|Southern Pacific Rattlesnake|
|the whole rattlesnake|
Major excitement, celebration, and I got some great photos, too.
I walk for weight maintenance, almost most everyday at lunch. Luckily, I was looking ahead on the trail when I spotted this beautiful, yet somewhat scary looking snake.
I was able to back up and warn my walking partner quickly. As I was backing up, dust blew in the air, and I could see that this was indeed a Southern Pacific rattlesnake (poisonous). I was able to get a safe distance away from the snake and take a few photos with my zoom lens. The rattlesnake was about 2 feet long.
As I was photographing the rattlesnake, my walking buddy warned me of a second snake. Holy Smokes! About 10 feet away, there was a 4 foot gopher snake (not poisonous) even further out on the trail. I was able to safely scoot around the snake on the trail and get even more photos.
|Gopher Snake close up|
|Two snakes, ten feet apart, gopher snake in the foreground|
1. Walking at lunch time helps me maintain my weight
2. Keeping a sharp eye out for shape, movement, and color kept me from stepping on this snake
3. Walking with a buddy keeps me a little safer.
4. Keeping cool and calm helped in assessing the situation and staying safe, and getting these awesome photos. Safety first!
What does not work:
1. Not walking enough, I'll gain some weight back.
2. Not paying attention to surroundings.
3. Walking by myself is not as safe.
4. Loosing your cool and getting into more trail trouble.
We did a little bit of excited screaming (like school girls!) at a twig that looked like a third snake further down the trail. I hope I don't loose my walking buddy! What a day to remember. Awesome, scary, fun! Wow. Totally Southern California style celebration of Earth Day 2013. Love it.