Animals, domestic and wild, at Rancho San Antonio

Two hikers were watching this snake cross the path. I started taking pictures. My husband later said that he was impressed that I’m not afraid of snakes. I said, “Yes I am!” He said for someone afraid of snakes I was pretty close. But I thought the snake was moving really slowly and I could easily get out of the way if it turned on me. He said it wasn’t venomous; if it had been, he wouldn’t have let me get that close. Then he explained striking range and the speed with which a snake can strike. Since I can’t tell a venomous snake from a non-venomous one, I’m going to start giving them a wider berth. I’m also keeping my eyes peeled for any snakes lurking on the sides. It’s a good idea to stay alert.

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There was a happy ending for me though. I snapped several pictures.

Later we passed this deer, who was even closer to the trail than she is in this picture. Just nibbling away…so sweet. I love their eyes.

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We took a different route back and passed by this historic farm. I heard a really loud bellow and was wondering if it was a steer, but it didn’t really sound like a moo. We found out soon enough.

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When this pig came out of the shed, I was startled because he was really looking at me with my camera. He seemed intelligent and not too happy with me.  I remember reading in the Encyclopedia (remember those?) that pigs are pretty smart, smarter than horses.

The bleating was coming from these sweet goats.

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This squirrel was eating something fabulous by the artichoke plant. He started to run when I came closer for the photo.

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6 thoughts on “Animals, domestic and wild, at Rancho San Antonio

  1. Fabio

    Great shots, Nia! And what a variety of animals you and your husband saw along the trail! I hate snakes and I recognize my bias to them. You were very courageous as you got closer to the reptile. Next time, please take extreme care. You also recalled the old encyclopedias – it was difficult to access them. Nowadays, with the help of a computer, it’s another story. All the best, my friend, and what a pleasure to read your posts and to see your photos! 🙂

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