Sea Serpent Of Santa Rosa Lake; Kayaking With A Diamondback Rattlesnake (#371)

A welcome break in my travels, Santa Rosa Lake state park.  I had booked one night, but after arriving booked a total of three.

Peace, solitude, the beauty of the high desert with a lake in its midst.  The weather sunny with a light breeze.

On my second day, I took the kayak out for a paddle.

 

Quiet beauty of a high desert lake

Quiet beauty of a high desert lake with a rich blue endless sky

 

Santa Rosa Lake, New Mexico ~ created by a dam on the Pecos River

Santa Rosa Lake, New Mexico ~ created by a dam on the Pecos River

 

Autumn Foliage out in its full glory.

From my kayak I saw Autumn Foliage out in its full glory.

I leisured in seeing the sun struck waters off my bow

I leisured in seeing the sun-struck waters off my bow.  An afternoon idyll, timeless; etching its memory on all the senses.

 

Dona Serpiente swimming quite near my kayak

Then out of my reverie came a swimming sea serpent: a diamondback rattlesnake.  I called her, Dona Serpiente (Lady Serpent), swimming just off the starboard bow of my kayak.

 

Oddly, I have never seen one on land despite my numerous travels.  But here was one sharing my watery idyll.  With some distance…….., she was welcome.

 

I had to keep paddling in circles around her, just to get some good photos

I had to keep paddling in circles around her, just to get some good photos.  

 

On land she'd be rattling that tail and I'd be walking swiftly backward

On land, she’d give a warning; rattling that tail with abandon.  I’d freeze in place, catch my breath, my heart would stop for a second.  On water, no feeling of fear; only relentless fascination.

 

Dona Serpiente

Dona Serpiente ~ Just look at her beautiful diamond markings

 

Totally unexpected, breathtaking!  I continued my paddle up the lake; she continued with her swim.  Our chance meeting ?  No harm to either of us.  For that we are both ~

Ever Grateful ~  Annie

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