Posted by Gene Gwin on Fri Jan 15, 2021 11:05 pm

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Photo of a Rattlesnake taken at the Laguna Seca Ranch in deep South Texas 27 November 2020.

Nikon D750
Nikon 70-200 f/2.8
1/640 sec
ISO 640

This is a very old Rattlesnake that was very easy going.  I was working at one of the blinds and looked over and saw him sound asleep about eight feet from me.  Didn't pay him much attention and finished up what I was doing and went inside the blind to photograph birds.  The birds didn't much like having a Rattlesnake at the water's edge, so I got a rake and attempted to get him to move along.  He was pretty adamant about staying right where he was, so I decided to take a few images.  He finally got tired of me and moved into the undergrowth.  Contrary to some beliefs, some Rattlesnakes are much more docile than others.  You just have to be careful.  

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by Carol Clarke on Sat Jan 16, 2021 9:32 am
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I always treat snakes with great respect, and preferably from a sensible distance, but they are beautiful creatures. Great skin detail, and love that golden eye looking at you, Gene.

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by david fletcher on Sat Jan 16, 2021 9:48 am
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Excellent details Gene. Sounds like you know perfectly well what to do with them. Lovely details in that eye.
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by Cynthia Crawford on Sat Jan 16, 2021 10:06 pm
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Well- you got an excellent shot! Glad you knew what you were doing- I wouldn't!
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by Mary Brun on Mon Jan 18, 2021 2:22 pm
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I have never seen a snake so close, the drawing on the skin and inside the eye is incredible.
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