Wally has gone crazy with the corn this year. He's planted over 200 plants. There are three separate beds of corn, the last one is way in the back of the picture by the black wheelbarrow. Every day he's out there planting something else.
I love the colors of these guys. This is a Sharp-tailed snake. This guy did NOT want to be photographed. I love the pretty light gray, dark gray and mauve/pink colors. I remember the first time we saw one of these. I had to go to the torch and make a set of beads in these colors. :)
I know that there are snake people out there that think all snakes are good snakes. So if you're one of those folks, you may just want to look at the nice picture of the huge gopher snake (a good snake) and then stop there...
This is going to be a bad year for rattlesnakes (bad snakes). We've already had two encounters this year and one was a very close call for me. I'm still shocked I didn't get bit but the snake was pretty lethargic. It had probably just come out of hibernation. Lucky me, not so lucky for the snake. Last week a child was bitten by a rattlesnake at Lake Pardee. We found out that he was taken to the local hospital and then airlifted to UC Davis. Hopefully he'll be ok. Our local hospital treats an average of six people a year for rattlesnake bites. That's a lot more than I expected and I bet they get twice that this year.
One day, about seven or eight years ago, I came home from work and I was alone in the house. Wally was out doing something....probably away at a rubber stamp show. I'm changing my clothes in the bedroom and I hear someone peeing in the bathroom. I was pretty freaked out but I managed to tip toe and peek through the open doorway...to see our cat peeing in the toilet! When I told Wally about it he didn't believe me at all. How does a cat teach himself to pee in the toilet? I guess it's not as uncommon as I thought. Wally got a video the other day and when I went to upload it on YouTube...there were almost 600 other videos of cats peeing in toilets. In most cases the cats have been trained but I did see some that were self taught like ours. Just what you wanted to watch today: