There are things that seem to happen during the late spring every year at our Botetourt County, Virginia home. A few days ago, the first copperhead of the season lay sunning next to our front stoop. A few days later, a black rat snake visited our sundeck, perhaps lured by phoebes that had been nesting under our eaves.
When I went outside to take pictures of the rat snake, the young phoebes exploded from the nest. Had they randomly picked that moment to leave forever their first home, or had I, or the black rat snake, accelerated their desire to depart? It is one of the mysteries of nature, no doubt.
A few days later, the skinks started sunning themselves on the front stoop, and Elaine began warning me that they were not to come into the house - as is their habit several times each spring and summer. I am not quite sure how to keep a skink out of a house, as these lizards invariable make their way inside every year.
The natural world is often just outside our front and back doors if we will take the time to look.