Monday, May 16, 2011

Did you hear me screaming?

We took a trip out to Saskatchewan Landing yesterday.
The sun was shining but the wind was cool.


Whatcha' writing in the sand Stanley?


Stanley.... you're so sweet!


We were the only ones around.


Not too 'lush' out on the Prairies.


Wayne's mom was out for the weekend.
Mother and son
side by side
with their walking sticks(???).


There was lots of drift wood.


Wayne thought this one looked like a dog.


There was lots of shore bubbles.


There was lots of rocks.


Some ladybugs.


Some 'Saskatchewan Sea Glass'.


Some more 'Saskatchewan Sea Glass'.


A Polar Bear.
{Honestly... some people are such pigs!}


And then,
as I was walking along,
eye in my camera
not paying attention
I accidentally
stepped
on
THIS!!!!!


I screamed loud
and I screamed long!
Then I shook it off
and screamed some more!


Stanley ~ if it wants to go over the ledge ~ let it!!!!


OK
So it was only a Bull Snake
and it was technically more scared of me
than I was of him
{yea.... right.... I don't think so!}
but when I heard that hiss
and that tail rattling
{they instinctively make themselves larger
and imitate rattle snakes)
I thought I was a goner!



I hope your weekend was
a little less stimulating!


Have a snake free week!

49 comments:

judy in ky said...

Eeek! I would have screamed to. I'll bet your heart was racing. It looks like a beautiful day though.

zaza said...

What a wonderful spot for a walk -- minas your snake encounter!

The Monkeys said...

What a scary looking snake! I would have screamed too!

Beautiful photos!

Sandra said...

the further i scrolled the more breathtaking shots, i felt like i was in a good mystery, waiting to see what would turn up next. love love the glass shots and was totally shocked at the ending of the mystery. i would have had a heart attack and yet you got such great shots of the snake. i wish i had been there to take this trip with you. i love deserted beaches. super duper post todday

Lesley said...

I would have been screaming too!!
But what a beautiful snake, I'm glad you recovered your composure to photograph him!

Teresa Evangeline said...

Great Post! A mystery unfolding before our eyes and with a super surprise ending! Love it! What a fun weekend, despite the encounter, or maybe because of it!

Hot Rocks said...

YIKES! That was freaky Catherine! Glad you are still alive. Looks like you had a nice walk too.

Negerigeletschtempoit said...

I would have jumped in the water... and would still be swimming away!!!!

Fantastic pictures, great post!

Fuzzy Tales said...

That was quite the adventure! Lovely day, in spite of the snake. The mom's not afraid of snakes, but they can startle her. We had an Eastern Milksnake in our back space last summer (the mom didn't know what kind of snake, if it would hurt us) and you should have heard her scream then. LOL. And seen her run around trying to get us inside and the snake out safely! :-D

Bossy Betty said...

This trip had it all! Beauty, family, nature, excitement!!! Yes, I think I did her you scream, by the way.

Katnip Lounge said...

Snake!! That's a danged SEA SERPENT! I would have had to *ahem* change my unmentionables.

Pamela said...

OMG Catherine!!!!!!! I cannot believe the size of that snake yuk! I didn't know you have snakes like that?? And on the beach? I showed my husband lol and he said oh i can't live there now we have to stay on Vancouver Island lol!
I hate snakes with a passion!

Love the "Saskatchewan Sea glass" you are too funny!

Sweet what your hubby wrote in the sand!!
Pamela xo

missing moments said...

Loved walking along with you. But, oh, the snake! I would have died!!!! Great story. Loved the lady bug photo.

Connie said...

Oh my..I'm not sure if seeing that snake would have made me scream ..or faint! lol. Lovin' the sand picture though! Great job Stanley! :)

Happy Monday to you Catherine! xx

It's me said...

O yakkkk!! ...i am so affraid for snakes........yakkk!!!......lovely week darling......xxx...

Mary Ann said...

That was a very big snake. Not something I'd like to meet. I'm surprised you stayed to take such a clear picture.

Brian said...

I knew I heard someone scream, but I didn't know it was you! Have a great week!!!

Tracy said...

Oh my gosh, I screamed just seeing the photo of it! How gross and ugly is he!!!! Oh my goodness!!!!

Your post is the second where I've read about snakes and being a 'snake-hater!' UGH! I know I will have bad dreams...you know I thought I heard something fierce and well, now I know what it was!
...glad you survived!

The Smiths said...

Wow - beautiful photos, but that snake... I would have screamed too!

Kay :)

Tanja said...

Oh Catherine what a beautiful photo's you took. I looked at them twice, wauw the colors and the light.
And the photo of the name of your blog in the sand that can be youre new header, it is so great. I find that such a small but so great gesture, so full of love.

O and the snake, that is a creapy story, but again a beautiful of his head.

Thank you for youre kind mail, friend

Love
Tanja

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Oh Catherine, it must be the time for snakes, we had one this weekend too and a patient said this morning they had 2 in their garden. I would have screamed too!!! I really really hate snakes and am so very afraid of them!! But good pictures of it though,but I prefer the others!

Glad you had a good time!!

♥Ingrid♥ said...

Hello Catherine beautiful pictures again!I think you had a beautiful day together, only the snake!!!!!here in Belgium are only snakes in the zoo...hugs from me..x

Mariette said...

Dearest Catherine,

Wow, you stepped on a real one; a big size!
I once after our guests had left I almost stepped on a big one on our wooden walking trail in the garden. Pieter killed it but it turned out it was King snake; not poisonous either. It made us feel guilty but coming from the Netherlands we had no idea what it was and just acted. The one you saw was of course basking in the sun and charging up its energy. It looks beautiful but the rattle would have made me doubt it.

Lots of love,

Mariette

BeadedTail said...

I was feeling all serene until you showed that SNAKE! I am absolutely terrified of snakes even in photos! I can't believe you stuck around to take it's photo. I would have been in British Columbia by then!

S. Etole said...

I grew up in rattlesnake country so can understand that scream well.

Ann said...

I was really enjoying the walk along the beach with you until you stepped on that snake. I think I actually let out a gasp when I looked at that picture, EWWWWWWWWWWWWW
Love the shot of the writing in the sand. You and that camera, aside from the snake incident, did good :)

4smartmonkeys said...

Wow, what a walk on the beach! I'm with you on the screaming!!! Jim does the same thing, picks them up with a stick, while I'm yelling at him to put it down!!
The beach looks lovely!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh My Gosh.... That snake would scare me to death also. I don't care what it is... To me, it's a HUGE SNAKE... Yipes!!!!!

Love the area though--and that was sweet of Stanley to write your blog name in the sand!!!! That is special...

Sounds like you had a great weekend (except for the snake).
Hugs,
Betsy

Christine said...

What a thoughtful husband you have, that he takes interest in your passion. You have an awesome camera that takes such clear photo's, love them all, especially the lady bug snap shot. You could submit some of them to One Stop Poetry for poetry prompts I'm sure.
Glad you had a nice weekend.
Christine :)

Stacey Dawn said...

Heart pounding.
Hand clasped over mouth.
Stomach down around knees.

WARN a girl - could ya???
YIKESOlA!

I heard a scream just didn't know it was from YOU - now I know it was you and WHY!

Linda R. said...

Oh My gosh.. I can handle spiders, I can handle roaches, I can handle mice... but the one thing that would freak me out is a snake.. I couldn't even look at the photo..

I just love how Stanley wrote you blog name in the sand.. Sooo cool..

Thank goodness I didn't have a stimulating weekend like yours..

Hugs, Linda

Splendid Little Stars said...

EEEEEEEEEEKKKKKKK!!!!!

Belgium only has snakes in the zoo???!

You got me going on the lovely scenery and fun finds, the texture of driftwood, beach glass, Stanely writing your blog name in the sand....aaahh, and THEN!
YIPES!

Linens and Royals said...

Lovely views, I would have screamed long and loud too, that snake looks Huge.
Funny how we have the same 'sea glass' here too.

Frollies en Frummels said...

What a lovely place, very beautiful
except for that snake... o my god!!
I would scream too, so loud!!
Have a nice day

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Paula said...

Eeek, Catherine. Yes, I too would have jumped out of my skin even if it was a harmless snake. Gorgeous photos - particularly like the ladybug :)

Anesha said...

Love the photos, the light is so beautiful. Love the macro shots, especially the ladybird. I would have screamed if I stepped on a snake! Thanks for your sweet comment on my canvas. :) Anesha

lisa said...

Yikes!! That would have scared me to death!!!
But I absolutely love the writing on the sand! Really nice!

judy in ky said...

I like driftwood. I have some on my back deck, and the outdoor cats love to play with it. I collect sea glass, too. I have a wish to live near the sea, so I surround myself with things that come from it.

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

My goodness, I would have SCREAMED too, loud and long! You are making me smile as always, your writing style is so lovely, Catherine! Beautiful pictures of the walk. Did you pick up some of the thrift woods?
Lots of love for a happy Tuesday o xx o

Donna said...

you are a brave woman! a bull snake is scary even if harmless. great shots of the landing and the bull snake. what an exciting weekend you had. have a great long weekend Catherine!

lila Check said...

Eeek! I would have screamed soooo loud and a have massive coronary failure on the spot!!!...fabulous pictures here girl!!!

Nancy said...

HOLY MOLY that is a HUGE SNAKE!!! I would have freaked and ran not taken its picture.....Thankfully you survived :)

Jen said...

I'm thinking my weekend was a LOT less stimulating (thankfully). Fabulous photos, not that I'm surprised *grin*, and how fun to have that shot of your blog title written in the sand! Major points for hubby :o)

Kat_RN said...

I am soooo glad that it was only a bull snake. Be careful my friend. Snake bites are not fun!
Kat

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Lovely photographs Catherine! The snake ones freaked me out a bit, but it's an awesome photo!

Have a wonderful week. :D

GreatGranny said...

Well, that was a breathtaking walk for sure, beautiful beach without the scary snake. I was cold already but the snake incident gave me chills.
Love the sand writing and the drift wood.

Becca said...

So peaceful looking at all your photos, and then, Wow! That snake would have scared the crap outta me too! I can't believe you stepped on him and he didn't bite you! You got some great photos though, and now...back to the calm...love the writing in the sand photo. :-)

Jaime said...

Woooahh...I was having a nice peaceful little journey with you, looking at your images, enjoying all the little things you found...and nearly jumped when I saw that picture! I thought it was a rattlesnake!

When I climb my mountain on sunny mornings, I have close encounters with little garter snakes all the time...but none of them look like THAT snake! I would have peed my pants!

Glad to see you made it out of there safe and sound.
phew!

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