Not For the Faint of Heart – Creatures of Valley View Who Share the Garden Space

There is a beauty and tranquility that gardeners aspire to create in their garden spaces.

Iris in small molded pond

What we sometimes seem to forget is that before we began to  move’ dig or change the landscape there were creatures who inhabited the space before us.

Green frog

In order to create a space rich in energy and in balance with our Mother,

Nursery Web spider close-up

We must honor those who live near and beneath our feet.

Eastern Garter snake eye half closed

I have come to understand these creatures and do not seek to harm them in any way.

Venusta Orchard Spider on leaf

First and foremost it’s important to know these amazing reptiles, amphibians and insects are not poisonous, they do not seek me out to harm me.

Nursery Web spider with egg case

Instead we have a symbiotic relationship.

Green frog with reflection

I create garden spaces and they take care of things that seek to harm it.

Eastern Garter snake

For those who garden in areas where creatures live that may do the gardener harm, care is of utmost importance. But if like myself you are fortunate to live in an area free of harm, enjoy and honor those who share your garden space!


The Forked or Bifid Tongue

Words have the potential to enhance the viewing experience

Words may compliment a photograph, bring a smile to your face or make you cry

But sometimes words are a distraction

I believe this is one of those times…


Common Garter Snake 1

Common Garter Snake 2

Common Garter Snake 3

Connon Gartewr Snake 5

Common Garter Snake 4

Common Garter Snake 6

Click here to learn more about a snake’s forked tongue

Snakes Galore

Every garden has its creatures

Green Frog

Those who enjoy its bounty as much as the gardener

male and female American Gold finch bird on sunflower seed head

Those who rival the flowers planted there

Morning Cloak butterfly - wings opened

And those who hide in plain sight

Praying Mantis 3

Then there are those who share our space and are seldom seen

Corn Snake

 To catch a glimpse is indeed an honor

Corn Snake

 A joy worth sharing

American Garter Snake

Garter Snake

Late – April Garden Walk

Reseeded Hellebore flower
Reseeded Hellebore flower
Daffodil and Hyacinth flowers in front garden
Daffodil and Hyacinth flowers in front garden

 Not only day-to-day

Reseeded Hellebore flowers
Reseeded Hellebore flowers

But moment to moment a garden changes

Dutchman's Breeches after the rain
Dutchman’s Breeches after the rain

A shadow cast, sun rays illuminating

Sumac stand reflected in pond near labyrinth in lower gardens
Sumac stand reflected in pond near labyrinth in lower gardens

Creatures warming on heated rocks

Common Garter Snake
Common Garter Snake

Birds stealth-like movements

Flicker photo taken with Nikon Coolpix P150
Flicker Photo taken with Nikon Coolpix P150

Flowers in bloom

Red Riding Hood rock garden tulip
Red Riding Hood rock garden tulip

Green prevails

Hellebore flower
Hellebore flower

Life is organic – life is change

Siberian Squill - Scilla and Euonymus
Siberian Squill – Scilla and Euonymus

Enjoy every moment

Wood stump sculpture In front flower bed
Wood stump sculpture In front flower bed


The rays of the early morning sun illuminated the Bird’s Nest Spruce.

Intertwined within its branches an Eastern Ribbon Snake awoke early to take advantage of the sun’s warmth.

Another moment in the garden’s life!