8.29.2009

A Little Reward

Yesterday was yet another day inside. This is getting old, people. I am not meant for the indoors. And apparently, Mother Nature feels my angst because she gave me two little rewards yesterday.

The first was an opportunity to do a little skink wrangling. A nice fat five-lined skink wriggled its way under the door and into the corridor leading to the classroom. I got a good laugh watching it trying to maneuver on the tiled floor and was successful in herding it back out onto the deck. No pictures, I'm afraid. This skink was just too fast.

The second came as I was locking up. I glanced out the glass door on to the deck and thought to myself, "Wow, that greenbriar sure grew fast. It wasn't there this morning." Then I realized it wasn't a vine, it was a snake. A beautiful little Northern Rough Green Snake playing periscope up through the trex boards of the deck.

First I took a picture through the glass just in case...
Then I eased open the door, eased down onto the deck, and eased my camera close to the snake. It cooperated nicely for a heart beat or two...
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So yeah, despite being inside way too much this summer, I do love my job :)

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Swampy-I'm sorry you've been stuck inside so much this summer. I haven't decided which snake I like better the king snake or the green snake. Nice pics of both. Fall has arrived in Maine, trees are starting to change. Soon, I'll migrate to the land of drought. :(
Maineiac

sweet bay said...

Great shots!!! He does look exactly like a live periscope.

Ellen Rathbone said...

Yet another great snake photo! Mother Nature is smiling upon you!

Floridacracker said...

"...for a heartbeat or two."

That is how we should tell time.

Woodswalker said...

Now, that was quite a sight! See, Mother Nature was granting you a little compensation. If you hadn't been stuck in the office, you would have missed it. But I, for one, am looking forward to you getting out there again and showing us all kinds of the great stuff your blog is famous for.

swamp4me said...

Maineiac,
In some ways this has been a long summer, in others it seems too short. I can't believe it's almost time for you to head to Texas!

sweet bay,
It particularly looked like a periscope when it turned its head from side to side ;)

Ellen,
She certainly brightened my day!

FC,
It is a more personal, real way of telling time...

Woodswalker,
I have a long weekend next weekend. Keep your fingers crossed that the weather holds and I can get out! I have not touched paddle to water since March. That is insane.

Carol said...

Sure is a cute little thing.

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swamp4me said...

carol,
Green snakes are particularly cute -- they always look like they are smiling.

Garden Lily said...

What a treat! That photo of the peeking snake on your deck is wonderful!

swamp4me said...

garden lily,
Thanks! The little snake certainly put a smile on my face.