Thursday, August 27, 2015

Snakes in the Grass

Garter snakes love the Meyer Creek area
I don't blame them, we love it too
We've walked this road many times yet I never tire of it
Watching Mike and Gabby walk ahead of me makes me feel this is prophetic somehow
The road is surrounded by country that speaks Montana with every breath
These are fair weather roads often scarred and rutted
Sometimes farmers use them but mostly it's untraveled and quiet
So...where are the snakes?
We found several actually
I've trained my kids which are harmless and which aren't...I'm glad they're not afraid to handle them
These Garter Snakes are mostly small
They are docile too
I think they're fascinating
We let them go near the creek and watch the sun begin to set
It's been a good day


  1. EWwwwwwww snakes.. no like any kind..... ughhh

  2. Living in Montreal, I don't get to see any snakes but I know there must be some! Even though I don't see any, I remember watching a documentary once...the man said that if the eyes on the snake are slanted, it is venomous and if the eyes are round it is non-venomous. I still remember this even though I saw the documentary a couple of years ago. Your photos are beautiful, Joe, and I would so enjoy taking a walk in an area like that. :)

    1. The eyes are different. The diamond shaped head of rattlesnakes a.k.a. Pit vipers is a dead give away too. I know you'd enjoy the place. It really is fantastic.

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    1. It felt like it was about time to be there. 😉

  4. We don't really have snakes like that here in Germany that we could just catch somewhere on a walk. But I would love to do that! :) So nice that they are not afraid to handle them. I love all the pictures you took :) And what a beautiful area this is for a long nice walk!

    1. These snakes are incredibly tolerant. It's a privilege to interact with them in my mind. It is a great place for walking.