Over the holiday I added this amazing photography book, serpens by guido mocafico (thanks to a kind gift certificate) to my "library" of cherished books. It's full of jaw dropping color, pattern and textures that truly surprise (and repulse a bit too). Because yes, the creatures this book celebrates are indeed snakes. Snakes like I've never seen before, in colors and patterns I could never have imagined on my own. Their beauty is undeniable, and thankfully, because they're safely on the page, far far away from reality, it's easy to become utterly captivated by these creatures. If you can get past the fact that these stunningly beautiful subjects are snakes, run don't walk, to add this amazing book to your collection. I literally can't stop looking at this book...really.