Ranger Kathryn's Arches

May 30, 2011

Rob calls me St Kathryn of Assisi

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Eye to eye with a Striped Whipsnake

So, while I was walking along in some crazy wash or another, a second beautiful Striped Whipsnake modeled for me. Seriously. He stopped right where he was, allowed me to pull my camera out and set it to macro and slowly, s-l-o-w-l-y, lower my hand down to his eye level to get a series of photos of him at mad close range. Inch and a half from lens to nose. Ranger Rob (Mouse Victor of previous post) loves snakes as much as I do, and he was speechless when I showed him yet another close-close-close-up of this reptile. He swears that nobody can get that close to this species, as they have no patience for humans. But… this is the second one that let me. 

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May 17, 2011

Striped Whipsnake

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snake in the cheatgrass (click to enlarge)

My hiking partner ahead of me stepped right over it, unaware of its presence. It was well-camouflaged, but something tipped me off; I quickly set my camera to macro and got this shot. What a sweet snake to pose for me  in Clover Canyon
and let my lens get an inch or two from its face. I’ve not had one that un-perturbable before. Twenty-four inches of loveliness! It disappeared in the blink of an eye.

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