The old photo archive choked up another curious picture. This one, taken with a pioneer era 2 mb digital camera, was snapped at my son Chris's place in the foothills of the Sierras, just west of Yosemite National Park.
I was working on a ladder when I heard the Rottweilers, Bo and Jake, barking at my feet. There was a rattling rattle snake heading under the house. At that point I forcefully dropped a brick on the fellow and bifurcated him. Of course, the dogs wanted a lunch of snake meat, but we wisely decided to throw the poisonous head over the cliff so the dogs wouldn't eat it.
Four rattles told us the snake was four years old. Hope he had a good life, but he wasn't a good playmate for our grandson.