On the last full day of my SC AIR trip, I spent the afternoon back in Cuddo East. As I walked along the driving trail through Alligator Alley, I noticed a circular pattern that broke up the normal lines in a tall tree trunk at the top of an embankment above a swampy channel. After getting a closer look, I was excited to learn that it was a rat snake in an unusual position. Perhaps it was simply timing or the right part of the season, but I only saw three snakes the entire week, and every one of them were good sized rat snakes. Rat Ring was the only composition I was able to create that included the snake’s head. Though I was a significant distance away, I may have scared it because it quickly disappeared. I like how the snake is nonchalantly, almost lazily, resting its head on the thickest part of its body. The snake’s pose creates a calm tone and brings a peaceful sense to the piece.