I hate to overshadow the lovely new picture of Paul and his kohlrabi with a new photo already, but this must be put up. Many of you might know of my aversion to snakes. OK, my downright absolute fear of them. I routinely am hesitant about touching our hose because I think it’s a snake, I am nervous about weeding (and won’t weed around the pond ever since finding a skin), and there are certain areas I’m a little afraid to walk around in (because one time I saw a garter snake there.) So imagine my reaction to this:
This morning I was making some iced tea, so I went to pick some mint from our weedy mint bed, which just today has a sunflower and a cosmo blooming prettily. My hand stretched out to a nice sprig of mint about 3 feet off the ground and AGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Coiled on a leaf, looking like an innocent shoelace, was this:
I can’t believe I kept my terror in check long enough to run inside and get my camera and take this nice (is it really nice if I can hardly bear to look at it?)picture (Zoom, not macro, because no way was I getting too close to it.) So, no mint in my tea and now I’m afraid it came from a nest of baby snakes all just plotting ways to show up in weird places and frighten me. Oh, and here’s a shot of the mint area so you can see how bizarre it is that I happened to reach right where this teeny tiny little thing was (it’s to the left and below the sunflower) and also the scale. The little snake appear to be 1/4 of an inch wide.