I am always delighted to see wildlife finding ways to survive in the midst of human development. Not long ago I encountered this reptile lying placidly in my driveway. I think this is a Carolina Water Snake, a subspecies of the nonvenomous Northern Water Snake.
I stopped to look and take this photo. The snake lay still and quiet for several minutes, just looking at me. Then it slithered away and disappeared under a pile of leaves and branches.
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is an article about one of the early
July 4th Parades written by Alice Rondthaler in 1953. It is accompanied
by vintage photos.You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news062116.htm.