Shades of Autumn

Autumn that year painted the countryside in vivid shades of scarlet, saffron and russet, and the days were clear and crisp under the harvest skies.

Sharon Kay Penman

This reptilian beauty is an elusive garter snake.  Its autumnal colors blend in well with the pine straw and oak leaves of an untended flower bed.  However unwanted the attention, it waited patiently until a camera was retrieved to document  its visit.  Learn more about garter snakes and their contributions to the environment at the following link.