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Offline Bobcat

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« on: March 12, 2006, 06:36:51 AM »
I photoged this Big Bend NP Western Diamondback Rattlesnake in late March of 2005.

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« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2006, 07:41:33 AM »
Great picture, there, Bobcat!  How in the world do you manage to find all these snakes?  I have seen one rattlesnake out in Big Bend.  We were on the Lost Mine Trail and had just gotten up to the ridge (where you can see into Juniper Canyon).  As we continued on, there was a rattler, just very slowly crossing the trail about 10 feet in front of us.  We stopped.  He continued his trek across the trail into the brush.  We continued our hike and a good time was had by all, including the snake, I hope!

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« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2006, 08:00:07 AM »
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Great picture, there, Bobcat!  How in the world do you manage to find all these snakes?  I have seen one rattlesnake out in Big Bend.  We were on the Lost Mine Trail and had just gotten up to the ridge (where you can see into Juniper Canyon).  As we continued on, there was a rattler, just very slowly crossing the trail about 10 feet in front of us.  We stopped.  He continued his trek across the trail into the brush.  We continued our hike and a good time was had by all, including the snake, I hope!


I'm sure I'm looking harder for herps than most people.  In 2004, I stubbled upon a rattlesnake den.  I'll be getting some good shots there again this year. I help the slow snakes, like rattlesnakes, cross the road so they don't get hit by a veh.  Also, I go to areas where snakes are more likely to be ie where their favorite prey items reside.  There's a good chance of seeing herps crossing the road during a warm evening/night.
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« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2006, 08:16:42 AM »
Just curious....is your interest in snakes and photographing them related to your vocation, or is it an avocation of yours?  I

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« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2006, 10:38:40 AM »
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Just curious....is your interest in snakes and photographing them related to your vocation, or is it an avocation of yours?  I


The snakes and all of nature and photography are avocational.  I used to chase and catch snakes as a kid.  It was then that I realised the power I had while holding these beautiful creatures.  Of course, others reactions to the snakes only reinforced my behavior  :twisted: I've never had an interest in herp breeding and I've never had a pet snake. Strictly photoging.
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« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2006, 02:52:53 PM »
Saw in the paper on Saturday/Friday sometime that the Sweetwater roundup was underway and that they caught x number of tons of rattlers and that Texas Aggieland A&M says it represents only about 1% of the rattlers in Texas each year - yikes - that's a heck of a lot of rattlers.  

Want to have fun with your camping buddy?  Get a plastic rattle snake, put it in the cooler to get it nice and cold, then at bed time put it in their sleeping bag just before they turn in!  (With Friends Like Me, Who Needs Enemies).

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« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2006, 06:18:48 PM »
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Saw in the paper on Saturday/Friday sometime that the Sweetwater roundup was underway and that they caught x number of tons of rattlers and that Texas Aggieland A&M says it represents only about 1% of the rattlers in Texas each year - yikes - that's a heck of a lot of rattlers.  

Want to have fun with your camping buddy?  Get a plastic rattle snake, put it in the cooler to get it nice and cold, then at bed time put it in their sleeping bag just before they turn in!  (With Friends Like Me, Who Needs Enemies).


I take it you have a death wish :!:
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« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2006, 07:13:26 PM »
I am intending to get at least a few rattler images next weekend, weather permitting.  Will be attending Rattlesnake Races at Old San Patricio.  Anyone want to come along and be the jockey?

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« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2006, 07:39:35 PM »
I just sleep with one eye open.

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« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2006, 07:40:52 PM »
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I am intending to get at least a few rattler images next weekend, weather permitting.  Will be attending Rattlesnake Races at Old San Patricio.  Anyone want to come along and be the jockey?


I've got a lot of rattlesnake stories, Roy. A lot!
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« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2006, 12:06:43 AM »
yet another fine example of your great work!

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« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2006, 03:47:38 AM »
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yet another fine example of your great work!


Maybe it's an example of my great stupidity!
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