2 Sept Labor Day Walk....

by Russell Smith September. 02, 2019 218 views

***Snake Warning- A few images of a snake are in this post***

Evacuations are just south of us and well for us it is to be determined if we stay or go. Rather than sit and ponder what Dorian is going to do or wait until my wife go the word to prep her office for the storm I decided a stroll at the park is necessary. One it would give me a bit of insight into what the critters are thinking about this storms tract and two I have not been in what felt like ages. I am going to break this up into several parts so this will be part one. I think I will start with the reptiles and what not .

The reflection of the turtle is what grabbed my eye with this shot. Next up is well a small Alligator sunning itself on the log.

This guy is less than two feet long.

This guy is less than two feet long.

I wanted to get a bit more closer to eye level with it so I laid down on the boardwalk and took a few shots.

This was the one that I like the best from the series. I am debating with myself on removing the grass in post processing. On one hand for the artistic value I want to but on the other I want to stay true to the scene. For now truth in the scene wins out.

While walking down the boardwalk I muttered out loud that I had not seen a snake lately. Well the gods heard my muttering.

Banded Watersnake approaching a shedding (cloudy scales over the eye is my clue)

Banded Watersnake approaching a shedding (cloudy scales over the eye is my clue)

These guys are non venomous and unless you are a frog,fish or rodent your safe from it.

It was pretty chill and just kept an eye on me. Unfortunately the cloud cover was thick and it was dark as all get out in the forest so my ISO was much higher than I would have liked.

I did try to get a bit lower to get a better perspective on it but the water was up just a tad bit and I did not want to stand or more likely sit in the water to get the image.

Green Anole was on a sign post and it was watching me intently so I grabbed a few shots before moving on.

A Great Egret caught my attention as it glided down the waterway. This was the first of a few wading birds that I saw today. The others will come in part 2.

After a trip into town to help my wife prep her office for the potential storm we came back. All I can say is today is not the day to speed or drive like an idiot. I think they have every cop working and on the road today. Hopefully the storm will stay far enough off shore that we just get a breeze but unfortunately we will not have a clear picture of the tract for at least 24 hours.

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Buster Bruce 3 months, 1 week ago

I liked #4 just because I like to see snakes in their full glory- I dont trust them to do what is expected (not bite). This is a beautiful series Russell. We've been on edge with Dorian ourselves so not much posting going on for me.

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Russell Smith Replied to Buster Bruce 3 months, 1 week ago

As long as they are non venomous I tend to not worry about them but I will show them the proper respect. I do want to work with a herpetologist and get some better images of them because to me they can be beyond stunning. The Herpetologist is more so I learn how to not harm them . As for now if I shoot a snake it is 100% natural in its environment without me changing the scene.

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Buster Bruce Replied to Russell Smith 3 months, 1 week ago

+1

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Heike 3 months, 1 week ago

Great shots. The grass in #3 don't disturb me it's so much part of the photo, I wouldn't even recognize it without your mentioning.
#7 is my fav, love the colors and the clarity of it.

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Russell Smith Replied to Heike 3 months, 1 week ago

The green/yellow with hint of purple is what caught my eye. It was a neat find.

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Antonio Gil 3 months, 1 week ago

#3- Grass gives it a more true feeling
Great work with the snake too.
Love these pictures Russel.
Hope you'll be safe my friend

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Russell Smith Replied to Antonio Gil 3 months, 1 week ago

Thank you.

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Björn Roose 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Some nice shots there again, Russell smile

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Berckmans Peter 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Nice photos. Keep safe my friend. Take care of the family

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Russell Smith Replied to Berckmans Peter 3 months, 1 week ago

Thank you hopefully this monster will stay in the ocean and miss South Carolina .

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Sherry Hill 3 months, 2 weeks ago

that is a really nice alligator shot in #2.. beautiful creature.. and just today i asked the fella if he's seen any snakes this year.. i sadly haven't seen a one.. 
hope Dorian mellows when it comes your way..

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Russell Smith Replied to Sherry Hill 3 months, 2 weeks ago

This spring I was seeing quite a few water snakes and one or two water moccasins or cotton mouths all of August I did not seen any even at the lake so it struck me as odd but I honestly think Aug heat was too brutal for them to be out and about during the day.

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Camellia Staab 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Some very good photo Russell! I really like the alligator one and part of me says maybe the grass should go only because the alligator and the tree trunk have so much in common and the grass is taking away from the two. The green Anole is perfect for so many reasons. The sharpness of the capture the purple stains on the board matching up to the purple bokeh of the background, all in all a perfect catch. 
While I am for obvious reasons not going to be affected by Dorian, my daughter is sitting right in his path so I can somewhat relate with you  and your wife as to trying to figure out what this guy is going to do. Hopefully, not much in your area.

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Russell Smith Replied to Camellia Staab 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Hopefully your daughters area will be spared. I think (as of right now) we will be spared the brunt of it this far inland. My concerns are with those in Charleston (about 30 miles south of us) because of costal flooding due to king tides right now plus whatever water is shoved up by the storm. I  may do a revision of the alligator with no grass and see.

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Trinicia Perch 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Great shots.  I love the close up of the alligator too!  Hoping the store by passes you. Stay safe.

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Russell Smith Replied to Trinicia Perch 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you . It was the first time I have watched a wild alligator and seen it close its eyes and fall asleep most of the time they will keep a watch on what you are doing.

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