While on the path that led to the parking lot
I stopped to look at the ground-squirrel nest:
6 newly born babies were moving about.
I heard a rattle,
noticed a rattlesnake
crawling over my boots.
A ranger in back of me said:
"Stand still; let it go over your boots."
The snake's interest was in catching & eating
one or more of the baby ground-squirrels.
The mother ground-squirrel became aware of the snake.
She began kicking dirt to cover her babies;
she also kicked dirt at the snake.
The snake made one plunge,
missed, & crawled away...
- Ginny Zeitman
(Santa Clara CA)