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Vineyard Pruning

gopher snake surprise

It’s a busy time around here lately as spring came a wee bit early to my neck of the planet.

And I apologize if it seems I gave up blogging entirely.
I promise I didn’t forget all about you but I’ve hardly had time to be online, given a
connection, my limited patience with both that and my body’s many limitations….



Spring’s here!

Suddenly everything on the entire ranch needs attention of one kind or another!
Pruning is always at the top of the list.

Farmer, being done with vineyard pruning, was busy with his chain saw and hedge trimmer, pruning some huge grass plants in the back 40 garden.
He’d made quick work of one as tall as his six foot frame when suddenly he spied something that sent him squealing back on his heels!

{Farmer doesn’t squeal often, mind you…}

gopher snake surprise

Perfect Hidey Holes

This reptile is the size of my forearm.

gopher snake surprise

Which End’s Up?

Heading down to the nearest gopher hole….

No Triangle for a Head-no rattlesnake

No Triangle for a Head Means Relief ~ No Rattler

Sophie was both mesmerized and terrified.
I think this snake could have had her for lunch!
She kept a loud but respectful distance.


beagle sophie-©countrywomanpaints

Sophie Beagle Beast

Country livin’ … You gotta love it!

“In April, we cannot see sunflowers in France, so we might say the sunflowers do not exist. But the local farmers have already planted thousands of seeds, and when they look at the bare hills, they may be able to see the sunflowers already. The sunflowers are there. They lack only the conditions of sun, heat, rain and July. Just because we cannot see them does not mean that they do not exist.”
Thich Nhat Hanh

Art, Photography and Text by L’Adelaide, ©CountryWomanPaints. All rights reserved.

16 thoughts on “Vineyard Photos of the Day

  1. Now that’s a big snake

    1. ĽAdelaide says:

      Haha yes, that’s putting it mildly! Creepy cool tho. 🙂

  2. Clanmother says:

    The earth is waking up! Spectacular photography.

    1. ĽAdelaide says:

      thanks much, Rebecca!

  3. susancrow says:

    Happy Spring to you, sweet friend. Yours has come early and I know it’s already too warm in much of Cali while ours is late and we have 8 inches more new fallen snow. The good news is I read today that Thay is recovering. Life is good.

    1. ĽAdelaide says:

      Yes, it’s been hovering around 80 the past couple of days but it’s cooler tonight. no rain in the forecast for the foreseeable future however. and you’ve got fresh snow???? oh my…. where does it all come from!? Yes, he is doing well, a very nice thing for all beings…. much love dear one xox

  4. arnly says:

    These photos remind me of your other snake episode, and the time the lizard got in your house… Here we get the odd copperhead in the yard or on the street, but (thank God) not in the house.

    1. ĽAdelaide says:

      Yes, we’ve had our share, haha 😉 and copperheads? oh my, not for me!

  5. Mary says:

    Spring has sprung and so to those pesky snakes – just trying to get a little sun and a meal. Gorgeous shot of Sophie ~ Happy Spring to you Linda!

    1. ĽAdelaide says:

      the same to you, mary… i’ve fallen so far behind here i am about to just give up! and the seasons are moving very much too quickly to ever not be behind there too… at least Ms. Snake is helpful.

      Happy spring to you too, dear Mary. I hope the weather there is behaving herself. xox

  6. Snakes are good! He/she is a beauty. No one likes a snake (or spider) surprise but I hope you left snakey there to take care of the rodents!

    1. ĽAdelaide says:

      oh yes… we certainly never kill our lovable gopher snakes. they are absolutely necessary to help control the rodents of all kinds here. 😉 on the other hand, spiders are definitely another matter….

      1. Spiders are also good – less flies, mosquitoes, roaches… Probably love to suck the juice out of aphids as well, once they are on the wing!

  7. Mel says:

    Whoa….that is one healthy snake! I don’t wanna know what you’ve been feeding him–let’s remember I feed little ground squirrels and chipmunks. Snakes and spiders have their place (preferably outside), neither of whoch I fear. The surprise appearances are my fear moments…after the surprise wears off, I good. Umm….#1 is not allowed to shoot pets even if decided he could eat ’em, right?! Can we please tell him all snakes are my pets? :-/ Just sayin…

    1. ĽAdelaide says:

      ‘no shooting anything living’ is the rule here. target practice into bales of hay or cans on top if they can hit them. 🙂 never ever do we allow hunting here…. and to kill a snake would mean it better be a rattler and yes, they would lose their little heads, i’m afraid…. otherwise, well, we’re a long ways from the nearest anti-venom center!!

      i happen to love snakes, even with the occasional surprise. i’ve had my eyes peeled for a couple of years for a 6 foot king snake–very shy animal, that one–but someday i will see it and have found, under stepping stones, baby ones… maybe ‘he’ is a ‘she’? 🙂

  8. Yikes! A very big guy! I sure would squeal:)

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