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It’s been a week since I’ve updated my 365 photos. All photos have been taken, but time to post has been at a premium.

Wednesday of last week’s photo was taken at the RBC Heritage Golf Tournament on the last day that cameras were allowed. It was the day of the pro-am, where one pro is paired with three amateurs. Ray and I found ourselves following John Daly, the golfer with a colorful personality, who also loves brightly colored, neon golf attire. I am finding myself intrigued with him, probably because he runs counter to the conservative, classic persona of the average golfer, and he appeals to my sometimes rebellious nature! He is the spokesperson for Loudmouth golf attire, and I’m always curious as to what he’ll be wearing each day. According to some of the volunteers of the tournament, he’s very cordial to fans. He made the cut this year, but ended up with a +3 – not “winners circle” material. But – he hasn’t lost his touch and gave us some of his legendary long drives. Yet – for such a long hitter, he has quite a “soft touch” around the green. I got some photos of him during the pro-am, which will be my 365 photo for last Wednesday, April 11th:

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365 photo #102. John Daly on the 15th hole, wearing The Naughty Cards print pants.

Bonus photos from the tournament:

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1. John Daly with his caddie and his girlfriend – wearing matching shorts!
2. Nice view off the 17th hole
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1. As we were arriving at the tournament that day the guys who were sitting at the entrance saw me with a camera and pointed out a red tailed hawk in a tree very close by, and pointed it out to me – as well as to anyone who had a camera. I didn’t have my long 100-400 lens, but I can’t believe how well this photo turned out with my 18-200 lens! Why was he so tame? The guys wondered if there was a nest he was guarding. Poor hawk! He must have been nervous with all those people!
2. Media trucks — tall antennas for TV reception!

After that, cameras were not permitted at the tournament, so I had to get all my photos either prior to going up – or after we got home.

 

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365 photo #103 – front yard landscaping as seen from the side – including a sego palm
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365 photo #104 – sweet squirrel as seen through the sliding glass door.

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365 photo #105 – simple flowering weeds by the edge of the lagoon. Sometimes the small and mundane is the most beautiful

 

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365 photo #106 – bluebird – one who I believe is nesting in our bluebird box. I’ve been watching the box and see activity every day. It’s usually the male that flies in and out. I *think* this is the female, though.

Bonus photo:

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Male bluebird looking out of the box – just before exiting. It’s difficult for me to photograph them, as they don’t hang out near the box long as they are going in or out.

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365 photo #107 – female cardinal on our feeder

I have two more days of photos, but I think they deserve an entry all their own….!

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I’ve noticed tonight that I got an unusual amount of hits on my blog from people googling about the alligator on the 15th hole at the RBC Heritage Golf Tournament today. My blog post came up for these searches because in the last entry I included Monday’s tournament photos, as well as a photo of a gator in our lagoon taken yesterday. The title of the blog “Heritage Golf Tournament — and an alligator on our lagoon” sent people who wanted to know more about today’s incident to my blog, only for them to find out nothing.

THIS is what happened, and Ray and I were there – watching from the stands across the fairway from the lagoon in question. Let’s put it this way … I could hardly watch. I couldn’t believe that Brian Gay’s caddie had the nerve to do this. Most times alligators are not aggressive, but they can be if provoked. And – what the caddie did to this gator constitutes “provocation”! I’m sure there *has* to be a rule about not having to hit a golf ball if in danger from an alligator. Here is the PGA video of it:

Oh — and Brian Gay ultimately did not hit the ball well.  He had his back to the lagoon as he was hitting, and I’m not sure I’d want that knowing a rather irritated alligator was swimming behind him!  If it were me, I’d just want that shot done and to move quickly away from that spot!


Yesterday was the first day of the annual Heritage Golf Tournament. Ray and I traditionally get tickets, and went up on the first day – just to scope it all out to see what would be there, check out the merchandise tent, have some lunch, and take photos. Cameras are only permitted prior to the actual beginning of the tournament on Thusday, so yesterday and Wednesday are my only chances. (I am not going up today). Not much was happening at the tournament itself, so most of my photos were of Harbourtown, as one walks through this “tourist town” to get to the Harbourtown clubhouse, where one enters the tournament. There are lots of shops, the harbor is full of yachts, the Harbourtown Lighthouse stands above, and of course condos surround it all.  So – today’s photo will be from our walk to the tournament. I hope that I get photos inside the tournament on Wednesday.

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365 photo #100 – the marina with the Harbourtown Lighthouse in the background

Bonus photos – all photos can be clicked to see them larger in Flickr:

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1. colorful shops line the marina
2. The Liberty Oak — with seating – where there are often concerts in spring and summer
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1. Pa-li-ne – yacht – probably the largest yacht moored there. For some reason I’ve gotten a lot of hits on this blog using the search word “Pa-li-ne Hilton Head” – so this yacht has some kind of interest – though I am clueless as to why! I know nothing about it, except that it’s huge!
2. The Harbourtown Golf Links clubhouse — where you enter the tournament

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The condos which surround the marina

Today Ray went up to the tournament to work at the Rotary concession booth, so I decided to stay home. Today’s photo is an alligator in our lagoon. As I was going outside to check on the Great Blue Heron nest, I heard this splash not too far from me — a young alligator (he’s not all that long) splashed back into the lagoon from where he was sunning on the bank. Alligators are to be taken very seriously. Yet — they have just as much fear of us as we do of them. He could sense my movements – even from the distance I was – and moved away.

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365 photo #101
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