Friday, June 17, 2016

Second Retaining Wall Comes into Focus

Or: The Ograbme that Grabbed Me
Well see: Indigenous Stonework sometimes involves stacking stones to resemble snakes.
I try to see the courses of stones as possible snakes:
But what is that??
Since I have had more than one snapping turtle give me this exact sort of look,
I am reasonably sure that this is a Stone Snapping Turtle: 
I stole (and cropped) this photo of a snapping turtle from

THANKS TO A 19TH CENTURY POLITICAL CARTOON, COMMON SNAPPING TURTLES ARE ALSO KNOWN AS "OGRABMES." 

Urban~commonswiki via Wiki Commons // CC BY PD-US
"Drawn by Alexander Anderson, this piece skewers Thomas Jefferson’s signing of the unpopular Embargo Act. At the president’s command, we see a snapping turtle bite some poor merchant’s hind end. Agitated, the victim calls his attacker “ograbme”—“embargo” spelled backwards..."

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