When you work with data or any type of surveillance, if you do your job correctly, you follow a routine. I do the same things on certain days of the week; I have set routes to survey, the same sites to visit. I have almost fallen asleep (don’t tell my boss) driving these routes, day after day. The main source of unpredictability, when dealing with insects (as I do), is the weather. Thus, Nature is what lends variety to my daily routine; it is why I love my job. If you are not careful, simply going through your daily motions, ending up at Point B without any recollection of how you got there, Nature occasionally throws a cottonmouth in your path.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays find me in hardwood swamps, a murky and mysterious landscape. Full of hidden dangers.
On this day, coming out of the swamp, this was awaiting me on the asphalt of a seldom-traveled road.
Yes, her mouth was wide open. I was lucky she decided not to strike.
Always watch your step.