This past Sunday my brother and I went down to visit my parents in southwest Arkansas. I was out walking around the farm shooting various shots of the land, with my new camera. I was trying to get a feel for it, try to learn some of the settings. With these new digital SLR cameras there are plenty of settings to learn. On my walk I was out on the far edge of the yard walking around looking for something to shoot. Then I thought to myself, it would be neat to see a snake, from a distance not right on top of me. Every time I come down for a visit I always think this, but nothing ever happens. This time was different! I turned around and to my surprise I saw this curled up in the flower bed.
I believe it’s a King snake, so it was left alone. They supposedly eat other snakes, so it’s a good guy, if there ever was one. A few hours later we were riding around the farm on the 4 wheeler and we stopped to ask my brother if he wanted to go for a ride. Just before we came to a stop, my Mom spotted another snake. This time I do not have a picture of him, but we believe this one was a Water Moccasin aka a Cotton Mouth snake, very poisonous and bad, also very aggressive. I took a few steps toward that snake, to actually get a picture of him. It slithered away quickly, much to the excitement of my Mom.
Later on that day, my brother and I had to leave to go home. My parents were out walking and I got a text for snake number 3 spotted down close to the highway. Then about 30 minutes later it was snake #4′s turn to make an appearance. This guy was curled up somewhere inside a flower pot, that was VERY close to the house.
This little flower pot held a story. For the past 2 months or so its housed a momma bird and her 5 little babies. They just hatched last week and were tiny little birds constantly chirping for Momma to feed them. Well last week sometime the nest went silent. No one could figure out what had happened to the babies. Fast forward to this past Sunday, question answered. A snake was found in the pot. It was full of baby birds.
I thought I would end this post on a happier note. These beautiful sunflowers are all over my parent’s yard. They are majestic and make the yard look special and happy!
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