Haven't spotted one yet, but I know they are there. They aren't after me like the velociraptors in the kitchen. I can count on one hand my actual sightings of snakes at Oak Point.
|5/30/2012 near the Oak Point pavilion|
I used to meet a fellow with his dog so often on Willow Springs Trail we would chat about flicker nesting locations. Hikers aren't usually looking for conversation. Most often they are enjoying an anonymous, solitary, speechless interaction with nature. The flicker fellow was the one who taught me the mantra, "Snakes awake in April". I never saw him again after that.
Lately I keep running into a nice woman with a funny mud-colored dog named Java. At a certain point it becomes awkward. I visit the park as a meditation, an exercise in mindfulness, a practice of observation, and for a bit of physical fitness. Sometimes I'm collecting litter to rid the park of ugly styrofoam. Other times I'm taking photos to refuel my creative spirit.
|Caddo Trail copperhead 10/28/2011|
Now that the brontosaurus has been readmitted to the science club, we can hope for the return of little planet Pluto. Fear of thunder is high on the list of common "issues", but public speaking is much more terrifying than thunder lizards, spiders, snakes, or death. What do we fear?