First Garter Snake of the Year
(yes, there will be a new post shortly so this one moves quickly down the page)
Not the best portrait as there is a stalk of grass obscuring the nose of our friend here. But hey – I wasn’t about to get closer to move it out of the way. Probably would have lost the moment if I had.
Not ten feet away from my feature creature, was this group of snakes weaving higgly-piggly in front of a pile of rocks. I have never seen a snake ball before so this is a close first for me.
According to Wikipedia, Garter Snakes behave like this when they emerge from ‘brumation’. Wikipedia states that this is a mating thing and the males may be out first laying in wait for the females to emerge and … well you know.
On the same day, beside the path was this big colony of wood ants. They are quite common here in the Pacific Northwest.
This is a new nest and it surprised me as it is right beside a water filled ditch.
I zoomed in closer to get a better view of the ants.
Between the snakes and the ants, they are so alien from us as mammals and absolutely fascinating. We always spend more than a moment when we come across these guys.