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A Bush Snake for Bayram

A Bush Snake for Bayram
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Copyright: Anna Eksteen (Miss_Piggy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2285 W: 5 N: 5300] (18714)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-07
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC H9, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/4, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): annick vanderschelden's favourites, Bayram's Favorites-1, Dedications at Trek Nature part Four, Dedications to Bayram, Loot's Favourites 1, Dedications I have made, Animals from my garden [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-13 6:55
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Spotted Bush Snake / Philothamnus semivariegatus

Today's posting I would like to dedicate to Bayram Gocmen (boreocypriences). In the short time that I have been part of Trek Nature, I have learn to know him as a noble and humble gentleman who has an extreme passion for his work, and that he takes pride in what he does. I have also come to learn that he has a great love for his sisters Jane and Yasemin and his mother, of which he speaks often in his notes.

His gallery is mostly filled with the most interesting and fascinating reptiles, some of which I never even knew existed. If I had to compare my Bush Snake to some of the exotic or scarce snakes he has in gallery, it would be like comparing a "Rolls Royce" to a "bicycle". There is just no comparison, and although not uncommon to our region this might just be my first and only snake capturing opportunity I'll ever have. So this one is for your Bayram.

It has become part of a routine especially over weekends to take a stroll through the garden with the camera looking for something to photograph. I find it extremely interesting to see on which plants, specific insects prefer to sit and which plants never attracts insects at all. My eyes and nose is always between the leaves looking for the possible hiding places for the great variety of insects we have in our garden.

On Saturday Loot left to the Thulasihleka Pan, a great spot for photographing Pelicans, Lesser Jacana's, Kingfishers and other waterfowl.

After a downpour of rain, I thought I might get some nice shots of some leaves or maybe a flower with some water droplets and took my stroll around the garden. Everything was really beautiful and cleanly washed after the rains and I just wanted to stick my nose in everything and even deeper to see if I could see something special to photograph. Just as I stuck my nose in to explore, the snake pushed his face out of the plant from where it was lying. My oh my, what a delightful moment I encountered. I must be honest a frightening moment as well for a few seconds, as I never expected to come face to face with a snake on one of my walks in the yard.

This was really such an exciting but at the same time nervous moment. I wanted to get even closer, but because I do not have knowledge about snakes I was not sure if this one is going to spit of bite me. Its tongue was darting about all the time, so I did not want to take chances. The garden help did not really make it easier, because he just stood behind me and told me franticly that it was a green mamba.

It was only when Loot arrived home from his photography excursion, and upon downloading the photos he told me that it is a harmless and non-toxic Bush Snake. In my personal opinion I think this is such a gorgeous green snake, with beautiful yellow eyes, and lovely markings on its body.

I have talked so much about my adventure, one would think I was fighting an Anaconda in the Amazon, but to me it was a real exciting experience. I am only going to give a little general summary about this beauty. I have seen a few of this specific type of snake's photos on Trek Nature, thus if you need more information, you can just look it up by going back to some of the previous postings of other members.

General summary and interesting facts:
These snakes are active, diurnal hunters, and have great vision. When foraging for food they often undulate their necks from side to side in a serpentine fashion while keeping the body perfectly still, giving an appearance of foliage blowing in the wind.

Prey includes frogs, chameleons, geckos, nesting birds, fish and insects.

Individuals sleep in crevices in logs and trees or on the outer edges of branches high up in trees. They will drop to the ground if approached by predators. When cornered, they will inflate their throats to expose the brightly coloured interstitial skin and do not hesitate to bite.

These snakes do not pose a threat to humans, but are often needlessly killed in the mistaken belief that they are Boomslangs (Dispholidus typus) or Green Mambas (Dendroaspis angusticeps).

They are especially adapted for an arboreal existence. They have strongly keeled ventral scales that enable them to climb up the rough bark of trees. They are notorious for climbing up bricked walls and seeking shelter among the asbestos or tin roofs of outbuildings, where they search for geckos.

All species of Green Snake are egg layers and produce clutches of between 3-16 eggs. The hatchlings range in length from 150-300mm, depending on the species.

Taken from the book: A Guide to Reptiles of Southern Africa - Graham Alexander & Johan Marais. Published by Struik Publishers.

I hope you enjoy looking at this photo as much as I took pleasure in taking it.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-06-13 7:07]
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Hi Anna,
It's a very nice dedication for Bayram and it's
a beautiful photo! A great example of camouflage and how well wild animals can blend with their natural environment. Colors, details, pose you captured and composition is great. Very well done on this artistic shot
Have a great weekend,

Hi Anna
This is really cool looking green snake! Well composed shot with good details.
It is always nice with dedication :)

Wow, Anna, I am not sure how close you were to take the photo, but you were certainly brave.
A really nice photo showing the snake in its natural habitat. And those eyes!!!!!
Well done

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-13 7:19]
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Hi Anna,
Magnificent macro job.Well seen and composed.Snake looks like a part of leaf.Exposure,POV,framing and composition are wonderful.Wonderful dedication for Bayram.Have a great weekend!
Thanks for posting.

You are quite the writer as well as a fine photographer. I am humbled by your talents in word...and the image is a fine dedication to your friend and sometimes mentor.

Unusual snake and fits not only in colour but in the waves of patterns which the greenery makes so well.....overall fine composition..and quite thoughtful.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-13 8:34]
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Hi Anna/Neighbour

Great composition with vibrant colour and excellent detail. The eye contact is just great. As my garden backs onto a river we have grass snakes - but we very rarely see them - thankfully (even though they are completely harmless)!


Hello Anna,

what a wonderful camouflage shot,great details,superb composition and lovely colours.
very well done.

Hi Anna,
You have captured the snake and its habitat very well. The snake both camouflages and stands harmoniously along the direction of the edges of broad green leaves. TFS

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  • maurydv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3099 W: 115 N: 9490] (36428)
  • [2008-06-13 9:38]
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Stupenda immagine, eccellente composizione con queste bellissime foglie i cui bordi tracciano delle linee che accompagnano il movimento sinuoso del serpente, ottime nitidezza e definizione dei dettagli, magnifici i colori e la luminosità. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-13 9:48]
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Hi Anna,

This is an amazing shot that I am sure Bayram will adore. This snake is so perfectly cammouflaged by the leaves and still you captured him in perfect detail. The eye, the black specks, the shape are all superb. There is a 3D effect that makes him appear to be floating. An absolutely fantastic photo.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-06-13 10:22]

Hi, dear Anna.
What a fantastic subject and terrific quality of the image. Composition of the shot and framing of the scene are outstanding as well as the reproduction of all even tiny details of the impressive leaves and beautiful snake. Bravo and my congratulations. All is the best at your next masterpiece.
P.S. Many tanks for your sweet comments. It is very pleasant to read them after return from countryside or hard work.

Hello Anna,

Very good picture and dedication to our TN friend Bayram.
Nice diagonal shot with the different green colours.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-13 11:01]

Hello Anna,
A photo in excellent clear green colours. Perfect sharpness and details. Great POV and composition.

Hi Anna,

Thank you very much for this pleasant dedication for me, I really appreciate it since snakes are my 1st number favourite subject between the reptiles. Also thanks for your kind and warm words that you used for describe to me:). By the way, I have to state that I prefere to use a bycicle instead of a Rolls Royce because it does not use a pollutant for locomotion and also a good sport:P:). On the other hand, this is perfect shot of this snake species which I have not ever seen before my friend! The colour-pattern of this snake is excellently adapted to substrate structures for avoiding from the enemies or umbushing its prey:). wonderful camouflaged species indeed.
Thanks a lot once more your kind dedication to me Anna.

My best wishes & regards,


wonderful shot! beautiful colours, sharpness and composition.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-13 12:11]

Hi Anna. Firstly very good notesto go with a clear well detailed picture. I like the way you have captured the head of the snake. very good detail and natural colours. well done TFS.

Have a good weekend.

Hello Anna,
delighted to see your wonderful posting once again!
The lighting here is in perfection to achieve the best sharpness, good colouration and superb details on the green thing!
good colour contrast as well
many thanks for the sharing
from NZ, Tony

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  • yasemin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 379] (1578)
  • [2008-06-13 13:25]
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Hi Anna.Thanks to sharing this wonderfull picture and dedicated for my brother...Your all picture amazing but this one special for my brother and me.Because he is specialist of snake..Your picture is colurfull, good of camouflage, detail and composition perfect... Well done you catch very artistic photo of snake, which is I never seen before in my life...Have a good weekend and all the best....Leyla

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-13 15:30]
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What a lovely shot!
I love the green tones.
Crystal clear and very sharp.
Excellent composition too.
Great dedication to Bayram.

Well done, Anna,

Hello Anna,
Perfect capture of this beautiful and very well comouflaged snake species with splendid details. Also wonderful dedication our supervisor and also realy kind friend Profesor Bayram. TFS. Regards, Bahadır

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-06-13 17:15]

Hola Anna.
Beautiful Macro. Lovely green colors in the image. Very sharp so we can see fine details in the little snake.
I am sure Bayram will be happy for this excellent present, He really like and knows about reptiles.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-06-14 0:28]
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Hello Anna, wonderful capture of this well-camouflaged snake with excellent composition. Also worthy dedication to my supervisor Dr. Bayram. I am sure he loved this:). TFS.
Regards, Mehmet

Hello Anna,
first class image of hide and seek.
Excellent composition, as powerful as an explosion.
An exciting document of a breath taking encounter.
Thank you!
My best regards,

What an amazing photo. We do not have snakes here in New Zealand, so I would never have the luxury or fright of finding one in my garden. The colours are vibrant and beautiful. very sharp and clear. It really does show us the increable ability nature has to camoflauge itself. The photo has an interesting POV. Lucky you for seeing him and that he wasnt the posionious variety.


Hi Anna perfect capture of this beautiful snake species with excellent details and nice dedication to our esteemed supervisor. TFS. Regards,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-14 3:54]

Hello Anna,
Superb capture of this thin and beautiful Bush Snake. You must have been very observant to find it as the camouflage is brilliant. Excellent focus on the eye and sharp details of its pattern. A really great composition too in lovely green colours.
A very fine dedication to Bayram!
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-14 11:28]

Hello Anna,
A superb capture of a Spotted Bush-snake perfectly in harmony with the large green leaves of its hunting place. The technical quality of this inage is first class and the eye comtact with the snake superb ina great composition.
This is a joy to see and thanks for sharing it.
Your tribute to our friend Bayram is very apt.
Best wishes, Ivan

Hi Anna. Very good shot, wonderfull colour, amazing camouflage and perfect dedication for Dr Bayram....Best wishes..Merih

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-06-14 14:15]

Hi Anna

Lovely shot of the camouflaged Bush Snake.
Nicely composed and I like the pose you have capture with the snake moving diagonally from the bottom corner of the frame.
nice detail and I love the stunningly vivid greens.


Hello Anna,

Very beautiful composition. Excellent sharpness. In this universe of green the gold eye of the snake is striking.

Hello Anna,
This is very good, not only technically but artistically as well. Very good depth of field, everything in focus which in this kind of image I think is quite important. Lovely shades of green throughout and the composition is perfect. The lines coming from the bottom right and fanning out, the Snake obligingly doing the same. I like the lines in this so much I posted a workshop with any breaks in the 'flow' of the lines cloned out, simply out of curiosity rather than an attempt to improve this fine image.
Kind regards,

Hi Anna
Wonderful shot with lovely natural color tones and fine detail
Well seen
tfs jon

Anna, the thumbnail image gives no clue to the real theme. My God, I was stunned to see a green snake when I opened the large image (I'm mortally afraid of snakes!).
My fear notwithstanding, this is a powerful image of a snake camouflaged so well in the large green leaves.
The image is not only superb in terms of the subject it presents but is also a highly artistic creation.
Thanks for sharing this beauty and best regards

Hi Anna,
that's one hell of a cool shot, Anna. As you were told by now by many TN watchers, the DOV and composition as well as the posture of the snake are absolutely delightful. I say no more, but thanks for the detailed note too.
Best regards

Hi Anna, lovely dedication to our friend prof. Bayram, wonderful bright colors for this beautiful snake, great details and splendid sharpness, very well done, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Hi Anna,
I saw the thumbnail and could not see that snake, very well camouflaged this one.
Seems we both did a dedication the same day as you've said..
He's doubly famous now ;}
Very artful image, I would venture to say even those who are phobic of snakes will find this most attractive..You've played that proverbial snake charmin' flute very well :)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-06-15 15:29]

Hi Anna, you call this a most delightful moment!! But I was pleased to see that you did have a few frightening moments when you first saw it!!

The snake looks like it belongs there. These plants are so unique and attractive and this green snake is curved in perfectly with the shape of the giant leaves.

It is a real WOW image - well done


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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2008-06-15 18:54]

WOW! What a great example of camouflage in nature and aoutstanding control of exposure. The greens are beautiful. The focus is spot on with outstanding detail. Perfect composition.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-06-16 7:13]

What a fantastic capture, Anna!! How beautiful this little snake! I love that bright yellow eye.
Magnificent sharpness and a splendid lighting, colors and composition.
Thank you very much for sharing.
Best regards

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-06-16 7:20]

Hi Anna
That is a fantastic image.Very well compose with perfect POV and light.Excellent note to.
TFS Michel

This is a class picture, even though the BG and the subject is of the same color the exposure had made the snake stand out. I love thse eyes and the pattern on the body of this snake.

Indeed a lovely capture, Anna.I can't help but wonder, how did you manage to see it?I mean, it is so camoflaged due to its colour...
Very well done!

Hi Anna
You were VERY VERY brave!! Al hou hierdie slang nie gevaar in vir mense nie, is dit nog steeds iets wat meeste mense vinnig sal laat beweeg. Dit is voorwaar 'n baie mooi foto. Fantasties hie die kleure groen mekaar komplimenteer in hierdie foto. Mooi Anna

Hi Anna,

Sorry I missed this one what a wonderful image, the detail is just stunning, and that eye is amazing what a colour, beautifully framed and composed, absolute pleasure to look at, lovely work, all the best,

Cheers Rick :)

Hi Anna, a very impressive capture of this Spotted Bush Snake, even more so when I read your notes. I don't know snakes either so tend to avoid them if possible, so not knowing the species, I can just imagine how you were feeling as you took this shot. I like how you captured this one, with him climbing up the large leaf. He blends in so well, yet you have nicely isolated him. The colours are excellent as is the sharp detail throughout. Very excellent work.

Thanks, John

Hi Anna,
A lovely capture of this little green snake. Very well composed shot with sharp details. A nice dedication for Bayram. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Great shot. The different shades of green in the bg with the bright slender snakle in the foreground looks great. Sharply focussed. I am always fascinated by snakes, and other venomous creatures like spiders scorpions etc. Thanks for sharing.

Hello Anna,
Congrats. Definitely a wonderful snake image. The habitat colors are really matching or in snake terms it's a very effective camouflage.
First time I see an Anaconda here:-)

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-06-18 16:11]

Merhaba Anna,
Kesinlikle gözalıcı bir çalışma olmuş. Doğal renkler içinde bu yapraklara kusursuz bir kamuflaj yapan bu sevimli yılanı farkedip çekebilmek hiç kolay olmasa gerek. Çok beğendim. Elinize sağlık. Hüseyin.

Hi Anna ,
This is great and Magnificent macro.
excelent composition and good light.
A perfect shot.
Thanks for sharing
Kind regards


Thank you for such wonderful words you left under one of my pictures. It is always so nice to read a critique such as yours - thanks!
I think your picture and your dedication are wonderful. As I have mentioned before in other posts, Bayram deserves every bit of it - it is such a privilege to read his notes and watch his amazing pictures. I guess this is what makes TN such a great place.
Your shot fits this dedication very well. You've captured this snake in a great setting - the pose and location within the leaves makes for a very peaceful and enjoyable shot. This picture looks like its out of a nature magazine - fabulous work.
Again, thank you for your kind words and thanks for sharing this awesome shot.

Take Care,


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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-06-18 23:09]

Hi Anna!

During my holiday on the island of Krk (Croatia), after having left Slovenia, I also met a couple of snakes. One of them was the dangerous Horn-Viper (translated from German "Hornviper"). I tried to take some pictures of snakes and therefore know how difficult it is to get a good one. I'm impressed by the beauty of your picture! The colours - green on green - are superb and you made a great job concerning the composition and the lighting. Your picture is accompanied by very interesting notes and I'm particularly happy to read that you underline the fact that humans often needlessly kill them!

Kind regards


Hi Anna. I was thinking you were posting some leaves until I opened up the image. The green color of the snake blends so well with the blade of the leaves making it a good camouflage for such a tiny snake. Bayram is a big fan and he should be thrilled by this dedication. Super sharp image in excellent crop and the framing is pleasant for viewing. Another superb post complemented by useful and interesting notes as always. Thanks for sharing and best regards. Jusni

Hallo Miss Piggy
I think it is time that you change the wording on your intro page. The fellow members are going to think that you are a liar when reading your statement "I'm only a beginner and not much of a photographer at all. So far most of my photos were pure luck shots." Now did you not know that Pinnochio's nose grew very long when he told lies? Because if I look at this specific image and read what everybody else have to say about it, I think your nose will soon be out of reach. Ha-ha. Another wonderful photo in action. Well done!
You are very lucky to be able to capture shots like these. I think there are a number of fellow- members that envy you. Thank you for the interesting note as well. Information on the subject is always much appreciated and in this case information on your experience capturing this snake.
ps. Don't feel bad, and don't tell Loot because he will get big headed but he is still my number one!

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-06-19 14:58]


Hi Anna,
It´s a very nice and slim serpent, well camuflated in that intense green leaves environment. Composition is very good and harmonious, as well as illumination and colours

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-06-19 22:57]

Bel effet graphique et bonnes explications.
Bonne journée.

Impresionante composición y coloridos !!! Una foto estupenda medrecedora de distinciones. Gran dinamismo. Mucha observación y buen hacer por parte de la fotógrafa: Enhorabuena por tan gran trabajo:

Josep Ignasi Tejedor.

Hello Anna

Nee jong, van slange wil ek niks weet nie. Die goed maak my gril. Ek weet hulle is belangrik in die natuure en al daardie dinge, maar solank as hulle daar in die natuur hulle goeie dinge doen en nie hier by my huis waar my kinders en hondjies is. Gelukkig het ons nie veel probleme hier nie. Ons sien selde 'n slang en dan sal my man die ding maar net verwyder en iewers ver weg van die opstal los laat.

Jy was egter braaf om hierdie pragtige slangetjie af te neem en dit nogal so naby. Goed gedoen, maar ekke sou nie kon nie. Alles sou bewe.


Have always ENJOYED your notes; so detailed!!!
A great dedication to a GREAT man, sooo very humble.
The image is lovely.
Exceptional camouflage!!!
Greetings to you both.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-06-21 22:30]

Hi Anna,
Outstanding shot of this great looking slender Bush Snake perfectly camouflaged among those green leaves. Fantastic pose captured with very impressive sharpness, colours and details. Superb lighting and exposure handling. Surely Bayram is happy about this dedication. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

Hello Anna
Belle et intéressante photographie ce serpent qui me donne des frissons. Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté.Il fallait avoir l'oeil ouvert pour le voir dans son élément de camoufflage.
Merci et au revoir...JP

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-06-22 8:21]

Hi Anna

Sorry for being a bit late...i was on a long hike yesterday and i was quite tired :)

This is really a fantastic presentation! Tree snakes are really rare here on TN and i'm VERY glad to see one and read such interesting info about it. I'm sure Bayram is also charmed.
The photo here is very good i think because it presents the subject in such a natural place. The Blending of the two and the POV create a superb composition for such a scene.
Lovely natural colors and very good exposure management, too.

Bravo and TFS

Wonderfully composed...intriguing. Love the color - the subtleties of variation are well captured.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-06-30 4:49]

Oh Anna!
This find is a fine green that has me going green:)I cant believe you found this in your garden...an absolutle fitting dedication for Bayram- an expert on reptiles and related creations.

I like the green palette and the way the snake has lifted its head with great eye contact.The clarity, sharpness and focus are quite fine. The green of the subject merges along easily that of its habitat. I really love to see the patterns on its body that has been picked up excellently.Good colours and lighting too.Very well done.
TFS & Cheers:)

P.S:)Hope you are feeling better today

Ciao Anna!
Excellent photo! It's really nice shot.
Sharp with great detail.
Superb lighting and colours.
Brilliant composition.
I've never seen a snake like this!!!!

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2008-07-01 11:32]

Fantastic shot with or without the snake, obviously the snake is the icing on the cake all for us to admired. The sharpness is incredible, though the snake is trying to blend in but your clarity if so good here he's not fooling anyone. We can see it perfectly. Love the colors and contrast on this shot. composition is also right on. Thanks and well worth or the nice comments recieved.

Hello Anna !
This is a wonderful picture and a great dedication to Bayram, who is one of the most talented photographers here on TN. I think we all like his wonderful work. But your picture is just as wonderful as his, I love everything here - the vivid colors, the composition, the pose of the snake, his big yellow eye, his sharp look... A real pleasure ofr the eye. Very well done !

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-07-02 14:38]

Hola Anna, muy bonita composición, los tonos de color verde son muy atractivos, nitida y con una luz perfecta. Un saludo

Hello Anna,

What a surprise as I open this one!
I didn't notice the snake in the thumbnail, it is awesome...
A super composition, and the presentation has great educational value and represents work of high quality!

Pablo -

Hello Anna

This is a fantastic shot for your perspective and colours. I really like snakes and this is a beautiful specimen. The snake blends in superbly with the leaves, especially the way you have captured it.

Top shot and TFS

Hi Anna.How on the earth u spot this little one and spot it for photographing.The colors are almost same and camoflauged very nicely.Good take.Wish you a long journey in this field.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-07-17 8:17]

Hello Anna

This snake is handsome.
Very beautiful lighting and rich colours.
The eye detail and colour is terrific.
Excellent POV and DOF.


Bonjour Anna
Bravo Bravo ... une très grande réussite... quel effet !!!
cela doit être impressionnant de rencontrer un tel sujet
bonne journée

Hello Anna,
Great capture and composition.

Wonderful colours and great composition. It looks like a painting to me.

Hello Anna
indeed a photo very detailed. The snake nearly seems to be put in rests for the release. Beautiful the game of lights and the details of the friendly little bush snake who slips between the leaf of this particular plant. Beautiful the several tonalities of green and the framing.

Hello Anna,
How come I missed this superb dedication of yours to Bayram. Excellent lighting, luminosity & tones of color. TFS.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-08-07 5:30]
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Hi Anna,
very special shot indeed. The green is so lovely and the shot is graphical too. The sharpness really mark the beauty of the snakes and the leaves.
Well presented in such a high technical skill.
Beautiful and exciting.


Hi Anna
what a wonderful photo. Excellent details and POV. Very good composition.TFS

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