Was out today travelling backroads I had never been down. Heard a lot of frogs so decided to pull over to see if I could photograph a few. As I was walking the shoreline of a pond I noticed one as it dove so I stopped and slowly crouched down hoping it would return. Imagine my surprise when I looked down and noticed I was standing on the tail of a Garter Snake
. I always said I was more lucky than good LOL.
So I channelled Austin Stevens and softly carressed it as I whispered to it LOL... OK so I gently held it hoping it would settle down and it did! When I put it down slowly after a few minutes it stayed right there so it was just a matter of a nudge here and a poke there to get it in the right position.
Now... dont try this unless you are 100% sure that the reptile is safe to handle and if it stresses just let it go. This guy was really quiet as it more than likely just came out of hybernation.
I wanna get a shot like this of a Rattle Snake this summer when I head to the southern end of the province
with the 100-400 of course... no way am I gonna get this close.
BTW.. grouse update.. he is still on his log drumming away
Canon 7D + 50D + EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM + EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM + EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Pelican // Black Rapid // Think Tank // Manfrotto // Garmin
Reflections On Canadian Wildlife