This is the title of my series on this theme in my Signs and Sayings gallery. “Be Ye Wise as Serpents” is a phrase attributed to Jesus (Matt. 10:16) in the King James version of the Christian Bible. I agree wholeheartedly that observing the true nature of snakes reveals much we can learn from them. First, I must admit that this is not an original idea. I was inspired by a T-shirt someone gave me, and then transposed these snake witticisms in my own words on my own art - featuring the awesome serpents of the desert southwest (with the exception of the anaconda from Out of Africa). This particular snake is a gorgeous mojave rattlesnake (Crotalus scutulatus) - probably among the first few rattlesnakes I ever rescued and released backed into the wild. I have many videos of these snakes demonstrating their incredible beauty and grace in their natural setting. Out of the over 300 videos on my YouTube channel (and growing), an entire playlist is devoted to this magnificent creatures: _____ To be wise as a serpent is a rare honor and privilege toward which I believe we should all strive, and I am grateful for this opportunity to serve and spread that message through my art.
November 30th, 2018
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