We believe it's what's known around here as a Northern Water Snake. Thanks to all who answered on-line or by e-mail.
In deference to folks who freak out when they see a snake -- or even a photo of a snake, you have to hit "continue reading" to see the photos.
What kind of snake is it, photographed recently by Julia Fuhr at the Celery Farm? (Thanks, Julia!)
Judy Cinquina writes:
On Sunday, Sept.1, from 9 a.m. until whenever, we'll be picking up debris, clearing trails & cutting small trees at this historic hawk watch founded by Stiles Thomas and Fyke in the 1950s.
Bring gloves & whatever tools required and plenty of liquids. Please let me know you'll be helping so I can send your name in to the NYDEC for insurance purposes.
And, of course, the Bellvale Farms Creamery is right down below the lookout. To know why I mentioned this, you must be a volunteer!
Regardless, come up and visit the watch this fall. Directions follow.
“It is a comfort to know that always within reach is some nook or corner in Nature’s realm where one’s real self can come to the surface…”
Always great to see -- missed them in the spring for some reason...