wheelbarrow promtWho would guess a snake would find this a safe homestead? A quaint wheelbarrow and plant display in a yard, why of course subconsciously prompted to stowaway the limbless one, the one with out eyelids, yes the one with the forked tongue!

Did you know reptiles use the tip of their tongue to sense from which direction a smell is coming? Don’t think he sensed the very curious little human who lived nearby though!

Would often think of that expression as a negative; forked tongue and yet we eat with a fork, digest words and honestly we all know it’s not what goes in rather what comes out of a heart which harms. So what is the big deal with snakes anyhow? EXACTLY what my grandchild thought! Why it’s just an interesting creation to CATCH and capture she did!


Fearless she reached for the twisting flash of energy, a tumble here scampering there and BAM the wriggly form was snatched from the grass. Confidently she held on to this reptile, totally fascinated she tightly gripped her new found friend.  Didn’t you know, all of nature was her friend?!! The frogs, the birds (which she hasn’t caught…yet…) fish and bugs, all of nature was her friend, her pets, until Mommy and Daddy said “Ok let them go home to their families”  Yes, my grandchild understood at this tender age, the magic of the transmutation and cycle of wholeness; yes, living with out fear.  Nature was fascinating!

In Canada there lives only one venomous snake; the rattle snake. So thankfully when grandma witnessed this capture she rested inside knowing her progeny was safe from any harm. She was demonstrating what she did years ago in her youth, it brought a tear to my eye witnessing her zeal, her parents gentle guidance and I felt the warmth radiate within. Certainly this wasn’t the poison she needed to be protected from.


Ahh yes, to have the ability to sense like the snake, where a smell is coming from. To know the innocence of living without fear. . . that even the worst bite,  opens you to heaven to heal you and you will emerge stronger, wiser and humbly aware of how authentically alive you are! Yup, heaven on earth witnessed once again.

About Brenda

"Brenda adores the birds. She is enchanted with their grace, their beauty. It was the birds and being out among them that gave her the peace she so needed and forged a new passion She uses a camera to capture those incredible moments, to savor them and share them with others. For her the camera was freedom. Brenda spent her life healing others, and dealing with incredible pain and despair. The world of birds and nature and photography was what she turned to in order to see the beautiful side of the world" -Eric Curtis Cummings
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20 Responses to Alive

  1. bjorgnin says:

    Heisann! Thanks visiting my blog… and I love to be grandmother for the first time. Your granddaughter is so cute…… too ;:OD)

  2. Leovi says:

    Definitely not afraid of snakes!, Nice photo!

  3. Birgitta says:

    Oh my…! Not afraid at all 🙂

  4. rachel27b says:

    Oooh…she is one brave little lady…I couldn’t do that, but what a cute little girl!

  5. terri says:

    Adorable. She is a true nature girl.

  6. k~ says:

    She’s a cutie pie Brenda.

  7. She reminds me of myself as a child, so fascinated with the Nature around me, and yes, snakes as well! She is cute as a button, and so fortunate to have parents and a grandma who teach her confidence in her surroundings and her fellow critters. ❤

  8. Jo Heroux says:

    You know that I think she is an amazing little gene pool of nature lovin awesome! What a way to turn that innocent looking wheelbarrow of plants! You rock! ❤

  9. Joyce says:

    You have to be taught to be afraid of snakes. Love how she hasn’t gotten that message.

  10. Amy Morgan says:

    She is adorable and a blessing – I developed my complete and total fear of snakes at about her age and all these years later am still scared to death of them (venomous or not). Love her curiosity and bravery!

    • Brenda says:

      Amy do you remember how?? Who you were with?? My husband has a similar story where one of his dogs protected his daughter when she was this age. Canada is a great place to raise kids!! Nothing venomous there except for the occasional rattler in the southern parts and they give warning…that and the SNOW 🙂

  11. Steven Clark says:

    A frog in each hand is worth…..two in the bush? Or something like that. 😉

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