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bev - email - url
I think it's pretty neat having that snake around your pond. I wouldn't be at all surprised if it turns out that she's a gravid female. Perhaps she's decided that it's a great place to give birth to her young. Maybe you'll have a sudden population explosion of water snakes in the near future. That could be quite fascinating. I've no idea about the snake's tail. It does look rather odd. I also have no idea who the woman in the photo is. Looks like it was taken some time ago -- maybe has something to do with Nixon, no? I must say that she's wearing a very strange dress!
Friday: 6 July 2007 @ 07:16:51


Wren - email - url
Rosemary Woods accidentally erasing 17 minutes of tape.

Plus ca change ....
Friday: 6 July 2007 @ 07:18:21


Mark - email
The short tail looks well healed, at least as far as I can see.

I don't want to think about politics. My wife emailed our US representative (Phil Gingrey) with a Sierra Club form, and we got a form response. Two things are obvious. One is that he has a stock response to any comment about anything having to do with the environment, from global warming to clean air. (By the way, everything in the environment is just peachy and humans don't cause global warming and can't do anything about it. Just in case you were wondering.) The second is that he cares absolutely nothing about his constituents' concerns if they don't vote for him, and he knows that his voters do not care about the environment.

Now that I reread this, I think I'm going to email it to the local newspaper as a letter to the editor. My cause is futility.
Friday: 6 July 2007 @ 08:15:30


Wayne - email - url
Bev - can't figure out that tail either. Birth defect?

When we found the babies two years ago I was pleased, but other than the snakeskins appearing very soon around that time, we didn't have any other evidence. Now that I know that red-bellied water snakes are comfortable relatively far from the water I imagine there are some comfy rocks and fallen logs that they might take daily refuge in.

Wren got it right - a figure of fun, in a graveyard sort of way. I happened upon the iconic photo looking for editorial cartoons of one of my favorite of the time, Don Wright, whose daily drawings appeared in the ca 1970s Florida State University student newspaper, the Florida Flambeau. I haven't been able to find the exquisite one that had to have been modeled on that photo - tapes asnarling, hands and arms and feet flailing, and Rose Mary Woods grinning from ear to ear.

As Wren says, plus ca change.
Friday: 6 July 2007 @ 08:16:06


Wayne - email - url
Oh - and I don't think she convinced the grand jury with her demonstration.

Mark - well, we're in Georgia, after all. My only consolation is the hope that your congressperson, and my own congressperson to be, are dinosaurs. The downside to that is the thought of the devastation it took to rid the world of dinosaurs. (Sorry - couldn't think of any other way to express it. Actually I'd rather have a few dinosaurs, other than birds, around. Not right wing congresspeople though.)

I think it's beneficial to complain about such responses - as you know, I have done so too. (And btw, I got no reply back from Jonny Isakson in the matter of sending me the wrong form letter - the immigration response in reply to my Savannah Research Ecology Lab letter.) So complain to your heart's content.
Friday: 6 July 2007 @ 08:26:55


robin andrea - email - url
Wren got here first and named Rosemary Woods, but I'd really like to thank you for her picture. Ah, the good ol' days. Beautiful snake, even if she doesn't have a lot of meat on her bones.
Friday: 6 July 2007 @ 10:06:55


roger - email - url
a real snake, beautiful, and a faux snake, dressed wierdly, giving real snakes a bad name.
Friday: 6 July 2007 @ 10:29:35


Wayne - email - url
Roger, and Robin - weren't the 70s the very time for inexorably bad taste in hair and clothing? I know we could hypothetically say the same for any distanced era, but I think experimentation would show that the 70s truly *were* awful in that way. And as Bev points out, Rose Mary certainly makes it clear.

I found a Wapo article noting her death two years ago. It's rather fun to read.
Friday: 6 July 2007 @ 11:28:37


Mark - email
Wayne - I have some pictures of myself from the '70s wearing purple, button-fly bell-bottoms. How can you say we had bad taste in those times?
Friday: 6 July 2007 @ 13:57:56


Wayne - email - url
Mark - I remember in 1969, Oakwood GA, Greg Galloway getting sent home from 8th grade because he wore black and white checkered bell bottoms. Mrs. Mundy's lips became very very thin. How can you deny Mrs. Mundy's very very thin lips?
Friday: 6 July 2007 @ 15:21:05


Karen - email - url
Nice snake! I would guess birth defect too but it will be interesting to see if she reproduces and you find similar smaller versions on down the road.

I couldn't remember her name but I knew who she was and what she was attempting to demonstrate. I think that dress will be back in style next year BTW.
Saturday: 7 July 2007 @ 21:07:11


Karen - email - url
Forgot to say, I hope you are getting some of this rain we've been having all day long!
Saturday: 7 July 2007 @ 21:08:23


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