Snake, East Boston Camps in December

Today Lad and I took a late morning walk along Stony Brook in East Boston Camps. It was about 50 degrees and sunny. The sun is low in the sky this time of year so the sun is not as strong as it will be in the summer but still there was a lot of sun and much more heat than we expect in near winter.

Well we are not the only ones thrown off by the weather: as we walked a very nice snake twisted in the brush to get away from us. But then as snakes sometimes do, it froze, giving me a good photo opportunity. The result is the portrait you see above. Now if we have snow this month I will use a snow scene and a snake portrait in the December page of next year’s Westford Conservation Trust Calendar!

I think primitive people who turn to nature for guidance might view this situation as having great import. In fact I’m going to look into what omen this unseasonable snake appearance might have. If you know anything about that, please let us know by leaving a comment.