Friday, May 16, 2014

Painted turtles
This writing world is a strange one.  Ten years ago, I wrote an article.  On Monday, an editor called and asked for revisions to that antique.  I have no idea what prompted him to dig in the dust to find something I'd given up on ever seeing in print.  That piece is a great example of how writing evolves over time with the help of good (and exceptionally patient) editors.    

We kept the cars away and called some little girls over to take a look.
It turned out to be a Northern water snake.


It was a splendid day for a picnic lunch on the rocks.
We even saw horses and
a black-capped chickadee.
These photographs were taken at Shenipsit Lake in Ellington, CT.  It was a great day for wildlife sightings of all kinds.  Since the snake was on the gravel road, we kept the cars from running over it.  When it slithered in the water, it stayed near shore, so we got a great look.  I must have startled it when I climbed on a boulder, because it swam away real fast.      

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