Sea Serpent Of Santa Rosa Lake; Kayaking With A Diamondback Rattlesnake (#371)

A welcome break in my travels, Santa Rosa Lake state park.  I had booked one night, but after arriving booked a total of three.

Peace, solitude, the beauty of the high desert with a lake in its midst.  The weather sunny with a light breeze.

On my second day, I took the kayak out for a paddle.

 

Quiet beauty of a high desert lake

Quiet beauty of a high desert lake with a rich blue endless sky

 

Santa Rosa Lake, New Mexico ~ created by a dam on the Pecos River

Santa Rosa Lake, New Mexico ~ created by a dam on the Pecos River

 

Autumn Foliage out in its full glory.

From my kayak I saw Autumn Foliage out in its full glory.

I leisured in seeing the sun struck waters off my bow

I leisured in seeing the sun-struck waters off my bow.  An afternoon idyll, timeless; etching its memory on all the senses.

 

Dona Serpiente swimming quite near my kayak

Then out of my reverie came a swimming sea serpent: a diamondback rattlesnake.  I called her, Dona Serpiente (Lady Serpent), swimming just off the starboard bow of my kayak.

 

Oddly, I have never seen one on land despite my numerous travels.  But here was one sharing my watery idyll.  With some distance…….., she was welcome.

 

I had to keep paddling in circles around her, just to get some good photos

I had to keep paddling in circles around her, just to get some good photos.  

 

On land she'd be rattling that tail and I'd be walking swiftly backward

On land, she’d give a warning; rattling that tail with abandon.  I’d freeze in place, catch my breath, my heart would stop for a second.  On water, no feeling of fear; only relentless fascination.

 

Dona Serpiente

Dona Serpiente ~ Just look at her beautiful diamond markings

 

Totally unexpected, breathtaking!  I continued my paddle up the lake; she continued with her swim.  Our chance meeting ?  No harm to either of us.  For that we are both ~

Ever Grateful ~  Annie

About TinCanTraveler

Born under a wand'rin' star.... living in my Winnebago, traveling the country, explorer/adventurer, photographer, writer, chi master, massage therapist, retired teacher/counselor, work camper. Grateful for the freedom to do it all. Enjoying life's ultimate lessons of trust, respect, and grace. Inhale love; exhale gratitude.
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11 Responses to Sea Serpent Of Santa Rosa Lake; Kayaking With A Diamondback Rattlesnake (#371)

  1. Amber says:

    Wow! Your pictures are breathtaking! I didn’t know they liked the water. My something new I learned today. Love you!!

  2. nomaggsrush says:

    It’s great to find peace and serenity and this place looks blissful. Enjoy, you deserve it after your volunteering.

  3. Thanks, Maggie! Enjoy your respite as well!

  4. Sher says:

    Good to hear you are enjoying your restful spa place. Peaceful and calm and beautiful I can’t say I would have enjoyed the snake though. You are steadier than I!! Snakes are not one of my things to enjoy. Glad you are safe.

  5. An amazing place. They keep appearing in my line of travel! Thanks, Sher!

  6. sandrabranum says:

    Reblogged this on SandraBranum's Blog and commented:
    I didn’t know snakes like to swim. Did you?

  7. Patti Kuche says:

    I didn’t know they liked water either but what a sight . . . ! I admire your steady hand in getting all the great detail!

  8. Thanks! My kayak paddle was never far from reach!

  9. Edge of Chic says:

    You are fearless! I wouldn’t have stuck around long enough to take such nice pictures. Stay safe out there!

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