Western Trumpet Honeysuckle and the Ribbon Snake
The wild honeysuckle is a deciduous, climbing vine with woody stems that may carry the trumpet-shaped flowers and ovate leaves as high as fifteen to twenty feet in a quest for the sun. Native Americans used the strong vines for weaving and binding. This plant is also popular with many gardeners, and provides a wonderful source of nectar for hummingbirds and butterflies when included in the home garden.
The Ribbon Snake is found throughout much of North America. They thrive in wet meadows, marshes, and damp woodlands. They are almost always found near water. Fine swimmers, they are often seen gliding across the surface of the water in shallow areas of lakes, ponds, and quiet streams. Ribbon snakes are active in the daytime, when they hunt for meals and bask in the warmth of the sun. These snakes are non-poisonous, but they can be irritable if disturbed.