July 7th Tough Day for Spotting Wildlife....

by Russell Smith July. 07, 2019 160 views

Rain in the south equals Humid and I mean a humid like breathing through a wet towel while in a sauna humid the perfect kind of summer weather because it was only in the mid to high 80s so tolerable for someone born and raised in the south.

Overcast skys caused me to wait until about 11am to swing over to the park for a stroll so I was not expecting much wildlife . I mainly wanted to get out and away from people for a bit. Plus it would allow me to see any damage from the recent weather. Thankfully there was not any new damage.

I almost like the pose of this little guy and there isnt a leaf hiding 1/2 of its body but I know there is a better photo to be had so more reasons to go to the park .... Like I need an excuse lol.

I stopped by to check on Fred but he was out somewhere but his two cousins were on the front porch. I was able to get a little bit lower of an angle for this shot but the same distance from him/her as the last shoot. This is its comfort range. The other ones distance is a bit (like 3-6 feet) more before it runs for the water.

I think this guy is a banded water snake but could be a northern water snake too. I only saw about this much of its head and body so enough to know it is non poisonous and watersnakes I can have a hard time ID because there is so much variation in the patterns within a species. I do know it was watching me watch it and when I would move to get the framing better it would watch me. If I had to make an estimate I would say this guy is a meter long and maybe as thick as a hotdog but thinner than say a bratwurst.

I came around a corner on a part of the trail that I have not walked in a few months and spotted this guy on the trail after I grabbed a few shots of it from the tripod position I decided that getting closer to its level would be a neat idea. Note close no way in Hades was I getting on the ground in the bed of Poison Ivy not for a theory anyway.

I like the lower angle on this shot but I did forget to check the upper left side of the frame and see because of this the green leaf that was behind it looks like a white blob... Lessons that I keep learning because I keep forgetting. Anywho it is a Box Turtle and while not a rare turtle it is a new turtle for me at the park and also a turtle that I have not seen in decades. I did spot I think 15 species that I could ID and another 5 or 10 that were outside of range for me to ID so there is next time. The king Fisher was the bird sighting of the day that I was happy with and now that I have a location I need to research the species a bit and see if maybe I can shoot this bird during the winter months when a bit more light can penetrate the canopy.

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Heike 3 months, 2 weeks ago

I like #1 most. Ok, it's not 100% sharp, but it has a lot of character. Looks like this little bird is checking out the weather you described.

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Russell Smith Replied to Heike 3 months, 2 weeks ago

That is true. These guys are a challenge because of where like to hang out here in SC.

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Antonio Gil 3 months, 2 weeks ago

The croc and the snake pictures made my day. Wonderful work

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Russell Smith Replied to Antonio Gil 3 months, 2 weeks ago

:) Thank you .

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Shane Coleman 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Excellent job! Love the B&W alligator... adds even more mystery to his partially hidden body.

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Russell Smith Replied to Shane Coleman 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you if I am to be 100% honest I got the idea from looking at some of your wildlife photos from this past winter. I have started playing with trying to get something in the foreground that is out of focus to see how much is too much and dial in a style that works for me on that part of the photo. Also because I have shot these guys so much I am trying to find creative ways to shoot them too.

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Jay Boggess 3 months, 2 weeks ago

WOW! These are National Geographic quality pics! Nice work!

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Russell Smith Replied to Jay Boggess 3 months, 2 weeks ago

THank you :)

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