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Copyright: Laura Hammett (EMTME22) (58)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-06
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Pentax K20 d
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-06-23 7:06
Viewed: 2971
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Northern water snake can grow up to 135 cm (4.4 ft) long.[2] They can be brown, gray, reddish, or brownish-black. They have dark crossbands on their necks and dark stripes and blotches on the rest of their bodies, often leading to misidentification as cottonmouths or copperheads by novices. They darken as they age. Some will become almost completely black. The belly of this snake also varies in color. It can be white, yellow, or gray. Usually it also has reddish or black crescents.

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Extraordinary capture Laura Hammett! Well done!
George Veltchev

What a very interesting image here my friend, great work and well done,


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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2011-06-23 13:48]

Bonjour Laura,

Artistically this is not an impressive image, but from a scientific or documentary POV, it is a very interesting image not often seen. Of course TN is photography and is Nature, so that kind of image is as appropriate as your butterfly. Nice shot and TFS.


PS: If your interest in photography goes far beyond Nature itself, you can also join TrekLens and TrekEarth. The first one is very generel photograpy while the second one is more dedicated to travel pictures. They are in the same familly than TrekNature.


It's creepy to see him devour a fish like this. It's almost worth taking a video of. Kool shot! TFS Trevor

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-06-23 19:10]

Hello Laura,
A neat capture indeed!! This is something you don't get to see very often, yet it happens all the time in nature. The DOF may be a little shallow, but you nailed the focus right where you needed to. The head and mouth area of the snake is tac sharp, and that is what really matters.
The perch looks pretty big, but I'm sure the snake eventually got it all down. Well done!!

good timing! tfs


Good action shot of snake eating yellow perch. Wonder how he caught the perch? Accurate colors. TFS.


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