May 2001

15 May 2001[link to here]

Today is Exotic Suburban Wildlife Reporting Day. A couple weeks ago, three huge jackrabbits bounded across the trail in front of me. These were not the fluffy white bunnies you see in pet shops. These were wild beasts. These were to fluffy white bunnies as coyote are to basset hounds. (See photo.)

I keep seeing egrets in Steven's Creek. Today there were only a couple mallards, but it was a quite a day for the non-water creature spotting. I saw a black squirrel on the trail by the creek and a dragonfly in the parking lot at work.

Best by far though, was the tremendous snake sunning itself on the trail. It was sort of a mottled brown, and was about four feet (1.2m) long and 1.5 inches (4cm) wide. It was so cute! I watched it slither around a while. I haven't found any snake photos online that match the coloration, so I don't know what kind of snake it was. I've found plenty of non-matching photos though, so I know lots of snakes it isn't. Sadly, I didn't have my camera with me.

I was amazed at how well it could move even in a nearly straight line. At one point, it was sliding along the bottom edge of a wall, and it was totally straight, nestled in the corner, except for two tiny bulges outward which were enough to push against to move it forwards.

25 May 2001[link to here]

Q: What is "What is the sound of one hand clapping?"?

A: A koan of silence.