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Snake Skin and Flowers, Yep, an Odd mix for sure.

Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by TomP, Jul 16, 2008.

  1. :biggrin: Snake Skin and Flowers, Yep, an Odd mix for sure.

    Snake skin. Somewhere there is a beautiful shiny new looking rat snake ,I think, they are very pretty after shedding the old skin.
    I usually find several skins each year, but this is the first this year and the first I have photographed,
    The skin is translucent, so I have used shadows and highlights to bring out the detail. You can see the wear to the scales due to locomotion.
    These are side body scales, and are designed to aid in movement. We find these snakes 80 and 90 feet up trees here.


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    I do not know the name of this flower.
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  2. Cone flowers.... yellow, unless you are being tricky with selective color!!!

    But wow, Tom those snakeskins shots are really awesome! I love the repetitive designs in nature.... great shots...
     
  3. No I did nothing to the color, they were just interesting to me, but they had seen better days. I would like to find some fresh ones. thanks for the ID.

    Nature is so fascinating!!
    I could have done better with the snake, but a rain and storm was bearing down on me, so grabbed what i could before the skin was ruined:frown:
     
  4. Holmes

    Holmes

    Oct 28, 2006
    Wyoming, USA
    Great stuff and most creative. Love the shed skin images.
     
  5. http://www.waltersgardens.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=plants.plantDetail&plant_id=1297

    Most likely Sunrise variety of Coneflower.... Your snakeskins were great...
     
  6. Spectre

    Spectre

    Feb 20, 2008
    Oregon
    Tom,
    The snake skin is interesting. Nicely done.
     
  7. Thanks Holmes and Spectre for looking, I really like up close pics of nature, at least this one was not moving:smile:

    One day while city friends were visiting our very rural home,. We were gathered on the front porch, when I noticed a 5 foot rat snake about 40' up a tree. The company was totally in awe and fascinated by this unusual, sight. they watched as he disappeared up the tree, and then came back down, unsuccessful in his baby bird/squirrel hunt.


    This is what is so cool about the Café, some one knows a bit about everything, or where to find it. I followed your link for the flowers, and found that the cone flower was "birthed" in Atlanta Georgia, at Itsaul Nurseries. I took the pic while at at a medical center in Atlanta
     
  8. Phillip Ino

    Phillip Ino

    Nov 26, 2007
    Austin
    Wow, that is incredible, Tom. The snake skin images are something else!
     
  9. The snake skin shots are really cool. Great shots.
     
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