He got the camera and I asked what "the problem" was ... and he said, "We have a snake in the Bay Magnolia tree and I want to get a picture before I kill it."
Well, the adventurer/photographer side of me kicked in and I said, "You stir the pudding and I'll take the picture(s). After showing me the snake and repeatedly cautioning me, unnecessarily, not to get "too close," he went back in and kept watch over the pudding.
I know you're probably thinking ... is she crazy! ... but, I assure you, there was no way I was going to get up close and personal with that snake just to get his picture. I used my zoom lens and was standing on our porch snapping pictures about 10-12 feet away from the snake.
I have to admit, though, that looking through the zoom lens at that menacing creature that was staking out our hummingbirds ... made me shudder more than once.
The snake was stretched out on a limb in the tree right underneath a little branch where our hummers sit to wait their turn at the feeder.
This next picture may give you a better idea of just how close he was to where the hummers sit (you can click on the picture to see it better, if you'd like).
On a happier note, here are a few pictures I captured of the hummingbird this morning ...
As you can see, he's alive and well and getting ready for his long journey south, which will be soon.
I understand and appreciate the "survival of the fittest" law of Nature, but that doesn't mean I like it. I'm just so glad it was my husband who went to change the nectar in the feeder, instead of me, because I don't think I would have seen the snake. I may have looked down at the ground before stepping over into the flowerbed beneath the feeder, but I never would have thought to look in the tree.
And you know what the worst part of this encounter was ... at least for me ... was thinking about that snake knowing that the hummers sat on that little branch. That means that he had been "staking them out" for a while (I hate to think about for how long and from where!) and I seriously doubt the hummers would have had a chance against the snake, if he had had a chance to strike [makes me shudder again, as I write this!].
When I finished taking pictures, my husband killed the snake and I took a few more pictures to help us identify him.
After looking at snake pictures on Google (which wasn't fun, in and of itself!), I think ours may have been a chicken snake, which isn't poisonous. But venomous, or not ... I didn't want it stalking our hummingbirds, and surely didn't want it "on the loose" in our flowerbeds.
I'll probably be very apprehensive for a while now, watching my step and checking out the trees and shrubbery (and I hope you will be too!) ... so, perhaps, there was a reason that snake was there other than waiting on his breakfast!
Monday, October 1, 2012
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