It's a Jungle Out There

The heat is bringing out the bugs ... and the snakes!  This first creature was right along the path next to the river. A mild-mannered resident of River Bend Park.

Sunday was the first day of kayaking.  The flow is pretty strong right now so it's a great workout to head up river until nicely tired, then float back and play around the rocks and eddies.  I came upon this creature who didn't seem to mind me cycling back a few times to try to get a better shot.   Since I don't have a waterproof camera and the current was pretty strong, I didn't get that sharp a shot, but I did get close enough to pay my respects.  It's hard to get perspective, but this creature was huge!

Catching some rays.
This is one serious serpent.