Friday, July 24, 2009

The Garden Guest




Yesterday Michaela and I were sitting in the part of the yard we all fondly call "The Veranda". We had been there for about 10 minutes talking when suddenly I focused on my flowers behind her. First thought what trash blew into my cone flowers. It took me seconds to comprehend in was a snake nestled high above the ground among the stalks of the flowers. Michaela ran inside to get my cameras (I think it was more because she didn't want to be left alone with it) and we started taking pictures. She was very brave and held back flowers so I could get closer.

He was back in his canopy home again this afternoon so I guess I have a permanent guest.

9 comments:

Kilauea Poetry said...

Ha..I see his tongue!Is this a type of tree snake? Now that guy is sleek! I was gonna say, was that a sunflower..but you said cone flower? This is cool-

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Such an interesting snake. I'm not a huge fan of snakes, but do appreciate their unique patterns and benefit to the environment. I am guessing since this is an arboreal snake, that it eats birds and lizards?
What a fun find...and beautiful photos, too.
~Lisa

SighMan said...

oh my goodness, snakes do give me the heeby jeebies. A fine testament to what photography does to us - whereas most people will see a snake, freeze for a second and think "AAAAAHH", in a split-second you think "where's my camera?!" :)

WhimsybyMari said...

Sigh man you are so right:). It is a Garter Snake quite harmless.

Ed said...

Very,very cool!!

moresecretwhispers said...

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEK
i'm with sighman on this one
i definitely would have ran away haha :)
awesome photos

Celeste said...

Beautiful garter snake, you are lucky to have such a neat visitor, great shots.

WildBlack said...

Cool Captures! Good thinking too! to get some snaps of an uninvited guest! lol! Michaela seems really brave! :D

dibear said...

Harmless, but still made my skin crawl!