Strolling along a trail on Whidbey Island I saw a slight movement off to one side. I stopped to see what it was and it took a moment to realize it was a snake. I don’t know much about snake species but a conversation with someone later and a look online told us it was a garter snake. It froze when I saw it so we had a standoff to see who would move first. Gradually it moved around a bit until I could get the briefest of views of its head. Having tried to get a picture of it, I left it in peace to do whatever it was doing.