He wasn’t actually in the grass, but that title sounded better than “Snake in the Stones.”
Just before letting Suki out yesterday afternoon, I spotted a mockingbird perched on a plant near the door. It seemed excited about something. I eased the door open, and it flew off (of course!). Below where it was sitting was a black snake, lying in the space between the back step and the door. He looked at me, tongue flicking.
I went back in for the camera. When I returned, I saw he’d dropped down into the narrow space; all I could see was his head So I touched his tail and out he came. I tracked him across the back of the lanai, where he made a U-turn and retraced his steps. Uh, retraced his slithers? 😉
He tried to get in under the door. Failed.
Gave me a cute look from the rocks. “Wanna kiss, baby?”
Got a very nice shot of him near the hibiscus bush.
When he figured I’d pestered him enough, he took off. My guess is he was between three and four feet long. I wanted to pick him up, but my #1 rule when shooting wildlife is not to stress or disturb my subjects unduly. I left him alone.
Two mourning doves, sitting in R’s mostly dead fruit tree at sunset. He tells me they only live about thirty years (the trees, not the birds); he’s already planted a replacement.
Ibis closeup at R’s. Someone’s been feeding them, and they aren’t nervous around people.
Looked outside one evening and saw this bank of clouds across the canal. Sunset again.
A neighbor tells me a baby ‘gator has been spotted in the canal! I hope I get a chance to photograph it. Have a great week! See you next time.