Watch where you're stepping !

Discussion in 'Other Animals' started by PJohnP, Aug 2, 2007.

  1. PJohnP


    Feb 5, 2005
    Quick trip down to the Gulf Coast right now, and I made a fast drive over to the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge at sunset. Middling luck with shooting birds, but as I stalked a lesser bittern near to the marsh, I looked over a little to my right and spotted better shooting...

    ... although it's questionable which of us saw the other as prey tonight.


    Naturally, once I'd spotted this little critter, I wanted a closeup shot. Hmmm... I do wonder how far a three or foot long cottonmouth can lunge towards me ? Ah, well, I'm almost at the minimum shooting distance for this lens now. No, no, that's not quite in focus, and the snake's moving towards me. Hurm... maybe, maybe just a half step back. Click !

    D200, 200-400mm AFS/VR, processed in NC, small crop for composition and copyright in PS-CS2

    Great great fun.

    Always shoot - even when they bite !

    John P.
  2. JeffKohn


    Apr 21, 2005
    Houston, TX
    Yikes, glad you saw this guy before you stepped on him! 2nd one's a great shot.
  3. sreeves31


    Jun 25, 2007
    Mason, OH

    Excellent shots and thanks for yet another reason I can tell my wife I need the 200-400VR. "Snake clearance."
  4. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    OMG THAT IS SCARY AS (*&(^(*(
  5. wow John!
  6. PJohnP


    Feb 5, 2005
    Jeff :


    I find the second one interesting as you can see how the fangs fold back against the roof of the mouth of the snake. Pity they weren't extended, I suppose, but most people wouldn't have wanted to stand nearby in that case... :wink:

    John P.
  7. PJohnP


    Feb 5, 2005
    Scott :

    Thanks for the kind words.

    "Snake clearance" ? Hurm. Never really thought much about it that way.

    I wonder what Samuel L. Jackson would have said ?

    On second thought, let's not write any of that down, eh ? :eek: :rolleyes:

    John P.
  8. PJohnP


    Feb 5, 2005
    Gale :

    Wish you were there - we could have shot together ! I'm thinking today that I should have taken a ground-level shot for better effect.

    Your thoughts ? :cool: :rolleyes:

    John P.
  9. PJohnP


    Feb 5, 2005
    Dave :


    Good times...

    ... if you don't mind snakes. :wink:

    John P.
  10. Snakes I am ok with, bees are a whole nother story
  11. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    hahahahahaha John!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Fishing worms is about my speed and no hurry for those anymore
  12. Bolts


    May 7, 2007
    Tampa, Florida
    A shot from ground level would have been awesome.

    Reminds me of that old joke, "What's the last words out of a redneck's mouth?" "Hey, man, watch this!" (That's what I used to say before I jumped off the railroad tressle into Lake Allatoona in Acworth, Georgia!)
  13. He clearly means business! Nice catch John. That's not a shot I would have gotten!!
  14. Great shots John!

    I agree, a ground level shot would have been very cool!
  15. I recall reading they can jump 2/3rd of their length.

  16. Not only are you a great guy and and an exceptional conversaionalist, you gotta be stone dead crazy too! :cool:
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  17. Andyc


    Nov 6, 2006
    South Wales UK
    Superb photo's.
    That's a hazard when taking photo's in the UK we don't have to worry about. Next time I curse when I step in a cow pat I'll remember what I could have stepped on in the USA.
    Best regards
  18. Very interesting, John. Good thing you were shooting birds and not scenics - that 12-24 would have made things a bit dicier here.
  19. John doesn't have to worry much either on his home turf. There are no poisonous snakes above 7000 feet in the U.S.
  20. Cow pat!? What I remember from UK was sheep pats! We were in Birdoswald along Hadrian's wall and I swear those suckers were about every 18 inches. A lot of stuff from those small creatures.