Thursday, February 13, 2014

Painting a Serpent (or Two)

     Another Snow Day, another foot of snow expected to fall on top of every stone, and, on top of that, it is my day off.
     So instead of walking, I’ll take some screen captures and paint a Serpent for you…

Here’s the oldest photo of the Grinning Serpent that I have found so far, an aerial photo taken in 1934, from the CT State Library Online, although I must admit the Snake is hard to spot:
So I’ll zoom in on the Serpent and paint some less than accurate white lines on the body, over those zigzags that may be stones or that may be about ten feet long wooden rails, a couple straight lines where the body meets an orange dot that is the boulder head of the Snake:

 These days that Snake is less visible from the air, covered in a widening swath of invasive plants mostly, a large percentage of poison ivy, and a few Native plants that have managed to hang on.
This is not to “scale” (which is a snake pun) by any stretch of the imagination, but if you stretch your imagination, each stone behind the head is a scale in a way, even if there are other “artistic forms” of stone stacking along the Serpents tail – and very few signs of stones being tossed randomly up against a wooden rail Snake or Worm Fence, as the New England Myth about Zigzag Stone Fences goes:
And that other segment of another row of stone that I also high lighted, might be another Serpent:
Here’s a different Serpent, {} a few hills away you might say, in a funky screen capture of a bing bird’s eye view image where you are looking south toward the Petroform:
On the ground, you'll find this Serpent Sleeping:

He's awake head on:

From the blog "The Light of Other Days:" 
And somewhat reminiscent of the Most Famous of Great Serpents when viewed looking North:
(Subtle lines drawn in:)
(Not so subtle "egg painted in:")

1 comment:

  1. I wish I could show you the giant snake (although some say turtle) and snake head at the Hopeville site! I never managed to get a good picture of it.