Thursday, June 4, 2015

Good Fences #63

A Texas Rat Snake heading up the power pole (where Eastern Bluebirds have a nest in a woodpecker hole near the top).
Dog pen fence in the background

He wasn't fazed by my presence, so I got a large stick and lifted him off the pole until he slithered up the dog pen fence.
Love how he weaves in and out of the wire fencing.
Thelma Jean in the background
 He got quite comfortable, there.
 Handsome fence rester.
(For those wondering if he resumed his raid on the Bluebird nest...no. Our Black Lab, Baron, dispatched him shortly after he left the top of the dog fence.)

Here's the link-up!

1. Link in a post featuring a photo or photos of fences or gates.
2. Link back to Run*A*Round Ranch Report in your post or use the badge code to display the Good Fences button in your post that automatically links back here.
3. If time allows, please visit some of the other participants and comment on their shared posts.

Thank you!

139 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Yay for the bluebirds. Go Baron! Cool shots of the snake on the fence. Thanks for hosting, have a happy Thursday!

Brian King said...

Very impressive climbing ability! Baron not so impressed, I guess! :-)

John's Island said...

Pretty amazing ... he doesn't have any trouble going straight up the pole! Thanks for the pics and for hosting Good Fences!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

As much as I hate snakes...this series is just plain awesome!!!

Mersad said...

Totally amazing shots!! Especially that last on is just perfect. I can hear it hissing :D

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Margaret Adamson said...

Fabuous images of the snake and am glad no one came to any harm. Thanks for hosting.

Gayle said...

You and your snakes ;) Hope it was lonnng stick. Great shots though.

MarmePurl said...

The Run*Around*Snake report.

MICKAN from QUEENS FIELD¸.•°`♥✿⊱╮ said...

That I called a very special fence!

EG CameraGirl said...

I'm so glad you were there to stop the snake from raiding the nest!

Jo said...

Good dog, Baron! The images of the snake going up the pole and on the fence, are awesome. I quite like snakes! Have a good day. Jo

Mildred said...

Thanks to you and Baron for saving the birds.

Nancy's Notes said...

Tex and the snake catching Baron! Yay!

Jacquelineand.... said...

You and Baron are now members in good standing of SOB... Save Our Birdies. That snake should have stuck with rats!

Black labradors seem to dislike snakes quite a lot, my grandfather always had a black lab and they often escorted we kids on our expeditions; more than once dispatching snakes along our path.

Andrew Fulton said...

Nothing like that ever comes into my garden.... I hope lol

Cranberry Morning said...

Way to go Baron!! Great photos, wonderful dog! So glad you rescued the bluebird.

Karen S. said...

SNAKE! Wow, you are very brave! Not sure I could have done that, lucky for me I don't get into those kinds of situations! Yay for the birds! Very cool fence post this morning!

NatureFootstep said...

cool, guess the snake is not poisious? Like how it climbs the fence. :)

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Well you are much braver then me. I am not a fan of snakes but you sure got some awesome shots on the fence.
Great Rescue by Baron!!
Have a great day.
Hugs, CM

Linley S said...

Fantastic shots, snakes are not my favourite critter. Baron 1, snake nil

Kate said...

I think that I like the fences better than the snake. Good boy, Baron!!!!

Penelope Postcards said...

Brave lady ... this creature seems much larger and more menacing than the garter snakes in my neck of the woods.

Leovi - La Fotografía Efectista Abstracta said...

Wonderful photos that fun to live in the countryside, is poisonous that snake ?!

Revrunner said...

Good ol' Baron--the snake-handler. :-)

jo(e) said...

Whoa. That is a long snake. And it can climb straight up a pole? Yikes.

Kathy said...

Ye, yi, yi, yi, yi! I would have screaming back into the house!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

YaY for Baron. Another chance for the bluebirds. Yep, fascinating fence decoration you had there (for a short time). Thanks for hosting, happy to be here.

nookworm said...

Great pictures, great "save" for the bluebirds. He is(was) a fine looking snake. Love the last shot!

Ramona said...

Well Miss Theresa, I hope the stick you used was about a kilometre long!!!
I can't stand the things, gives me the total heebee geebeeies just thinking that you got THAT close. Great photos though, did you use something the size of the Hubble telescope to get those shots ;-) using anything else would be too close !!! (I'm in a silly mood tonight, but truthfully, I am dead scared of snakes and we have plenty here in Australia!!)

Jeanne said...

That is quite the fence shot! I think you were very bold moving him, but glad your dog took over after the move. Pretty big snake!

Sandra said...

thank you Baron for saving the bluebird babies.. that is an awesome shot of him going up that pole...

"E", ...Beth... , from VA. said...

ok it is to early with that. Theresa - me is shaking in my rain boots. we have rain & Tanya from VA is sharing snakes too ... you guys are not good for my nerves. ha. ha!! have a un-snake kind of day. big big rainy hugs. ( :

DJan said...

That is one huge snake. Or should I say "was" since Baron has gotten rid of the threat. He was kind of pretty, though, and snakes have to eat too. But still, I'm glad he's gone. Yikes! :-)

Michelle said...

The birds are safe!!!

Bas said...

een knappe reddingsactie.

Rose said...

He looks so big...I was thinking he was in dangerous territory!

Lynne said...

Thank you Baron . . .

Nancy Chan said...

You are so brave to do what you have done! I am terrified of snakes! You and Baron are great!

MarkD60 said...

Whoa! I didn't know snakes could climb light poles. What do you mean, your dog "dispatched" him?

Barb Brookbank said...

Yikes! well done! ;)

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

amazing how easily it would be to confuse him with a diamond back

Linda Kay said...

That is one big snake, and I could have gone all day without seeing him. ;-)

Tanya Breese said...

we had a rat snake in our yard last week...i'm sure he's still around somewhere, slithered under the shed...ours are black though! and funny, he went through ozzy's pen too!

Janey and Co. said...

Eeek!!!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I hate snakes but I know many are beneficial. We have a black snake that we see pretty often. He eats bad bugs so I shouldn't hate him! haha! Hugs, Diane

DougPhoto2009 said...

Bluebirds - One. Texas Rat Snake - Zero. Thanks for sharing.

Gail said...

What a beauty!!!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

What an impressive snake!
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LV said...

I forgot all about a fence when I saw that snake. It may be harmless, but I want no part of one near or faraway. You be careful as all kinds are out due to so much rain. Great job!

ellen abbott said...

well, I'm glad it didn't get the bluebirds but too bad Baron killed it.

sonia a. mascaro said...

Wow! Great photos of this big snake heading up the power pole! Well done, Tex!
I am glad that the Bluebird nest was safe. Bravo to Black Lab and Baron!

Primitive Stars said...

Wow!!!! Fence shot and a snake, too cool. Glad the Bluebirds are safe..Blessings Francine.

happywonderer.com said...

Oh dear me! That snake is huge. Glad it's not a rattler! At least those fences slow him down a little bit...

Randy said...

I could not live in your area. Too many snakes.

Pix Under the Oaks said...

Thank you Tex and Baron for saving those Bluebirds!

bailey-road.com said...

Great captures. Glad the Bluebirds stayed safe. Poor snake, though.

orchid Miyako said...

dearest Theresa; OMG, What a BIG and LONG one! I would have been just scared and have no spirit like you did p:-) Happy that you were not harmed and the Bluebirds are saf, too♪
ps. I was glad I didn't have to check the meaning of the verb 'phase'(^_^)v

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

Debbie said...

does "dispatched" mean what i think it means?? GREAT shots, love the last one!!!!.....nothing personal, right??!!

Magia da Inês said...

❤ه° ·.
Não parece ser venenosa mas, mesmo assim é preciso ter coragem para essas belas fotos.

Uma chuva de saúde e alegrias!!!
Beijinhos.
♩♫ه° ·.

Carletta said...

Snakes are well, snakes. :)
I'm not a fan and could not have moved him; and for all your heroic efforts that last shot is pretty awesome!

bon bon said...

Eeeek. Three cheers for Baron, savior of bluebirds!

Susan said...

I honestly don't know what I would do if I came up on that. Gives me the shivers.

Andrea Priebe said...

Great pictoral story and fence ... can't say I liked the ending, but then this was destine to have a bad ending any way you looked at it, right? Great captures, Theresa ...

Andrea @ From The Sol

Irma said...

Beautiful series of photographs of the snake crawling into the tree.
A bit scary.
Best regards, Irma

Small City Scenes said...

Good Baron---good dog!
MB

Dianna said...

There ain't a big enough stick in Texas.....!

S. J. Qualls said...

Wow, super shots! Interesting subject, has been years since I have had a neat visitor like this one. I would be discouraging its path as well, I love my bluebirds!

Indrani said...

Scariest good fence ever! :)

Birdman said...

Sounds like 'rat snake' is an apt name for this guy.

don said...

The snake makes good subject. I'm glad he was prevented from raiding the blue bird.

Jeevan said...

wow! you have done a great job, daringly... i ever seen snakes climbing vertically. amazing capture

Christine said...

Well that's one amazing fence post ! Pun intended! You seem to be quite the snake charmer! I wouldn't have been anywhere near it!
Thanks for great fence fun!

SweetMarie said...

my son loved these photos! none of us are fans of snakes, but wow can they climb! Baron is one brave dog!!! so glad the blue birds are safe!! :)

William Kendall said...

Quite a big snake!

thepoodleanddogblog said...

I'm wondering how he knew there was lunch at the top of the pole. Do they have a great sense of smell? Is this a silly question?

Sylvia K said...

That is a big snake!! Hooray for Baron!!!

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I would have sat and watched to see just how much of his body he could get onto the pole. Then I would have relocated him. Baron needs to concentrate his attention to tree rats.

karmnik54 said...

Weży nie lubię:) Pozdrawiam i zapraszam do mnie:)

Chandra Eswaran said...

Say, that's a big snake and a great series on Snake Fence. I don't know my snakes, but I have heard of the Rat Snake. Is this on your property, Theresa?
Thanks for hosting Good Fences, my friend!
Have a Wonderful Day!!
Peace :)

PS. Have you read Fredrick Forsyth's, "There are no snakes in Ireland?" :)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_Comebacks

Stephanie said...

Great fence shots though not a huge fan of snakes.

Mascha said...

Snakes are acrobats, I like to watch them (with us they are very rare and only small... )
What a luck for the bluebirds!
Thanks for hosting

Felicia said...

Wow awesome pics Theresa. I'm glad he didn't get the bluebirds.

ladyfi said...

Wow - he's big! And your dog killed him? Wow.

Anvilcloud said...

Oh dear.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

A day in the life, right? Amazing how the snake knew there were nestlings up there! Good dog, Baron! Thanks for hosting!

Ida said...

Wow that snake is impressive. So was the fact you picked it up on a stick (I would not have done that) and moved it to the fence. I'm happy the birds were saved but I think I'm a bit sad that the snake might have met a worse fate from the dog.

Debby Ray said...

Oh my Tex...is that a good fence or a bad fence?? I'll have to think about that one for a while. Great shots, though! :)

Pantherka said...

Your photos are beautiful and interesting.

Simple and serene living Laura Walker said...

Great photos, but eewww I am not a snake fan. xo Laura

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

I like snakes and that is a handsome one, but I'm happy Baron kept it away from the bluebirds. That is a pretty good sized snake!

jeannettestgermain said...

Wow, you have a way with animals!Glad that in the end Baron took care of the snake!

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Good job Baron! We had two water mocs slither up my son's martin box. He's had several snakes coming into his yard from the pond.

Lukasz W said...

Wow! Great shots!

Lowcarb team member said...

What great photo's ...

Good job Baron.

All the best Jan

Stephanie Faris said...

AHHHH snake. I just had a wasp in my sunroom and you should have seen the way I freaked out. I swatted it with a fly swatter and it still lived. My husband finally came in and killed it because he was tired of watching me scream and run!

carolann said...

That is a huge snake. Good Barron. Are they rattlers ?
What picture shot for you . Great timing.

He looks big to me. Perfect for fences dear lady. I would call that action.

Glad it is you and not me.

I can take gardersnakes but this size. Another wow for you.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Theresa, I too saw a snake the other day but it was a very tiny non-venomous one. I did not have me camera close by so no photo's. I sure do like how well you photographed the snake in today's post. Super! Have a great Friday tomorrow!

Andy Wilson said...

I'm late on posting!

Our photos said...

Wow, amazing !

messymimi said...

Snakes are so neat! Sweetie hates them, but the rest of us love them, and i'm amazed at what they can do even after all this time.

Hawkeye BrownDog said...

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Brk Trt said...

Give Baron an extra treat today for me.

CountryMum said...

You are gamer than me!

Grandma C said...

Eeek Snake!! (feet off the floor) Nice fences I suppose... snake scared me off from looking at them. lol

eViL pOp TaRt said...

I'm so glad the bluebirds were not bothered!

eViL pOp TaRt said...

I'm so glad the bluebirds were not bothered!

Bethany Carson said...

Great shots of the snake! He's now one fellow I'd like to run into. Good job by your dog!

RedPat said...

I'm so glad that you saved the birds! What a beastie is Baron! ;-)

Pauline W said...

Glad the birds are safe - and the snake is gone. Terrific images!

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Good boy, Baron!!!!!!!!!!!

Julia said...

Oh Theresa, that big snake gives me the shivers. You are a cool brave woman and Baron is a hero. Nice photos by the way.
Sorry I've been missing some posts. Life is getting busier.
Hugs,
JB

Red said...

That is one huge snake! Our garter snakes are about three time the size of a large earthworm.

Grantham Lynn said...

Oh no! Your braver than me. I would have run for the hills. Maybe or maybe not I would have gotten a pic! I am glad you saved the birds. I linked today. Next week I will be linking some flooding photos. So sad! Thanks for the fun linky. Have a good weekend.

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

You grow them big there in Texas, don't you?! I'm sorry for the snake's fate, but better him than the bluebirds.

Paula said...

Good for Baron protecting the birds. I was so busy looking at the snake I didn't even see the two fences. I forgot today was Thursday.

pattisjarrett said...

That's a lot of snake! Thanks, Baron, for saving the birdies. (He does read your blog, right?) He was a nice addition to the fence.

Carola Bartz said...

Theresa, these are amazing pictures!!! I find snakes fascinating but have quite a respect for them! This snake is simply gorgeous - I especially love the last shot! It's quite a big snake! I'm glad that he didn't get the bluebirds, though.
No fence post from me this week, sorry.

Paul said...

Was a healthy looking snake... Before Baron's dispatch service showed up!

eaddicia yybridg... There see I'm not a robot! :)

Linda said...

Oh dear! He looks alarmingly large! At first I was worried about the little birds but now I feel bad for the poor snake. Life is hard.

Marit Sønstebø said...

Impressing photos! I gets creeps when I see the snake... ;)

Ms. A said...

That is a whoppin' BIG snake!!! Great shots, you brave girl!

Halcyon said...

Glad that he didn't get the bluebirds. You find very interesting things in your yard!

Rita said...

Thank you, Baron!! :)

Booth 555 said...

I scrolled on down so fast I didn't get to take in the pics good .lol something about snakes with me, I can't even look at them on screen lol.
-Lisa

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

Oh, my...I was worried about those bluebirds. But, I knew your dogs are on point with snakes.

Gert said...

Theresa...you know how I love your blog....right? BUT...that snake gives me the here..bee..jeebies!! Lol Sure glad it's in Texas...lol

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

Wow! what a great picture, I know they are supposed to be one of the good snakes but they still give me the willies......

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I barely looked.....I don't do snakes!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

We have rat snakes, too. I am always amazed by them.
We have a lot of hibernacula, too, with our geology. Lots of snakes, total. And ticks. Did I mention ticks? sigh.

Annesphamily said...

Baron would be my new BFF! I am not a fan of snakes unless I see them as the zoo behind layers of glass! LOL! Beautiful shots though.

Rory Bore said...

beautiful markings - but I think I'd have a heart attack!! oh my.. unless he is not venomous? then I'd probably be okay. we just don't see snakes quite that big in my neck of the woods.

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Sorry I missed you this week, but I did have a fence shot for you! That snake seems pretty bold. I guess the reward for getting to the top of the pole is worth the effort!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Theresa .. possibly over six feet, but non venemous ... I'm still not keen! Magnificent sighting .. and photos ... cheers Hilary

Ela said...

Brrrrr, I run when I see such a slippery guy !!

Betty Manousos said...

that is one huge snake!! snakes scare me!

thank you baron for saving the little babies..

Farm Girl said...

Good!! That is a huge snake. It gives me the willies.

Laura. M said...

Aaaagggg....Socorroooo.....

Gunilla Bäck said...

What a pretty snake!

Helma said...

Wow !!!! which is really a big snake !!!!
Fortunately we Hebbe in the Netherlands very few snakes. I hate to think if I suddenly saw a snake gliding over my fence !!!!

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