someone tell my brother not to look at this post b/c ... SNAKE!
i spotted this rather amazing specimen (no idea what it is, but isn't it BIG?) on the ground below my office window this afternoon -- a nice, far-off 4-5 feet down. i think it might've been disturbed by the guys with weedwhackers who came to finish cutting the brush out back. and it was HOT enough today that even a cold-blooded critter would seek some shade. wowee, it's big. did i mention? (i'm not really afraid of snakes in a girly-screamy way ... unlike my bro, ahaha ... i like watching them, and gawked at this one quite a bit before it finally slithered off. but they definitely weird me out on some primal level.)
anyway, yeah. it's spring in the canyon. perhaps most spectacularly, we've had bees swarming and swirling in the air currents and tree branches high above the street. but also there's been the cheeky red squirrel on the patio. lizard poop on the windowsill. critters scuttling about the chimney. and now the snake. all that's missing is a midnight teenage coyote chorus!