Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Surprises: Snake and Flower

Late this morning, Kookie and I walked down the driveway to get the newspaper.  Kookie started her "snake" bark which is loud and somewhat fearful.

Eastern Hog-Nosed Snake    April 20, 2014 

Our dog had found an Eastern Hog-Nosed Snake. I was puzzled at first because of the orange color but then saw images online that showed this snake in many different colors but with similar markings.  This snake appeared to be about 3 feet long.

This was my third and Kookie's second encounter with this species of snake.  He spreads his head and hisses which still scares me even though I know he is not venomous.  He would have played dead if I had messed with him; but, instead, I led the dog away by her collar to let him escape.

 Large-Flower Trillium   April 20, 2014 

Since Easter was later this year, the Large-Flower Trillium was blooming in the woods.  I like this better than an Easter Lily since it is native and wild.

Brown Thrasher   April 6, 2014

Earlier in the month, I was able photograph a Brown Thrasher--a very big bird.  I had heard his song in the woods and briars but he moves around so fast, I was not able to photograph him.  He was below the feeders, looking for insects in the ground.    I read that these birds are becoming scarce so I was glad to see him.