Another gorgeous Lowcountry Friday. Sunshine, perfect temperatures (at least for this summer loving girl), breezes off the ocean, and so many flowers in bloom it is hard to pin down a single fragrance to love the most.
The frogs are in full throat. The anoles are courting madly. And the big snake that likes to frequent the back porch is just huge this year.
Have I told ya’ll about the snake? Big one, as big around as the three year old’s wrist, loooong (as in when the back is twined around the limbs of the bush beside the door, the front end is already curled inside and down along the leg of the desk inside the door), so probably about 4′, and totally gorgeous. When we saw it coming inside the first time this spring we were afraid the kids slamming through the door might hurt the snake…so we slipped it’s tail off the branches and let it slide on into the porch and out of sight. Next time I saw it, it was headed out of the porch under the door… I happened to open the door and there it was. So I knelt down and gently caressed it’s back and down it’s tail. It paused, raised it’s head and looked back at me for a long time as I continued to stroke it. I told it what a lovely animal it was. Then it sort of ‘shrugged’ (if snakes had shoulders, lol) and slipped through my hands and went about it’s business. Now when it sees me, it doesn’t slither away but waits to see if I am going to stop to pet it or not. I think we have an understanding.
I also think it is a female…and quite possibly gravid, based on just how heavy it has gotten. Won’t that be exciting? Lots of little snakelings racing about the yard? 😀
now for the fantasy part… the lovely reptile reminded me of my current wip… and the drachen that live in that world. Not ‘dragons’ in the sense we, especially in the West, think of them but actual reptiles and coming in a variety of shapes, colors, sizes, and habitats …as most species do. Some have no legs, some aquatic, ones with wings have only two as the forelegs have become wings (no six-legged reptiles here 😉 Nor do they spit fire, although they can be fearsome creatures…particularly some of the larger ones…they are also intelligent and fiercely loyal.
I rather like this one, although the one I am most partial to in my story has ram-type horns (as some dinosaurs did)
What do you think? Would you like to share your world with the drachen?