We’ve had some wildlife come near the house the past few days. First, we were sitting outside when this enormous black tarantula came right up to us and froze here for a minute:

Then he was on the move again. Cisco was literally vibrating with excitement — I had to firmly hold him on my lap.

The next day, we were inside working when a towhee outside was chirping loudly and insistently. Finally I got up to see what he was up to, and that’s when I noticed what was making the bird so agitated: a gorgeous king snake. They’re the good guys; they eat other snakes. It was hard to get video through the window screen, and he kept to the shade, too, making him almost impossible to see. But then he broke cover and swam across a skim of water on the ground. Eventually he disappeared around the side of the house, with the towhee scolding him the whole time. He may have been hunting for lizards. You can hear Rich’s police scanner squawking in the background.