Even if you're freaked out by snakes, I hope you can appreciate the sinuous beauty of these curves. If not, you may want to leave now...
This beauty is a harmless (unless you're a rodent or a frog or another snake) black snake (or black rat snake.) It had quite recently shed its skin in our green house (below).
Evidently it had gone out for a bite (note the bulge against the wood in the first picture) and then decided to return to the green house, via the handy hole in the screen in the lower right hand window.Alas for the snake, John saw her heading for the hole and shut the glass window. His computer is in the room that opens into the green house and he would prefer to be able to leave the door open at night and not worry about a snaky visitor.
She looked and looked -- you could almost hear her saying 'I just came out this way -- where's that dratted hole gone?'
'It was right here, I swear it was!'We stood and watched for quite a while as she looked and looked.
Finally, she gave up and headed for the irises below.
Slowly and reluctantly...As she went, I reached out and touched her before she disappeared and she immediately assumed a defensive posture as if poised to strike.
'What're you looking at, punk?'