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 By: Steve Rosenbach  
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Photographer Steve Rosenbach  Steve Rosenbach {Karma:8338}
Project #52 Patterns in Nature Camera Model Canon 300D
Categories Macro
Film Format
Portfolio Lens Canon EF-S 18-55mm
Uploaded 11/6/2005 Film / Memory Type Digital 6MB ISO 400
    ISO / Film Speed 0
Views 627 Shutter 1/250
Favorites Aperture f/8.0
Critiques 7 Rating
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Location City -  Arnold
Country - United States   United States
About This exotic-looking backyard visitor showed up in our ordinary suburban Maryland housing development a few weekends ago.

It's fancy-schmantzy name is Opheodrys aestivus aestivus, otherwise known as Rough Green Snake. It doesn't feel rough at all, but it gets that name from its keeled scales, which distinguish it from a different species, the Smooth Green Snake. In any event, it's a goregous creature.

These arborial snakes are native to the eastern part of the United States, ranging from Connecticut to Florida, the Gulf States, and the Mississippi Valley to Kansas, Illinois and Ohio.

Because of their coloring, you rarely see them, so this one was a real treat. Our next-door neighbor's kids found it, and knowing I like these kind of things, gleefully brought it over for me to see. We put the snake on this fallen tree branch, and while one of the kids held the branch, I snapped away.

This one was about 20 inches long and about as thick as one of my fingers - that's about average. These are pleasant snakes - well-tempered and not prone to biting or other unpleasant behavior - and oh yes, not poisonous!
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There are 7 Comments in 1 Pages
Berkin Unan   {K:34} 12/22/2005
amazing lighting indeed
wonderful DOF and great colors too...
keep up the good work Steve.



Kamran Bakhtiari Kamran Bakhtiari   {K:23985} 11/9/2005
this is great capture indeed,very well done my friend.useful about.


Erik Neldner Erik Neldner   {K:10846} 11/8/2005
well captured. great colors.


Paul Lara Paul Lara   {K:88111} 11/6/2005
Great colors and sharp focus really emphasize the dramatic lighting, Steve.

...and thanks for showing some neighbor kids that snakes don't deserve to be killed 'just because'.

Too many ignorant folks in my neck of the woods like to lump snakes into two errant categories: water mosskins (sic) and rattlesnakes. If they see it anywhere near water, it belongs to the first category, therefore dangerous, therefore a justified killing. If there's no water anywhere, and it has any sort of symmetrical markings (like you find on corn snakes) then it's clearly a rattlesnake, and... :(

I've been fascinated with snakes all my life, and this is a great shot!


Ann Nida Ann Nida   {K:45248} 11/6/2005
WOW...fantastic detail and lighting in this image. Very impressive indeed. I diligently read your "about" patiently waiting to see if the snake was poisonous and I was so glad at the end when you remembered to tell us it wasn't poisonous. Very relieved to hear that. This is a very poerful image and exudes a great moody feeling. Wonderful! Cheers - Ann :)


Soroosh Ghaffarian Soroosh Ghaffarian   {K:515} 11/6/2005
great shot.color is wonderful .
light is very good .
excellent .
best regards .


Rashed Abdulla Rashed Abdulla   {K:163889} 11/6/2005
wonderful capture,great details and beautiful colors,very best regards.




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