Peaceful, warm, alone, meditative and delicious. I am luxuriating in the rising sun when something catches my eye. When “something” catches my eye, I now pay attention.
We have rattlesnakes that like to bask in the garden’s warmth and make themselves at home in mine!
Beautiful meyer lemons ready to enjoy.
I need to plant a few more of these.
And dwarf oranges.
Pink Jasmine. Their time is short but intensely sweet!
The thing that caught my eye is “hiding” behind my chair!
You have to look hard because he is well disguised. When I first saw him, he was on the cement behind the chair. By the time I was back with my ever-missing camera, he was on the move…
Up Up Up he comes…
Yes, I know.. I’m weird.
I am indeed, photographing a snake snaking his way up the back of my rocker.
For those of you squeamish about these reptiles, remember you are actually looking at your screen, not the real live snake.
And I am still alive.
Ribbon snakes are harmless.
Bobbing and weaving, keeping a wary eye on that flashing thing in his face.
“I see YOU”,
he says with a gleam in his eye…
Snake IN my rocking chair as if he knows exactly where he’s going.
And where he belongs.
I wonder how many times I have sat right on top of him and he made a quick
We seem to be attracting reptilian beasts. They love the courtyard garden. Small but completely enclosed, warmed by the sun with plenty of places to hide.
Like my living room.
Last year we found a baby rattler under our couch in our great room!
If they are harmless and this one is, I leave them be.
I am not afraid of them unless it rattles a tail at me.
I love big snakes and watched for the infamous
King Snake(black and white STRIPES!) all last summer.
Alas he was never seen again.
By farmer’s account, he was 4′ long.
All I could think of was maybe he will keep the rattlers away, as rumor has it they will.
That rattler was a shock I have not yet put behind me.
All the really good ideas I ever had came to me while I was milking a cow.
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