Whim of the Week – 30

Sneaky snakes…

On an amazingly beautiful hike today, I almost stepped on a snake. It turned out to be a common European adder, Vipera berus. Usually adders have some kind of brown color, with a clear pattern on the back, but this one was completely black! It kept hissing at me, while seeking safety under a big rock. If it wasn’t for its hissing, I may very well have actually stepped on it.

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I had a very similar experience many years ago in Utah, USA, where I was hiking around and almost stepped on a rattle snake. But luckily this one too had given me a clear warning sign by rattling its tail loudly.

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These encounters were certainly rather whimsical, as in “by chance”. I’m glad both of these sneaky snakes were kind enough to warn me though…


whimsical (adj.): Determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason. Playful or fanciful, especially in a humorous way. (Source: The Free Dictionary)

In an effort to continue looking at the bright side of life in these worrying times, the Whim of the Week series features sometimes funny or unusual, sometimes beautiful or inspiring, but generally whimsical observations I happen to capture on camera during my wanderings around the world.