Not everyone is a fan of snakes. In fact, I would venture to say that the majority of the population have little love for the apodal ophidian. What a pity, as these misunderstood creatures are mostly innocuous and even beneficial (they help to control the numbers of vermin such as rodents and insects). The relatively few dangerously venomous species, plus the legless movement and unnervingly low profile of snakes, have given them an undeservedly evil reputation. While I admit that I do not seek out the companionship of snakes, I do admire them for their positive qualities, and am even rather fond of a few species such as the brilliantly colored and mild-mannered smooth green snake (Opheodrys vernalis):
|What a lovely color! Would St. Patrick really want to drive|
such a beautiful creature away?
When I saw the colorful artwork at the top of the page on the Furbish Studio website, I decided I had to give these lovely prints and their under-appreciated subject matter a place of honor on a living room style board. The Furbish Studio site was full of additional suitable items appropriate for my special board, and here is the end result:
|Clockwise from top left: Collage of Snake Prints I-VI by Sarah B. Martinez; Wishbone Chair (Natural); Stepping Out Side Table; Black and White Spotted Pillow; Brass Faux Bamboo Floor Lamp; Metallic Zebra Dish (Gold); Abella Coffee Table; McCauley Upholstered Sofa; Background: Angers Kilim Rug.|
Who knows, in such a colorful and eclectic setting everyone's least favorite reptile may just become the darling of the design world! Well, okay, maybe not, but at least more people may come to appreciate the fascinating and unique beauty of snakes.