|Here's Spit in Your Eye!
© 1999 John A. Lind
- Olympus OM-4
- 35~105mm f/3.5~4.5 Zuiko Zoom
- Kodak Elitechrome 400
- 105mm in Close Focus; exposure data not recorded
- Hobson's Bluffdale, Eldred, Illinois, June 1999
- This is one of a series of "grab" shots. Just after photographing the horse blankets I was walking by a thicket of bushes and noticed this snake on one of the branches. Turned the close-focus ring on the lens and zoomed it out to 105mm. Had to push some leaves and branches out of the way of the lens. Since it was hand-held, keeping steady and in focus with a very shallow depth of field under these circumstances was difficult. This was the sixth and last shot. The snake was *not* happy at being disturbed waiting for a frog to hop by, hence its posture here. Notice that it is staring straight at me and has "S'ed" its body. Contrary to popular belief that a snakes coil before striking, this is the more common posture. Coiling is also done, but takes longer. Snakes cannot strike easily if completely stretched out. It made a half-hearted lunge at the lens between the shot taken before this and this one. After this shot I called it quits and left it alone to wait for its frog-leg dinner.