"I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defense the only arms I allow myself to use -- silence, exile, and cunning." -- James Joyce
You got all sorts of critters around. Some people hate that, I don't.
Oddly enough, I saw my second snake of the year about 20 minutes later!
It looks like a northern brown, but I can't be sure.
Ah, I got it. It's an Eastern Garter Snake. Wow, your garter snakes look nothing like the ones we have in Ohio.