Totally out of focus, of course, but there's a story behind this pic that still makes it worth sharing. The story is that I was in the process of photographing the turtle below when I noticed something stir in the water to my right and just outside the picture frame. When I turned to look, I had only enough time to see the patterns formed by the snake's scales and to snap this pic.
Uh, oh! (Okay, so maybe another expletive came to mind.) In any case, I first thought it might have been a Copperhead. There are some around. But later, after I had time to think about where I spotted it, a Northern Watersnake seemed more likely.
Ah, but who was willing to take a chance, right?