My lovely neighbor and even lovelier friend Tara Schlotzhauer, came a knocking at my backdoor late this evening. Her boyfriend and avid snake lover Casey Blystone had captured a wild rat snake at Pertile Springs here in Warrensburg and they were about to release it. She thought it was a good photographic opportunity and invited me to take part in the release. I got some really interesting images. For a wild snake this little one posed well and behaved almost as if it was natural for a human to be handling it. Casey and Tara both seemed impressed… in fact I think Casey now has an inkling to get a rat snake of his own. 🙂
Tara is an awesome snake photographer and she actually has a blog in which she discusses her personal snakes–you should really check it out there is some amazing stuff! To redirect yourself to The Serpentine Nest simply click here. Tara also has a photography blog you can visit by clicking here.
I hope you enjoy the images!!
these are great pics Char but please, never take pictures of snakes again. Thank you very much, your friend who is officially creeped out 😉
Sorry Katie!! I knew some people would probably thing they were gross and scary. I can’t guarantee that I won’t take more snake pictures. But what I can do for you is undeniably say that there will NEVER be any spider pictures posted here. 🙂
My favorite is the photo of the rat snake lying against the human arm. It has a lot of symbolic messages. The crisp detail of the arm hairs and snake scales brought out a nice theme of the contrast between reptile and mammal. The juxtaposition of snake and human male limb subliminally illustrated the Jungian association of snakes with the human penis.
I liked the B&W photos very much, especially the first one and the final one (snake curved on hand).
The first photo, in which we are eye to eye with the snake was nicely dramatic.
The others had too much blur, for my taste.
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