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Monday, 16 April 2012

Random patterns, or may be not so random....

I have been inspired by a pattern I saw on something yesterday







I know, you guessed it straight away

it's an

ADDER

This happens to be the first one we have seen this year


It soon slithered away from it's sunny spot partly hidden in long grass.  Extremely difficult to see initially.  Thankfully we had William the lurcher on a lead at the time, but this is why - on warm sunny days from this time of year and throughout the summer months, it is always better to be cautious.   William tends to back off if he sees them these days, but when he was a puppy he did get bitten by one.  Fortunately we got him to the vet quickly and he was on liquids and anti-venom within the hour of his encounter.  Phew...







20 comments:

  1. Ciao Ann,
    certo che tu vivi in un ambiente naturale pieno di "sorprese"! Ma sei ben protetta dal tuo sveglissimo cane ed è sicuramente bello esplorare insieme a lui!
    Mi piace molto anche l'idea che hai avuto per rappresentare il serpentone!
    Ciao, a presto, Floriana

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    1. Thanks Floriana, yes we definitely get a lot of surprises here:)

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  2. Very nice pattern... but not the snake, brrr!

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  3. Oh my gosh, this calls for attention..quite a big one! Take care !

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  4. Wow....what an encounter, Ann! I have never meet (or seen) an adder in his real environment, I imagine it would be awful and exciting at the same time. Ciao and.....be carefull!!

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  5. What a beautiful find. It is strange how just the addition of a slight shading down the length of your abstract snake made the thing 3D.

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  6. Thanks Judy, Jane, Tito and Bella.

    yes Bella, it never ceases to amaze me what shading does, it's deciding where to put it that can be difficult sometimes.

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  7. You've found the beauty in something that I have to admit to being very afraid of! I'm glad that your boy William was okay--I am also very mindful of snakes in our area too, especially this time of year.

    I hope you're doing well, and your week is off to a good start!

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  8. Wow! I've never seen on irl, though we have seen warnings in a country park we visited. Love your painted pattern - more than the snake! :) xx

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  9. I nearly got bitten by one of these little 'darlings' twice - once when walking through the dunes at Hayle beach, Cornwall with my Dad and then when I was on a 'lilo' at Frensham lake in Surrey, it was swimming beside me!! I'm not looking forward to my third encounter, the snake might get 'third time lucky'. Did a fantastic 'design for embroidery day yesterday and will post it up soon' Regards, Gilli @ TCS

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  10. Thanks Kim, Robin, Pat and Gilli...

    yikes Gilli you have definitely got to watch out! Although give a thought to a poor chap years ago that my Grandad came across when he worked for the Automobile Association, the chap had 'sat' on a nest of them....my Grandad was also a qualified member of the St. John's Ambulance Association, but no he didn't suck the poison out! Apparently the chap was okay as he got to hospital quickly...now that I do call a close encounter. lol.

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  11. I have never seen an adder before (not even in a photograph but after such an interesting post I am not likely to mistake one for anything else.

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    1. Hi Balaji - I was taught as a child to look out for the zig zag pattern, which looks surprisingly like bracken and fern...natures camouflage of course.

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  12. yikes-we pulled a 6 foot snake out of the rosemary bushes -very pudgy-no wonder I haven't seen any mice this winter. Rather dull compared to your scary looking adder.

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    1. Goodness Chris, I hope these don't get to 6 foot!

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  13. Ann, I'm glad to hear that William has good doggie sense when it comes to these fellows. My first reaction to your lovely painting is that the pattern looks like the stones on the path of your banner photo.

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    1. Hi Ruca - I see what you mean about the banner photo:) Good to hear from you - hope all is well.

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  14. Hi, Ann,
    I love this kind of humour~! Of course, the work is so charming!!
    Cheers, Sadami

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    1. Thanks very much Sadami, I hear there are a few 'dangerous' critters in Australia too.

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