Monday, June 1, 2009

The hills and valleys of Virginia

Dear Children,

On Friday I climbed my first real mountain on this journey. Near the top I found this Black Snake right along side the road. At first I thought it was a strip of tire, but then I noticed the small head with a tiny eye watching me attentively. I walked across to the other side to let the snake have its space. Later I learned that while this snake is not poisonous it can be somewhat aggressive and it's better not to bother it.

This is what I saw at the top of the mountain. I think you will find the story interesting.

I really liked this statue in the city of Abingdon - I think it's a statue of the fairy named Ariel.

And here are cattails in a meadow beside the road. 

Next time I write to you I will make another suggestion for your summer.

Love, Nana Greta


Christina A. said...

That statue is very pretty. I think the Draper Valley story was great!

Stephanie said...
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Anonymous said...

Hi Greta,
Just to be safe you should look at its stripe?

Gandhali said...

oh gosh, while i'm not considered a "child" anymore, i'd still freak out if i saw a snake. they're my worst fear.

Stephanie said...

Yikes! I don't like snakes either. They remind me to much of Lord Voldemort from Harry Potter.

Greta said...

Hello my friends,

Yes, snakes can be pretty scary, and I think the fear is built into us to help keep us safe. But snakes are also beautiful and fascinating, and I consider it a privilege to see one in its natural habitat. We city people need to be as careful to avoid snakes as we are to avoid getting run over when we cross a street - we look both ways.

Love, Nana Greta

Anonymous said...

Hello, nana greta hi love reptiles but some of them are endangerd but how do we stop it. love,tony

Anonymous said...

Dear Nana Greta,There are a lot of grass on the road.
love, Sashala