|Descending a rocky slope on the Skyline Trail in the Blue Hills.|
It was a bright afternoon in May. I was hiking up a steep trail near the crest of Buck Hill in Milton, noticing about how warm the rock ledge at my feet felt, having absorbed the heat of the sun all day, and musing on how nice it would be to lie down upon it. And then I remembered that snakes like to stretch themselves out over warm rocks too . . . And that I had read something recently about rattlesnakes in the Blue Hills. . . And that maybe I should watch my step.
|A brown Timber Rattlesnake. (Photo credit Anne Stengle/Mass Wildlife)|