Snake!!!

I was ready to call it a day and return to the house. I had shots of a wasp, a cool caterpillar, and a blue bee. I decided I would make one more round of the yellow wildflowers, because that's where I was finding cool stuff today.

I stopped dead in my tracks! There was a SNAKE in my wildflowers! I know it's silly, but I fear snakes more than any living creature. I knew it was a harmless Northern Rough Green Snake, but to me a snake is a snake.

I thought I have to get a pic. This is too good not to. I was shaking so hard by then, it's a miracle the pics weren't just a blur. If I didn't have zoom on my camera, I wouldn't have gotten any at all. I took pics until he started slithering away and then I did call it a day!!! :0)

The Northern Rough Green Snake is found in the US, southern Canada, and northern Mexico. They rarely exceed 90 cm (around 36 inches). I think this one was at its limit! They eat crickets, spiders, moths, butterflies, and grasshoppers. He could find all these goodies in the wildflowers.
Amazing shot! And even though you're scared of them - he looks beautiful :)
posted April 8th, 2011  
Great shot, but I would have run screaming! LOL
posted April 8th, 2011  
@valhamil @karens68 Thank you ladies! I'm still a little shaky! LOL!
posted April 8th, 2011  
fab colour and capture
posted April 8th, 2011  
@flamez Thank you!
posted April 8th, 2011  
Cool pic!
posted April 8th, 2011  
Brilliant...he is very cute...x
posted April 8th, 2011  
Awesome! He had great color!
posted April 8th, 2011  
How awesome :)
posted April 8th, 2011  
great shot, green in green. very nice capture
posted April 8th, 2011  
Wow, what a shot! Well done you for getting the pic and half ignoring your fear! Beautiful picture.
posted April 8th, 2011  
He really is well camouflaged! Good for you, overcoming your fear! Anything for a shot, right?
posted April 8th, 2011  
@bill_d @bec01 @dlo @terek55 @pyrrhula @lilbumblebee @timandelke Thank you all for your nice comments! I never thought I would be taking a pic of a snake and be that close to it. Later today. there were two black racer snakes in our backyard. No pics of them!!!! I ran!!! :0)
posted April 9th, 2011  
excellent! we would catch and play with them as kids, don't think i would now.
posted April 9th, 2011  
I LOVE IT!!! I sure wouldn't have been able to get the shot!! lol I would have been running the other direction! lol
posted April 9th, 2011  
very awesome picture, so glad you faced your fear and took the picture!!
posted April 9th, 2011  
wow this is awesome...i agree with you on snakes...a snake is a snake, whether dangerous or not...great capture
posted April 9th, 2011  
@chard @sgrim @kames81 @angievega Thank you everyone for your comments! The nice comments make facing the fear worth it! :0)
posted April 9th, 2011  
You have done extremely well if you have a fear of snakes. Ya gotta love zoom. He certainly blends in with his surroundings. I spotted 4 snakes here the other day but they were all very camera shy and disappeared before I even had a chance to get the camera.
posted April 9th, 2011  
Nice composure...I mean you for catching the shot and not trembling like a leaf! Awesome capture too : )
posted April 9th, 2011  
This is really cool!!! Nice close-up!!!!
posted April 9th, 2011  
@rach_who Four snakes? Yikes! Where do you live? Do you have venomous snakes? @angelique Thank you! It took me awhile to settle down afterwards. :0)
posted April 9th, 2011  
@harley84 Thanks! :0)
posted April 9th, 2011  
AWESOME shot.. a fav ! this guy is so cute!!
posted April 9th, 2011  
I am the same way with spiders! Eeeeekkk!! This is such a great shot! He just blends in so well with the wildflowers.
posted April 9th, 2011  
@nikkers Thank you Nikki! I have to admit, he's kind of growing on me. lol :0)
posted April 9th, 2011  
@gardengal When I first saw him, I was hoping it was my crazy imagination! LOL I can't tell you how many times sticks in the grass have scared me! :0)
posted April 9th, 2011  
Sweet shot!!! You are brave!
posted April 9th, 2011  
Oh, how pretty!! You probably scared him too! I love the colours in this photo
posted April 9th, 2011  
Great capture with wonderful colours
posted April 9th, 2011  
Eek! I'm impressed with your nerve and steady hand. He is a stunning looking snake and the colours are awesome!
posted April 9th, 2011  
Okay Carolyn, this is another great shot with more vibrant green & yellow! I think I should start using the zoom more often.
posted April 10th, 2011  
Fantastic - that yellow and green is so zingy. I adore snakes! I'd love to seem them more often but we only have two fairly shy native species - I've seen an adder in the wild only once - and I was so excited I chased after it to get a pic, down the edge of a slightly precipitous clifftop - my walking friends had to hold on to me to stop me losing my footing ...
posted April 10th, 2011  
Eek! His colouring makes him look not even real! It looks like he's been spray painted or something. Good on you for facing your fear for art's sake!
posted April 11th, 2011  
nice capture!
posted April 11th, 2011  
Such a cool catch.
posted April 12th, 2011  
awesome capture - well done!
posted April 13th, 2011  
Looks like a sweet snake and definitely harmless. So glad you could overcome your phobia to take this photo for us; a true 365er!!
I seem to have missed some of your photos when I was away so will have a look at them now.
posted April 15th, 2011  
That would freak me out! Nice shot though.
posted August 23rd, 2011  
congrats! since i take pictures and this is since a long time i am waiting for snakes to take a portrait of them. i forget all my fears because they are so beautiful and i absolutely have to have a picture of them :-)
posted November 15th, 2011  
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