they're not everybody's favorite.
but you have to admit...even though you may not want to hold or touch one...
they sure are beautiful to look at.
this little guy, a juvenile Rat Snake has hunkered down in our shed for the past couple of weeks...
trying to stay warm enough to make it through those nights when the temp drops to freezing.
in the woods out back...camouflaged in the bare wintery-thorny-vines...
is another young Rat Snake (but older than the one in the shed).
take a look at this snake. a Black Racer. i spotted it out back...in a clearing in the woods.
wanna guess how i got so close...to get this picture without the snake racing away?
mm-hmm. dead. no blood. no bite marks.
the detective in me thinks it froze to death.
i flipped it over...here's the underside.
you probably know by now what i do when i find dead critters.
i take them home. bury them. wait for them to decompose. dig them up.
collect the bones...clean the bones...and then decorate them, or use them in my art.
besides this dead one, i've found two snake skeletons along the side of the road.
what to do with all these snake bones?
a couple of months ago i started to make SNAKE VERTEBRAE earrings.
ok. enough about snakes.
i was surprised to see mushrooms & lichen
still pushing their way up through the ground or clinging to trees...
in this colder weather we've been having.
when i think 'fungi', i tend to think warm, humid.
two more pictures...
a dragonfly trying to soak up a little warmth...
and a Red-bellied Woodpecker.
not an easy task to get a picture.
i can hear 'em, but by the time i usually spot them...they fly to another tree.
depending on where we live on planet earth,
chances are we're dealing with the winter cold or the summer heat.
but when i got an email from a friend the other day,
who lives in Siberia...and she told me the temperature there right now is 40 below 0...
i felt a little woozy!
FORTY BELOW ZERO!!
that takes all the FUN out of winter...don't you think?
anyway...whatever YOU'RE dealing with right now...
take it easy.