Western Rattlesnake - near Clark Canyon Reservoir

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Comments (3)

Bruce MacIver on February 25, 2007

You have some of the best wildlife photos I have seen on panoramio.

Arturo García on August 4, 2007

Hello Eve:

First I want to be grateful for your husband and you to help me to know Yellowstone's Park, if at some time I have the opportunity to travel up to your country, I have desires but with that it is not enough.

On the other hand I want to be grateful for your wise explanations on all the doubts that me arise contemplating your always beautiful images. In the previous case, they were looking to me deposits of salts but I rejected them for not being an arid zone, but I did not think about the silica most difficult to eliminate though the accumulation is very scanty, possibly it will dissolve in the rains time.

In this occasion only it moves me the admiration for the formidable photos of wild life that you have, I have detained in this one because beside demonstrating an incredible skill, you are a very brave woman facing this terrible rattler. I suppose that you would use a powerful telephoto lens and would place to a considerable distance. Look after yourself that I do not want to have to greet your widower instead of to your husband.

Regards for both (your husband not the snake), Arturo.

walkaboutwest on August 5, 2007

Dear Arturo, I have enjoyed reading your comments about Yellowstone and this snake. I want to speak in defense of this snake. He kindly coiled up and rattled to warn me so I would not step on him, as I very nearly did when I came running down the hill near the place where he was resting. Since he warned me, I was able to jump over him and avoid an unpleasant incident. This was a reminder to watch for him (and his brothers) more carefully, but that day I was in a hurry. It was a lesson to slow down, and be more observant.

Rattlesnakes in southwestern Montana are quite common. They are nice snakes. They are indeed poisonous, but their bites are almost never fatal for a healthy person, and they never pursue. Many people kill these snakes whenever they see them, but left alone, the snakes harm no one, and do much good by reducing surplus rodent populations. Therefore, I would never kill one. I was about 2 meters away when I took this photo with my old digital camera, a Fuji Finepix F440 with a 4x zoom.

Thank you again for your friendly interest. Best regards, Eve.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on January 31, 2007
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by walkaboutwest
    • Camera: FUJIFILM FinePix F440
    • Taken on 2006/06/29 07:32:16
    • Exposure: 0.008s (1/120)
    • Focal Length: 21.60mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.500
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash