Weekly Photo Challenge: SURPRISE

The theme of this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is  SURPRISE.

I had just completed fifteen minutes of pruning a tall Ilex crenata ‘Sky Pencil’ holly that was about nine feet tall. As I climbed down the ladder, I came face to face with an unexpected visitor. My was that ever a surprise!

I am certainly glad that I hadn’t pruned its tail.


About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in a retirement community in Matthews, NC.
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36 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: SURPRISE

  1. Frank Simpson says:

    Now THAT would get my attention 🙂

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  2. Holy cow! Glad to know that you are safe.


  3. Stephen Rees says:

    Good thing you know your snakes


  4. anne leueen says:

    Well…..I think this is going to get my first place prize for this week’s photo challenge.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Oh my! I would certainly have been surprised!


  6. And what a beauty it is! Hope it nabbed a chipmunk while visiting.


  7. HesterLeyNel says:

    😲 This is a beautiful specimen, but if you ever visit KZN South Africa, please don’t get too chummy with the black snakes – their venom is deadly.

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  8. Cathy says:

    What kind of snake is it John! Good thing you weren’t still on the ladder when he came out and made you jump!


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  10. calmkate says:

    Good one John! I have had too many encounters of being about to step onto a deadly snake! Third time in one place I took it as a sign and relocated. Fact of life in Australia.


  11. jules says:

    Scary even if it wasn’t dangerous! I’m glad you didn’t snip it!


  12. Morry Alter says:

    Whoa! Was the photo shot with you still on the ladder? Glad you weren’t too surprised. Morry


  13. Lindy Le Coq says:

    All in a day’s work in the garden! What a super shot for this week’s challenge!!!


  14. Christina says:

    Maybe shock rather than surprise!!


  15. bythebriny says:

    Oh my, that would be a bit startling! You probably interrupted its nap.


  16. Now that would be a surprise for me too. One that would still find me running in the opposite direction. I don’t know much about snakes – is that one poisonous?


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