It was, as I have said, a fine autumnal day; the sky was clear and serene, and nature wore that rich and golden livery which we always associate with the idea of abundance. The forests had put on their sober brown and yellow, while some trees of the tenderer kind had been nipped by the frosts into brilliant dyes of orange, purple, and scarlet.... As Ichabod jogged slowly on his way, his eye... ranged with delight over the treasures of jolly autumn. ~Washington Irving, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"

Friday, September 12, 2008

I need a vacation....., in the tropics.

I want you to look at this photo (above) closely. I took it from quite a distance up the road and it's not a very clear picture. It was the end of a really hot day and everything was very still and quiet. I saw movement down on the road near my favorite tree, the old druid, and I walked down a little closer to see what it was. As my eyes focused on the road I stopped and backed up. I saw a snake lying very still, not moving except for small vibrations once in a while. At first I thought it might be a big lizard because it's head was larger than a snakes. It was only about 12' to maybe 15' long. I wondered if we had accidently run over it coming home earlier in the day and maybe it wasn't dead yet. I always watch for critters coming across the road. I should have one of those signs that says "I BREAK FOR ......" you know. Mine would have to say "I break for ANYTHING." because I do. The prospector says that someday I'm going to cause a bad accident because of my inability to drive down a road without trying to avoid every living creature that tries to cross the road in front of my car. I don't find this behavior unusual at all., If I'm going to break for some crazy, jaywalking, risk-taking, " Haven't got time to walk to the corner and use the light" fool, why wouldn't I stop for some poor, innocent Tarantula looking for love in all the wrong places. Some people just need to get their priorities straight.
Anyway, back to the snake... I walked slowly down the road toward it, thinking how badly I was going to feel if it was dying because we ran over it. We have had so much snake killing this summer that I just couldn't take one more....., and that's when he lifted his head, switched his tale at me and said, "Chee,chee,chee."
That darned squirrel was just taking a rest in the middle of the road. I took a picture just before he stretched and jumped into the dry grass and flew up the side of the Old Druid. I had been decieved by a squirrel. I'm surprised that he didn't have a little lawn chair and some iced tea. He was all spread out like he was getting a suntan at the beach. I think I'm the one who needs a vacation.
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Jan Ely said...

This is funny! I'm sending you a picture of a fuzzy rat I snapped this last weekend!

Madeline's Album said...

What a cute story. Made my day.

Becky said...

Wow he really did look like a snake in the first pic. We have all sorts of those guys running amok here... especially since I've started feeding them. WHAT WAS I THINKING? I was trying to keep them out of the bird feeders :-p

I'm glad it wasn't a snake you had there, LOL.

Jo said...

I love a life that is seldom if ever boring....don't you. Just leave it to those critters to keep things interesting.

I am the same way about braking for everything that crosses my path. JD and I just had a discussion about this the other day. There was a car coming toward us and a turkey crossing the road in front of us and JD just kept going without slowing down. He used an old argument about swerving to miss a critter causes accidents. With that I had to mention that slowing down for them really doesn't have ill effects for anyone concerned.

{{{{MEN}}}} They just don't get it do they!

Laura ~Peach~ said...

they will flatten out on the wall here with their legs hanging down its hysterical!

Karen Deborah said...

What a relief, you have shown us enough rattlers to amke me jumpy just to come readin,...whew