September 5, 2012
I have no idea what this drawing/painting is about, but I definitely had an adrenaline-pumping start to my morning. Charlie and I are generally out the door for our morning walk right at sunrise. We have to climb down a short, somewhat steep path to leave our apartment complex and get on a walking trail. The path has rocks on it that are like crude steps, and since the last big monsoon, there’s been a lot of erosion. It’s a challenge for me to balance on the rocks and get down the path to the bottom. This morning I was half asleep and was so focused on stepping carefully that I didn’t see a rattlesnake stretched out across the path near the bottom. All of a sudden, I heard Charlie’s very distressed voice, “GET BACK!” I jumped back just in time, but it was a very close call.
Charlie, ever the photographer, took this photo. There wasn’t enough light to get a good shot, but we still wanted a record of the experience. You can bet that I’m going to be a lot more aware when I’m outside from now on.