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The original intention of this blog was to help promote my handcrafted jewelry and beading supplies. However, I believe I lead an interesting life (which Dave gets a lot of credit for), so you will often find ramblings about things other than beads and jewelry! Hope you enjoy reading about it as much as I enjoy living it!!!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Creepy Critters

Living in a rural area leads us to crossing paths with lots of critters. These are some of the more creepy ones we've come across recently!
This snake was "hiding" on the trap door to the pool filter. I had reached in to pull out the basket and out he came from the door. I didn't scream, but I must have jumped about 2 feet of the ground!!! We usually see a lot of black snakes around the yard, which are basically harmless, but this guy was pretty scary. The diamond shaped markings lead us to believe he was a pygmy rattler.
Dave just about met this banana spider face to face! We were riding our ATVs in northern Florida on a trail that apparently hadn't been ridden in a while. At the last second, Dave noticed the spider web and was able to stop. Dave knocked down the web with his "spider web stick" (the discarded piece of picket fence in the pic) but the spider wound up on the front of his ATV...so of course, we had to snap a picture!!!
Anyone that knows me knows I don't particularly care for frogs...ESPECIALLY tree frogs. For whatever reason, they always want to jump on me...and they're sticky...and they usually leave bodily fluids behind (are ya' getting the picture?). This one was hanging out on the light at the front of the house catching bugs. I didn't notice him until I had passed right by the light. They have the ability to take on the color of their environment so that freaks me out even more 'cause I never notice them until it's too late.
These turkey vultures were on the side of the road fighting over some roadkill. Pretty gross, but essential to the environment. I can't even imagine what the roads would be like and what the stench would be if these birds weren't so efficient. This was the bird I had mentioned in a previous post about almost hitting while we were on the motorcycles.


  1. OH. MY. GOODNESS. I don't know what I would have done if I saw that snake in my pool filter. I would probably want to move. I'm not a huge snake fan. Although I have made friends with quite a few garders in my yard, but ONLY because they're not poisonous and they have teeny tiny mouths. Funny story though...today, I lifted up the lid to clean out our backyard pond filter and a froggie came hopping out at me! I was totally diggin' it but you might not have been so thrilled! ;) P.S. The jewelry in your post below is GORGEOUS! I love the earthiness of it. Gonna have to check out your ESTY shop for sure...start making my Christmas list. ;)

  2. Ok, just got back from your ESTY and Artfire sites...GORGEOUS jewelry! I'm definitely thinking Christmas gifts, but I think once I got the goods it would be hard to give them up! Either way, I will definitely plan to do some holiday shopping with you. Quick question...I am in love with some of the copper pieces you have there, but my ears are a little sensitive. I've never tried out copper ear pieces...is it usually sensitive ear friendly?

  3. My ears also tend to be a little sensitive, but I haven't had any problem with copper. Some people have a problem with it turning their skin green, too. It's hard to tell if you'll have a reaction since everyone can be so different. If you decide to purchase them, and you have a problem with them, you could send them back and I would refund the price (less shipping and handling). Thanks so much for checking out my shops!!!