First off, I’m freaked out by spiders and I imagine them scurrying up my arms . . . but, I think their webs are interesting. And when I see a snake my heart beats so fast, my adrenaline kicks into high gear, and I’m outa’ there.
I feel so alive in those moments.
And even though I imagine snakes slithering up my leg and eating me alive, I am completely fascinated by these age old beguilers.
I noticed this spider web glistening in the morning sunlight. The wind was really strong, so I used a faster shutter speed than metered, which resulted in a pretty dark picture.
I used auto correct for this picture and I thought the background lost too much of the darkness that allowed the spider to pop. Also, The highlights and the green at the top were a little brighter than I liked.
So, I tried again doing the work manually. I brightened up the exposure slightly around the edges which resulted in a more balanced contrast between the light and the dark. The differences between these pictures are small, but I wanted to include both.
I really like how the lens flares and the rainbow colors turned out.
Later in the afternoon, my dog Sunny was barking wildly. I checked it out but I didn’t see anything. When we got back from our walk she went right back to the same spot and that’s when I saw it.
The snake looked more brown when I was running away from it.
He’s actually blue with a yellow belly. How cool is that? I can’t tell what kind it is though. I’ve narrowed it down to three possibilities:
- Blue Indigo
- Yellow Bellied Blue Racer
- Yellow Bellied Water Snake
If anyone can identify this snake, I’m all ears.
Fight or Flight . . . Flight!
Even though she’s an amazing snake killer, I got Sunny in the house and I went back outside to try and get a picture. I like to think me and snakes have come to terms with each other. Because this one let me take his picture and then he was gone.
I love that I got the opportunity to photograph and to experience the snake, without being in any danger. What’s cool about this picture is the tree limb right in front of the snake mimics the bend in his body. They’re amazing at camouflage.
I wonder if I was staring right at him before when I checked, but he was hiding . . .