LLANO – First there were the drag marks. Three of them. Long, slinky, S-curving imprints on the sand road, certain evidence that rattlesnakes were here and responding well to the warm weather.
Then came the porcupines. Two of these. About a quarter mile apart, waddling across the same single-track road in the semi-dark of dawn. They didn’t take kindly to my attempts to photograph them on the ground. Both spread their tail quills in a warning to stay well clear of the barbed tips unless I wanted to add a trip to the emergency room to my morning walk.
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