Seeing Things

Many of the living things here are easy to overlook.  When I do that, I risk missing seeing something beautiful.

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But of course some things aren’t easily missed and don’t qualify as beautiful.  Such as this snake, crawling toward our chickenhouse at dusk.

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That isn’t allowed here.

15 comments on “Seeing Things

  1. DM says:

    I’ve started carrying a camera in my truck this Summer. seeing these pictures tells me you are attempting to live your life more intentionally and trying to smell the roses as you go. Good for you! DM

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    • Bill says:

      The only reason these pictures exist is because my cell phone is also a camera. I used to carry around a little point and shoot camera that fit in my pocket. But after destroying 2 or 3 of them I gave up. The quality of the cell phone photos isn’t very good, but they’re better than nothing. It’s true that I’m trying to pay attention to the things around me. Sometimes I’m better at it than others.

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  2. serpent says “hiss on this”

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  3. hiss on this – lol.
    Have you ever seen the movie Microcosmos? A summer day in the life of the micro world, made large. Absolutely amazing.

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  4. Lynda says:

    Loved your zoo tour of the farm today, Bill. What kind of collards is that toad hiding under? Every time I buy collard seed I end up with something wimpy that has hair growing on the face of the leaves. That is not collards!

    Did you move the snake to better hunting grounds? (It didn’t look poisonous) 😉

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    • Bill says:

      Those are Georgia Southern. They’re absolutely beautiful this year. I’m holding the leaf up to get a view of the toad. Maybe you got turnip greens. They’re kind of hairy-feeling.

      As for the snake, you’re right. It’s a nonpoisonous black snake. They’re no threat to humans, but a very dangerous threat to chickens. I have no quarrel with black snakes and never bother them, unless they discover our coop. Last year there was one I found near the coop more than once. Each time I would carry it off or scare it away. Then one morning I went into the coop to find it eating a chick. I was fond of those chicks and, more importantly, it was my duty to protect them from predators. So now, unfortunately, if a snake shows a taste for our chickens, I reluctantly kill it. I hate killing predators, but it is a necessary part of this life I think.

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  5. Eeeek, don’t like that snake heading to the chicken coop! Snakes really freak me out, but I like just about every other creature, even spiders. I like to slow down and take time to really see things just like you’ve done here. Enjoyed this post!

    PS – Thanks for visiting my blog! I loved the comment about your horse and billy goat. I’d say they definitely have a special bond 🙂

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    • Bill says:

      Snakes don’t freak me out as much as they used to, but finding one crawling toward my chickens (or worse yet finding one who’s already gotten to them) does bother me.

      Rowan and Johnny certainly do have an interesting relationship.

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  6. jubilare says:

    Well, the snake itself is beautiful. It’s more the situation that isn’t, yes? 😉

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  7. You are so right, but I hope to never see any snake, since there are none around here..

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