I spent the afternoon on the banks of the Vermillion River yesterday working on a yet to be published story.
I worked my way along some rocks to a good position to photograph my story. After shooting for an hour or so I decide to work my way back to another spot. As I reached to grab hold of a rock, I spotted a snake sunning itself inches from where I was about to put my hand. I froze.
I never really thought that I was afraid of snakes but I guess I really haven’t encountered many in the wild.
The snake on the rock slithered away just as a bigger snake swam up and stopped in the area that I needed to step.
My first thought was- WATER MOCCASIN!!! But then I vaguely remembered that water moccasins can only be found as far north as the southern part of Illinois. But then I thought, do I really want to rely on my aging brain in this situation?
I decided to take a more difficult but wimpier path up a hill and leave the snake alone.