Desert Horses

Welcome to my horse blog, Desert Horses. We live in the desert southwest, near Palm Springs, CA, but board our horses up in our local mountains where it is cooler in the summer. I have 4 horses, all rescues. Here is the ranch up the mountains where the horses stay.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A Warning and a Windy Day here

Yesterday morning as I crossed the road to begin my hike, I heard a little "tick,tick" and looked down at the shrub by my feet. Yup. I instinctively knew what it was and my legs stopped moving, my heart stopped, and time froze. My head swirled to find the location of the sound. I finally moved away from the bush and continued my hike. A rattlesnake. Probably a young one. There are written signs warning visitors about rattlesnakes and yes, the babies are now coming out of their burrows. With all the hawks and birds of prey and roadrunners around, most don't make it to adulthood. It was just a reminder, a warning to be careful where I put my feet. It was just dawn and the sunlight was barely coming over the hills and I really wasn't looking where I was walking. Just a reminder... Ahhh...and a storm front is moving in. We had wind ALL NIGHT, the temperature has dropped, and we may get some sprinkles today. I have a meeting this morning, but I'm hoping to be able to get out early enough for a short walk. Here are some pics from yesterday morning.


Terri said...

Oh how I fear those things!!! When we lived in West Texas we found some over 6 feet long! I fear little, however, I lose my mind when my path crosses one of theirs!
Posted a couple of new pics this a.m. Come see!
Talk soon

Rising Rainbow said...

Yuck! I wouldn't make it with rattlesnakes. Guess that's why I live where it's wet.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Whew! I'm glad you survived unscathed!