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| p.1 #1 · Who's watching whom?(Ed...this one's not for you!) |
So we followed a leopard for over 2 hours until it climbs up a tree only to eventually lay down and go to sleep. But as we were watching it our guide asks how we feel about snakes. Now I did not think was an existential question and I had a feeling he was just putting out a feeler. My wife says, "not so much" but I am thinking, whoa, a Rock Python, Black Mamba, Cobra something slithery and deadly is nearby and I am going to get great shots or die trying...come on, I've seen Austin Stevens go face to fang with some pretty ornery serpents.
So after convincing the guide I was ok with them and I ask why do you ask...he says, well there's one right in front and looking right at us! Alright, its not a mamba, its not even venomous; its not a python, its not even a constrictor...but it is a snake a very pretty 2 1/2' one at that was on the tree slightly above eye level just about 6 feet away waiting for a lizard or frog or something to come along. I don't remember the ID of the snake but its method of dispatching prey is just to lunge out and catch it in its mouth and swallow it. I had hoped to catch a quick tongue flick but for the 15 minutes it "hung" around not so much as a nibble of the air.
I had my 300mm lens on the 1Dx and had to back up to minimum focus distance to get a clear head shot.
1 Lounging Leopard---the diversion