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.