this morning i did some seasonal clean up in the gardens and found two surprises. the first was something i pulled out of the ground...appears to be leeks but i've no idea how they grew there or what they really are. the second was this little snake, already dead when i saw it glistening iridescent in the sun. i've been fascinated with snakes since i was pretty small. i can remember once riding my bike down our long driveway in the country, and i came upon what to me looked like a rather big snake with a pretty belly, dead but stretched out on the thick railroad ties that lined the drive, left there by my dad. it scared my pants off, but i think i may have settled down a bit once i realized i could look at it closely and it wouldn't move. and now i still like to look close at these guys if i can...they are so amazing.