It may come as a surprise to some of you that I love snakes. Fortunately, I've never lived where I had to worry about finding a poisonous one while out in the garden weeding. I might feel differently if I lived in Texas.
|This beautiful black rat snake appeared in my garden in Massachusetts one day.|
|My garden back then was not fenced, and bordered on protected wetlands.|
|What a beauty!|
|I used to see harmless garter snakes all the time in my garden in Massachusetts.|
|It didn't take the snakes long to find the goldfish in my little pond. I once ran out there in a flimsy nightgown one early morning to grab a fish out of the jaws of a garter snake. Fortunately, both the snake and the goldfish lived.|
|My little pond|
|Two water lilies in the pond|
My current garden is fenced, and I'm sure that's one reason why I never see snakes here.
|Sarah Bernhardt peony from my Massachusetts garden|
|New Dawn rose|
|A flock of wild turkeys on my front lawn in Massachusetts|
|The wetlands, or in this case, the snowlands|
|Magnolia flower in the Washington Arboretum's Japanese Garden|
|Duck butt in the Japanese Garden|
|The first bed I put together at the house we rented our first year here, in North Seattle|
|The enormous pomegranate at Little and Lewis on Bainbridge|
I hope you enjoyed this random look back at the past. I'd show more photos of my Massachusetts garden, but back then my camera was pretty basic, and I barely knew which buttons to press or where to point it.