Waiting for us at the garage door on Sunday was a three foot Black Rat Snake. I quickly retrieved my Nikon D300 from the house and started snapping his photo. He really didn't seem to mind much. It was pretty shady so I had to kick up the ISO to be able to capture him. Using a Nikkor 18-200mm 3.5-5.6 VR lens allowed me to keep back far enough so he didn't feel that he needed to escape. Peg wasn't amused. After I was done with the photo shoot I relocated him to the woods.
If you ever have a chance to sail to Alaska, do it! If you can save up a little more to be able to stay in The Haven Courtyard on Norwegian Cruise Lines, do it! For our anniversary Peg and I decided we would take our first cruise to Alaska. NCL sales called us, last minute, and offered us a deal to upgrade to a penthouse in The Haven Courtyard aboard the Norwegian Pearl. We did and it was fantastic! The Bird of Paradise Courtyard Suite Room 14014 (an S5 level penthouse suite) would be our home for the seven day cruise which started in Seattle, Washington.