanks, guys. I liked it too!

But when I put it on my Facebook page, one of my colleagues said that he really hated that "invasive plant". Sorta harshed my mellow, as we used to say...

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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 23 2011,08:04   

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Thanks, guys. I liked it too!

But when I put it on my Facebook page, one of my colleagues said that he really hated that "invasive plant". Sorta harshed my mellow, as we used to say...


Just curious, but where are you that your colleague considers trumpet vine invasive?

ETA: Course, I could just check your profile and see that you've mentioned you are in Kansas...

If that's still the case, then I understand why it's considered invasive - it does tend to get out-of-hand and unruly in such environments. Aside from looking unkempt and cluttering up other shrubs and trees (or the outsides of houses and telephone poles), it's not supposed to be ecologically threatening. It is native and is a great pollinator plant, so personally I'm a big fan of it.

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