My wife spotted a snake by the lake while walking the dogs this morning, and I went down to photograph it. It was perched in some brush overhanging the water. At first I thought it was a cottonmouth because it was dark colored and had a thick head that looked triangular. Once I got a few photos, I noticed that the eye was perfectly round, and the snake turned out to be the non-venomous brown water snake, which I’ve seen before on kayak trips. It was a complacent subject, content to bask in the sun while I walked and waded around its area, looking for the best angle.
On the way back to the house, I spotted a chipping sparrow on the street, apparently eating some of our newly placed grass seed.