Sometimes when I think about composing a shot, I lose track of my surroundings...this time I was so focused on the light and color of these leaves at the edge of the lake that I wasn't really watching where I was going and nearly stepped on a rather large water snake.
Luckily for me, it was enjoying the sunny afternoon so much that it didn't even react when my foot landed right near its tail. I wasn't sure what kind of snake it was at first, so I backed away and decided I'd watch it for a minute before testing my luck with photos. Since it didn't seem to mind my presence, I switched lenses and managed to get a few close-up shots before it turned around and started to look a little suspicious of me.
And here is a follow-up snake sighting.
I believe this one is a water moccasin, and it gave me the creeps, big time. While I was taking these photos, it was slithering its tail slowly even though the rest of its body was coiled around its head, kind of like it was saying "don't eff with me." But don't worry, Andi, I was standing on a completely different part of the dock to take the photos, and I was so nervous I took less than 10 pictures total. :) This snake will not be getting a FB friend request from me...