Today's post will focus on the Eastern Rat Snake or Yellow Rat Snake as it is known in the Low Country of SC. All of these shots are also In Situ (as it sits or as I found the snake with no posing or adjustments to the scene).
I was watching a Yellow Bellied Sapsucker and almost stepped on this fella. It scurried into the near by brush off the board walk and I muttered and then sat down to see what it would do and if I could get any decent shots. I used a combo of the 100mm macro and the 150-600 (the two lenses I had that day).
It decided that I was not a threat and came back towards the boardwalk to do what it was doing before. I found that if I moved slowly and in a steady motion this guy would ignore me.
I decided to swap over to the macro lens and get a bit closer as these guys are non venomous and can be really chilled out.
This guy was also super curious and decided to check out the camera's lens so I was able to get this shot. It is very much a macro shot as it was at minimum focus distance.
After this shot this guy decided to go on its merry way to do what it was doing.
A few days later a movement on the boardwalk (different location) caught my eye. I am 80% confident that this was the same snake as a few days prior.
Ok now that I have the "safety" shots out of the way swap over to the macro lens and see if I can get closer.
Ok not too skittish as long as I move slower and steady.
Hmmm I wonder if I can get some textures out of this guy.
The above shot is not cropped and is a macro shot of the scales of the sake. It was a challenge to get this guy with macro in part due to the DoF and it was moving so I decided to think for a moment. If it is moving I can use the plane of focus to my advantage. I did not startle this guy until it went to crawl down my boot and I moved its head/neck to prevent it from doing that. Talk about two amazing encounters and experiences.
Off to start some rolls for dinner and take a walk while I impatiently wait for FedEx to deliver what will be used as an extention to the counters in the kitchen. I will catch up on the recent blog posts later day.