23 September 2009

Snakes Alive!

I pass through a farm gate to get to my studio and I keep a key on a nail inside a hollow in a nearby tree. Today as I started to reach in for it I was greeted by this black snake! Luckily it was sticking it's head out to smell the roses, or I'd have stuck my hand right into it's mid-section! I have a rather biblical response to all snakes...not my favorite! You can see the key on the lower right.














I have a short drive to my country hideaway (11 miles) and the view quickly changes from old town architecture to vinyl suburbia and then vast fields of corn and soybeans, all before I venture into the woods and my studio. Just now the farmers are working long hours harvesting the corn crop and the smell that it leaves in the air is truly of the earth.




























I'm on the cusp, at the tipping point, on the verge of beginning a new cycle of making pots for a November firing. Once I start throwing, obsession kicks in and I lose interest in other projects, so I'm wrapping up my display building and getting the studio ready to roll. Autumn is here and the energy level is high!

6 comments:

Hannah said...

Well your key will certainly be safe there!
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potterboy said...

Ha! Fabulous snake. I agree with Hannah - one very safe key.

Good luck with the making. Oh, and I agree with you about that harvest smell. Gone from here now, though - getting cold - autumn's really kicking in. The smell of harvesting potatoes and sugar beet isn't quite so nice.

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

HOLY CATS I have a Biblical response to snakes too!

Anna said...

Ew! So how did you get the key?

FetishGhost said...

Aaargh! Blah! Snakes!
Love'n the pedestals though...

Hollis Engley said...

I would have passed out at the base of the tree. Damn, I hate to be surprised by snakes.