You can see in yesterday's post a decorative cedar rail fence dividing different parts of the garden I wrote about, extending along behind the cactus garden. As we walked past I caught a slight movement out of the corner of my eye, and there was a snake.
It was just a common garter snake, but I'd never actually seen one climb a fence before.
This is the decorative fence I'm referring to - look just to the right of the centre of the picture on top of the fence.
A closer look may help you see the snake, stretched along the top of the fence.
And here it is - enjoying the sun stretched along the top rail.
I actually saw it first from the other side, stretched out between the yellow hollyhocks and the giant goat's beard (the large white blossoms to the right).
This is the snake as I first noticed it, hidden behind a plant, and starting to slide it's way up the back of the fence, just a dark movement behind green stems and leaves - a garter snake climbing a fence!
Here it is a little closer, when it got comfortable. It was obviously comfortable, because it stayed there for at least half an hour while we were in the garden.
And finally a little closer still .... and closer still - above.