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Sunday, June 04, 2006

Taking Shelter from the Rain

This is the first Western Diamondback that I got to see close up. There were Monsoonal storms around the area and I went out to check on a birdfeeder that had fallen. I spotted this guy coiled up next to my porch, waiting out the storm. The birds took a while to notice him, but once they did they got very noisy! Canon 20D - 1/200th, 300mm @ f/10, ISO 1600. He was more pale than is seen here. I increased the contrast and saturation a bit to bring out the pattern and the scales.

3 Comments:

Blogger Jim said...

I suppose you were "rattled" when you first saw him? Being more of a city dweller, it was quite a few years after moving here before I saw my first rattler in the wild. They're pretty cool to see - from a safe distance.

12:32 AM  
Blogger Richard said...

Not at all. I've kept snakes over many years, so I was more pleased and excited to have one at the house. I've been wondering why it was taking so long for me to spot one close up.

5:39 PM  
Blogger CameraDawktor said...

Wow, he's cool! I love monsoon season........

9:09 AM  

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