Easter, Germany, April 2011
As I was saying in my previous post, we took a little tour, accompanied by a guide, through the wilde life reservation in Lusatia (Oberlausitz). At one point she, our guide, spotted a little snake making his siesta in the sun, on the side of a field. While here, from what I know, there are no poisonous snakes, there are still some small, and rather innofensive ones. This one was around half a metter, soft and warm, probably from the sun. It was a beautiful animal, dark-gray with some yellow. He seemed just as curious about us as we were about him, and he was “tasting” the air with his rather long, black tongue. It was … fascinating. While we aknowledge that it is harmless, I assume there is still some primitive instinct in us saying somewhere, in the back of our minds “Beware, it’s a snake!”. This is what I see on the face of the child, reflecting perfectly this inner contradiction between wonder and fear.