The spring sun
well hidden under the prickly pear
Ambling down the path I come
enjoying bees on blossoms
meaning no harm
Moving close to examine a bug
I hear loud fast buzzing ssssshhhhhhhhhhh!
a warning rattling buzzing sssshhhhhh!
I back up and move away
the buzzing sssshhhh slows
then silence as you slither off
Seeking to avoid my kind
your beautiful diamond back
disappears into the bluebonnets
Photo of Western Diamond Back (Crotalus atrox)
by Betty McCreary