Saturday, November 7, 2009

Camera Critters # 83 - Snakes


I was walking past the garden the other day and the pepper plants had a guest. It was the Common Garter Snakes. They are referred to as Gardener Snakes because of the time they spend in the garden. This was actually two snakes curled together for warmth high in the plant to get the sun.
I don't like snakes that well but a chance for a photo overcomes my fears.
You can see the way the two are weaved together.
So my final shot is a close up of that reptilian eye and skin.
I do hope you enjoyed a close look at the gardener's friend. They eat bugs and other pests in the garden. I hope they are not there at harvest time.

31 comments:

info said...

Nice! I have been trying to get a good snake photo since I started my nature blog. Still don't have one.

Great job Tom and I will add very brave of you. Even though he is quite harmless!

Craig

imac said...

What beauties Tom, love the close up too.

eileeninmd said...

Great captures of the garter snakes. I have seen one but never two together. I am glad that are at your place and not mine.
Great photos for camera critters.

i beati said...

love the header loooking like my back yard sandy

Wren said...

I've found that my feelings about some types of animals have changed as I photographed them. Snakes included.

I'm used to seeing garter snakes that are bri.ht green. Methinks I need to do some reading about the different types.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

I know that snakes can be so useful --in getting rid of some of our garden pests. BUT--I am still scared of them.. Don't know why--but I am!!!!

Neat picture.
Betsy

Grace Olsson said...

hello...do u know taht I did not take a shot of the a snake?I feel interesting your shot....
congrats
have a nice weekdnd
http://graceolsson.se/mittliv/2009/11/07/a-romanian-man-at-flowers-from-today/

Sandi McBride said...

Okay, on the one hand I don't like snakes...on the other hand I still don't like snakes...but I do make an exception for the Garter snake...this is one that does not sent me screaming through the woods like my feet were on fire. I happen to love them. Don't ask me why. I began trying to catch and hold them when I was about 2 years old, or so the Mama stories said...must be a genetic flaw...love the pictures.
Sandi

Twisted Fencepost said...

This is one creepy post!
The only thing I dislike more than cows.....is SNAKES!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

The last picture really shows the facial features well.Hope they find a safe place for winter.
Blessings,Ruth

Gaelyn said...

What a great sighting Tom, are you sure they weren't just snuggling?

SandyCarlson said...

Sleek and sly! What a guy!

storyteller at Small Reflections said...

I know snakes can be helpful in gardens and you've captured some great shots ;-)
Hugs and blessings,

George said...

While I appreciate your wonderful pictures of your camera critters, I wouldn't mind at all if you kept them up there.

Rhea said...

Great photos! I love that they were twined together and those green leaves set off their color nicely.

Oskar said...

Great shots of that creepy snake.

Jenn Jilks said...

They are beautiful! We don't get many water snakes any more. It is a shame. Ou neighbour used to kill them. They do such good - balance of nature and cycle of life.

Carletta said...

Hi, nice shots, I'm leaving quickly..... :)

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

I know they are good for the garden but I still don't like them! Great shots.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Looks like they are mating Tom. What a lovely snake. I am glad you took pictures for us.

Jo Castillo said...

Interesting, interesting. Good photos. Bet they made you jump when you saw them!

eden said...

great entry for CC. wonderful captured..

Pietro said...

Tom, snakes are not... my favourite animals ;-) , but your pictures are so beautiful!
Now I take to my heels!!!

Jama said...

I just crossed path with a garden snake in a public park this afternoon. My younger son said it's just a harmless little snake and he wanted to catch it but I told him to leave it alone. Of course I did managed to captured it in photos.

Darla said...

Good Grief! I saw the word in your title and still had to come look!

Sreddy Yen said...

I don't like snakes at all, but it's a lovely capture - especially the last photo. S-s-s-scary~! (LOL)

JOE TODD said...

I'm not a big friend of snakes but those are great photos. Did you get any golf or fishing in this weekend?

wenn said...

wow..u managed to get those pictures..

Tipper said...

Such clear photos of the snake-really nice.

Carolyn Ford said...

Wow! Snakes in the garden! What beautiful captures you got too...very nice post!

Mary said...

Nice snake shots! Love that last one with the head peeking up.