Welcome to Gallery A – also known as Moccasin Country.
All photos were taken in and around Back Bay, the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and in the swamps of southeastern Virginia.
The ladies will be happy to hear that there aren’t very many Water Moccasins – or other snakes – in the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge itself. (The result of hurricanes, harsh winters, habitat loss, illegal hunting / collecting and what sadly seems to be an organized program of eradication.)
At the current rate of destruction, these may be photos of the last of the Moccasins in this area of southeastern Virginia.
Speaking of ‘the last of the Moccasins,’ it sort of reminds me of James Fenimore Cooper’s “The Last of the Mohicans.” Perhaps we should make a movie entitled “The Last of the Moccasins” starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Madeline Stowe. (And film it in North Carolina, of course.) It is interesting to note that in “The Last Of The Mohicans,” the last of the Mohicans was named Chingachgook – a Native American word meaning “Great Serpent.”
Nuts!!! I just found out that the slideshow feature may not be visible in some older web browsers. Gggrrrrr!!! Also, if you are using Internet Explorer 9 and some of the images display as tiny thumbnails, please click on the Welcome Page, then back on the slide show. This should fix the problem. I hope!
(Clarification: Moccasin, aka Water Moccasin, is more properly identified as the Eastern Cottonmouth. Agkistrodon piscivorus piscivorus. We’ve just always called them Moccasins, or Mocs.)