Birders have something they call a “life list,” which I assume is their mental (or literal) checklist of bird species they hope to see/photograph in their lives. My life list pretty much includes anything and everything. I want to see it all. Today I got to check two more “yets” off of my list – a hummingbird moth, which I didn’t even realize was a hummingbird moth until I looked at the photos on my computer, since they look a bit like over-size bumble bees, and a northern water snake, which freaked me right out. I was sitting beside this pond, right beside the water, photographing dragonflies and damselflies and such, when this banded snake swims stealthily through the water about, oh, two feet from me, and never having seen one of these bad boys before, I thought “Water moccassin! Cottonmouth! Run for the hills!” but I’d been sitting cross-legged for some time and had to settle for scuttling backwards like a frightened crab. When I was safely on higher ground, I waited to see whether I could spot him again, but no such luck. Just a weird, unidentifiable dead thing in the water with a weird, unidentifiable bug-like thing eating it. Gross.