Danger Will Robertson.... When I was at the park I was busy watching a bird and walking. For some reason I had on my sandals I think because it was a quick trip and well in my mind the temps were wrong for snakes to be moving . A bit too warm really. I took a step and out of the corner of my vision I saw something flop and start moving. I took a few more steps to make sure if it was dangerous that I would be out of striking range. I turned around as saw this beauty crawling into the woodline.
Yepper I almost stepped on a Copperhead (venomous and best observed from a distance) . Thankfully their legend is much worse than their temper is because it could have nailed my foot really well.
A few days later I went back to the park with the intention of looking for this guy and maybe a few others of its variety (pit viper family). So I wore more appropriate shoes . Luck was on my side.
Same general location I saw it again. Again it was on the side of the trail in the woods and crawled off. Bummer so I kept poking around to see what I could see. No more snakes this day.
Next morning I was at the park prior to opening so I could get in as soon as the gate was open. I made a bee line to the location I figured this guy might be. I was rewarded with being able to watch this guy for almost an hour and prevent at least 3 people/dogs from stepping on it (causing a strike).
While this shot looks sinister I love the pool of light is stuck its head into. This is after I stuck my tripod leg infront of a ladys dog who told me I didnt know what I was talking about. When it did a strike (closed mouth) at the tripod leg she turned pale and apologized.
This was a frame from the series that I took while it was yawning. It looks like it is taking a defensive/agressive position but reality is nope it wasnt. After about an hour I helped convince this guy that it needed to move out of the line of traffic (with the tripod legs I am not completely insane).
If you live in a location that has this species of snake and Cicadas pay attention to where you step or where you put you hand on lower bushes. They devour Cicadas like candy and will climb a tree or even sit at the base of tree waiting for the night to fall. Honestly unless you step on them or harass them they will ignore you or hide from you.
It was a busy morning this morning as we went to the Farmers Market and they had a wealth of local produce for sale.
I decided to get some baby cucumbers to turn into a sour pickle with a bit of heat to them and well threw in some local garlic because well fermented garlic why not.
I went for the purpose of finding the above guys Habanero's for hot sauce and well for drying for a powder like cayenne or red peppers. When I asked for a pound (around 1/2 kilo) the vendor was confused and shocked. He had never had anyone ask for that amount. I apologized and told him I was use to getting them by the pound in the Low Country of SC where we just moved from. He though a moment and made me a price offer. I countered and he accepted so I had these little balls of fire with me.
From Left to Right ... Future pickles , Tomatos I am going to ferment for a few days strain the water to use and then do something with the pulp (not sure yet) and the start of the hot sauce (Peppers, bell pepper, carrot, garlic and salt to ferment for a while). I will catch up on some more posts later this evening . I have to check on the Purple Okra and Tomatos that are bubbling away on the stove. Thinking on trying to freeze some for a later day . If you are one for peeking at the Exif data then you may notice something. I will explain that in a post coming up soon.