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Now the lady who yelled out to me as I walked down the path did actually say, “Watch out! It’s a SNAKE!” And I did indeed look and take out my camera as fast as a gun-slinger. I snapped a few photos and the lady got into it and picked up a stick…undoubtedly to help me get some action shots.

All of a sudden, I saw it’s long red tongue dart out, and I said, “I want a picture of that! Can you poke it with the stick some more?” :( That may sound stupid to you, and indeed it was. Nevertheless, I set my camera to its quickie mode, and poke!, SNAP!, SNAP!, SNAP! Then I said, “Hold on. Can you do it again? Wait. Let me set the camera.” Then I said, “Ready!”, and the snake leapt and struck! But did not leap too far, and only struck a pose. It was just warning her to DROP THE STICK, LADY! Fortunately for the lady. (But the lady wasn’t stupid. She had picked up a tree branch with many branches on it. She was well protected. Plus the snake had just gobbled down a…LIZARD…I guess. I mean, if you go back a frame, doesn’t it LOOK like a lizard could be in that bulge?

And because of my swift action, here is the snake sticking out it’s forked tongue. I guess it’s forked. Are they all forked? I don’t know. That’s a good question though. Did you know that snakes SMELL with their tongue? I read that somewhere. I’m sure I did. And no, I have not identified this guy yet! Going to do that right now!

Anyway, my thanks to the brave neighbor who struck at this intimidatingly large snake with a STICK so that I could get some photos! :))) If I could, I would give her the Purple Heart of Photography!

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I have spent most of my career as a French professor and a research librarian, and have been reinventing myself as a writer. I’m currently working on a book. My interest in photography began with the discovery of my friend Bonnie’s beautiful photo gallery on Red Bubble. I never cease to be amazed at the little discoveries one makes of God’s awesome creation.

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