Last week I went down to La Plata, Maryland to make strawberry jam with a friend of mine. We took several breaks throughout the day, and at one point her husband called us out into the yard to see something. It was a black rat snake! Now, most of you probably don’t know this, but I love snakes, and I used to have six of them as pets when I was a kid. Rat snakes are not poisonous and are typically fairly friendly, so I picked the 3.5 foot long snake up off the ground. It was very friendly and I held it and played with it for several minutes. Though my friend graciously took some photos of me holding the snake, I took some of my own while holding the snake! It took some careful maneuvering, especially since the snake was constantly in motion, but I like some of the shots I got, and this one is most definitely my favorite.