The orange trail ascends Halfway Mountain. Yellow and brown elm leaves blanket the flanks of the path. As I say something to Mira, I jump with a start. Inches away, a black rat snake lies still.
A sight surpassed only by the timber rattler we encounter off the Pine Meadow trail.
rattling the woods suddenly so clear
Photo by Patrick Boucher
first published in Image Curve, June 24, 2020
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