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Big Rattler

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Offline ambersdad

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Big Rattler
« on: May 26, 2012, 11:48:35 AM »
The last 3 years I've spent a lot of hours in the Wichita Mountains as a hiker, photographer, and a volunteer.  All that time without seeing a diamondback rattlesnake.  A few weeks ago I made a comment to a friend wondering why.  The next day I almost stepped on this one right at dark near camp.


A few days ago I found this 5 footer in a prairie dog town.

 
Having decent gear is nice, but wildlife photography is knowing your subject and getting lucky, and I love getting lucky.
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Offline Homer67

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Re: Big Rattler
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2012, 01:06:57 PM »
Beautiful photos! Wow!

I've only seen one rattler.  It was a small blacktail on the Mule Ears trail just after dusk when returning to camp after a day of fun in Terlingua.  It was startled by our headlamps, so we just watched it for a bit, then it went into the chaparral off trail.  I should have had the camera handy!
Ah Big Bend, we will soon return to reacquaint ourselves in our ritual of blood, exhaustion and dehydration. How can we resist the temptation to strip ourselves of the maladies of civilization?

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Offline Robert

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Re: Big Rattler
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2012, 03:02:36 PM »
Wow, nice shots.

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Offline Jimbow

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Big Rattler
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2012, 05:52:46 AM »
It seems like once you spot one, you will see more. Your mind breaks their camo code.
Everything is in walking distance if you have enough time.

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Offline ambersdad

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Re: Big Rattler
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2012, 08:23:42 AM »
Thanks.  Glad you liked them.

One more shot of the big one.  He had just got his jaws about back in place after swallowing an adult prairie dog.

Having decent gear is nice, but wildlife photography is knowing your subject and getting lucky, and I love getting lucky.
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http://randyswildlifeandnaturephotography.com/

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Offline steelfrog

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Re: Big Rattler
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2012, 08:47:53 AM »
That's a  gorgeous one!

 


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