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Old May 20, 2006, 11:50 PM   #1
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Went for a walk this evening and caught this guy out sunning himself. Using a 70-300 Quantaray gave me some problems on getting all of him in focus.



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Old May 20, 2006, 11:51 PM   #2
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Once he coiled up though it was a lot easier.



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Old May 20, 2006, 11:53 PM   #3
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Then when I got home, this guy was visiting. This shot was with the DL kit lens.





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Old May 21, 2006, 12:47 AM   #4
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I found his guy when I was out looking for Morels.

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Old May 21, 2006, 7:00 AM   #5
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all really nice..

jim, you out did yourself w/the snake close uo. only time i've gotten those were at the zoo.

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Old May 21, 2006, 7:41 AM   #6
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Nice shots of the snake--any idea what kind it is?
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Old May 21, 2006, 8:08 AM   #7
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I like the snake shot also, but snakes are rare around here until later in the summer when it gets warmer.

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Old May 21, 2006, 9:12 AM   #8
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Actually wasn't as close as it looks. When I saw the attached photo, I thought I could do a serious crop and get just the head shot and it would turn out pretty impressive. I was actually about 3-4 feet from him and he had nowhere to go. The place I was walking consisted of big chuck of exposed granite, and he was out in the middle of an exposed area. I believe in the first photo, he is actually playing dead cause I got within about a foot of him and he did not move. I actually was thinking he might be dead, but then decided he'd had enough and coiled up for the photo below. Not a snake expert, but I believe it's a black rat snake.

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Old May 21, 2006, 6:34 PM   #9
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Really awesome photos - I hope you looked for a triangle head before getting that close to him - I had a dog that once investigated too close to a diamondback rattler once. He was one sick puppy for a couple of days, and it took closer to 2 weeks for the swelling to go down. Love the frogs, too.
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