Be very calm…….. and don't move.

November 14, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

Diamondback RattlesnakeDiamondback RattlesnakeCloseup of a Juvenile Diamondback Rattlesnake

While hiking in the mountains above Los Angeles taking shots of wild flowers with my macro lens I noticed a baby Diamondback Rattlesnake coiled up near some rocks.  I was traveling light and only had the one macro lens (60mm f/ 2.8) which was useless at the distance I was from the snake.  So I inched forward to the point of about 6 feet away from the snake.  He wasnt moving so I figured what the hell, I crouched down then laid down in the dirt.  Stretched out now, my camera was about three feet from the 12 inch rattlesnake.  He was still not moving.  I must have shot a few hundred photos hoping to get this little guy in focus, no luck.  So I inched forward about six inches more and my “pucker factor” kicked in, so I stopped and tried again.  Still no luck.  With my camera resting on the dirt I just laid there, low and behold the snake started to move. TOWARDS THE LENS….  I froze, with my finger on the shutter release.  The little rattlesnake calmly posed a few inches from my lens.
 


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