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Yvonne

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Dang Yvonne! You're finding all the snakies!!!!
it's so weird!!! All these years I was here in Utah I never saw a snake at all. Not a single rattlesnake, never. And I hiked a lot before I moved to Hawai'i and after that.
But this year I see a rattler at least once a week. I'm not sure what happened but they are not scared of me anymore.
 

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That’s a male Red-Bellied Woodpecker, super active now. Awesome property you have!
Thanks for that! We have all kinds of woodpeckers here -- there is always some sort of head banging sound heard in the distance. A real treat is getting to see a Pileated Woodpecker but they are rather shy and fly off as soon as they notice you notice them.

More amateur backyard photography today. When heading out to work yesterday morning I noticed something in the boxwood just off the porch. Can you see it? Hint, its brown. ;)

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I am the type of person that has an instinctual fear of snakes -- at least when I do not know they are there. I've been known to jump in the air and make unusual noises when one startles me. Once I'm aware of their presence I'm ok with them, so I moved in for a closer look. (All the while I was thinking it was going to shoot out of the shrub and latch onto my nose).
You can't hide from me!

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When I returned from the office a couple hours later the Garter Snake had emerged and was warming itself in the sun. Note the ant on his/her back. The snake never twitched a muscle with that ant there.

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Even when it crawled up onto his head.

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I have always wanted to try and catch a snake tongue shot so I upped the film speed and waited for just the right moment. . . got it!

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The adventures continued today as I was starting to get some planters filled. I reached down for some pots and quickly did that jumping/sound making thing I described earlier. An Eastern Milk Snake found the pots a nice place to hide behind.

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Closer view.

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The only issue I have is that the snakes have moved on now. I just know they are waiting to scare me again. :p
 

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Curious Chuckwalla

I went on a short hike today and for some reason, I thought I should bring my long lens with me. At one point, I scared a chuckwalla away. That's what I usually do when I hike - I scare wildlife off and away.
Well, I knew that chuckwallas are very curious and never hide in a crevice for long. So I dropped my gear, sat a few feet away from the crevice, and waited without moving or making noise. Sure enough, the chuckwalla came back out after a few minutes and checked if all was clear. I took a few images while it was checking the air and I then slowly retreated. The chuckwalla never noticed that I was there again, lol.
Mission accomplished, I got my images and kept hiking.


 

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