Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Waiting to Strike


This venomous Mohave Rattlesnake is waiting to strike!

This month's theme is Waiting. I though this photo was perfect for a Southwest perspective on theme day.

This Mohave rattler was holding position with no movement and I was able to capture this phenomenal close up.

You can see this rattler's eye and eye lid in the first photo. The details of the front of this snake are amazing.

The second photo shows the snake further back. I used a 300 lens to capture the details and was very lucky the snake held still and was in a good location for me to capture this image.

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Check out the other City Daily Photo photos regarding the theme of Waiting. Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

47 comments:

Gunn White said...

I like your shots for the theme day.
BRAVO! :-)

Lachezar said...

I've never seen one of those up close. Beautiful creature, quite scary though...

bitingmidge said...

Better you than me I think, well shot!

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Kate said...

WAITING for this handsome fella to strike is not my idea of fun! It's also a very sober sight for early in the morning; I think I'll go back to bed!

Mirela said...

Fantastic shot! :-O Do I want to know how you got this close up shot of an extremly venomous snake? Do you have a seriously mean telephoto lens? :-)

Vogon Poet said...

That's not a nice view, I mean in real life... An impressive image absolutely perfect for this theme day.

Jim K said...

cool picture. i do get creeped out by snakes but that first one is very detailed.

magiceye said...

wow! brilliant take on the theme!
superb captures!

Jilly said...

Brilliant Julie. Only in Costa Rica and only you. What a shot and interpretation for theme day. Bravo.

Sharon said...

Very scary!! You are a brave one.

brattcat said...

I want to know if the snake DID strike after you took these photos. And if it did...who took the hit! This is a totally unique and creative spin on 'waiting'. I suspect no one else will post anything like it!

Thérèse said...

No better view but... to think about it makes me shiver.

Leif Hagen said...

YIKES! Yuck! Snakes give me the creeps! Great WAITING theme day photo! Hope you didn't get struck! Back away slowly . . .

B SQUARED said...

Boy, talk about shoot and run.

Zannnie said...

great shot!! thanks for popping by singaporedailyphoto.com! :)

have a wonderful theme day! :)

Zannnie & Zsolt

Halcyon said...

Creepy! Hope he wasn't waiting for you. :)

Olivier said...

la première photo fait peur, on a l'impression qu'il va nous hypnotiser avant de nous attaquer, superbe photo

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

I don't think I'd wait around to photograph this!

Small City Scenes said...

Yipes!! I am glad you had a good zoom for these shots.

I live right by the Pilchuck glass School Chihuly started back in the 70s. It is a very unique place. Love you glasswork shots. MB

Tanya said...

Great shots and yes, perfect for your location! I am scared of snakes, yet fascinated by them at the same time!

Lois said...

Yikes! I would never have been able to compose myself long enough to take a picture like that. Nice shot Julie!

TheHandAnswered said...

unique take on the theme
:)

Prospero said...

Sensational, Julie.

Jacob said...

I was glad to see that you had a nice long lens to take these photos! Yikes! That's a scary creature.

The first photo is stunning - and you're right, the detail is amazing. I don't think I've ever had the opportunity to see a rattler up close!

Very nice, Julie!

Jarart said...

300mm? Hmmmmm....maybe I would try it with a 600mm. That face is awesome. Great post for the theme.

Bergson said...

great shot for this theme day

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In Three Rivers, Michigan said...

AAAHHHH! WAY too close!!

A great twist on the waiting theme.
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cieldequimper said...

It's perfect. But ummm, sorry, I didn't really look that close, I'm scared stiff of snakes. Give me scorpions and spiders any day!

Gaelyn said...

It's a great capture. But I don't know if you're brave or stupid. LOL

Steffe said...

Bravo!

And a bit scary!

marley said...

Scary!

I'm not waiting for him to strike. I'm off!

Mo said...

Wow, You get the award for the bravest photographer. Not sure I'd have been anywhere near this creature

Ham said...

I do hope you had a looooong telephoto! Great image, though.

Angela said...

Well isn't that a perfectly daunting shot!! Yikes. :)

ρομπερτ said...

That face kept me awake at the middle of the night. Luckily small Stefan is asleep, but for how long, as one never knows what goes on inside.
A wonderful Wednesday for you all.

Rob said...

Sure is a handsome portrait!

Paula said...

Around here rattlers don't grow very long but they are enormously huge in every other way. I love the first photo.

glenda said...

Very scary! Very creative for waiting.

arabesque said...

up close but scary shot! i can almost see it looking right at me! ^0^

Buck said...

Gorgeous! A very fine realisation of the theme.

Don and Krise said...

Absolutely perfect Julie. And only a 300mm huh?

Ursel said...

Awesome picture!!! Best picture of a rattle snake I've ever seen. Hope the snake wasn't waiting for you to move ;)

Kaori said...

Oh! This gives me the goosebumps! I hope this was a rare encounter. But a great Waiting photo :D

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Carraol said...

Impressive pictures of this dangerous and patient friend. Washington is an inspirational place, your images of the city are superb!

susieofarabia said...

Wow! Awesome close-up shot!!! But weren't you scared being that close?

JM said...

What a brilliant close-up shot, Julie!

Sorry to hear about the knee surgery... I really hope you are recovering and wish you all the best.

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