~Nothing men do surprises me. Some of
'em'are a little rough around the edges.~
~Patricia Calm 1900~
|This is my first Columbine bloom from the starts I got from|
my sweet neighbor, Shirley. Her plants have been in
her garden for decades. They are all different brilliant colors, so I
was surprised to see this totally white one bloom out!
|An then there's the beast.|
Well, obviously it's not much of a beast...but snakes always startle me.
Our elm trees always loose branches when we get a good wind goin'. So, I was doin' my normal routine of picking up branches and small sticks before mowing the lawn...when I realized this one that I was walking over to pick up wasn't a stick!
|Over exposed...yes. But I still like how it|
enhanced the snake's eye and nostril.
OK...so does anyone know what kind of snake this is? It was very patient as I went to the house to get the camera, because he was still there when I got back! After about 2-3 minutes he seemed to notice that I was there; threw his head up...and took off like a flash!
Update: I had a comment left on my Flickr photo from Natalie McNear
"Cool find! This is a Western Yellow-bellied Racer, Coluber constrictor mormon. These guys are harmless and feed on a wide variety of prey, from insects to rodents, so they are beneficial to have around the yard."
Thank you Natalie!
I've seen one other of these two years ago. It was on the water spigot on a hot day...when I went to grab for the handle...that gave me a start!!
Have a great week!!