They’re out

4 05 2015

Warning: If snakes are not your thing, you may want to skip this post.

And Mom … no photographers were harmed in the making of these photographs!

Thanks to the sharp eyes of friend and fellow mustang advocate Kat Wilder, we found the first rattlesnake of 2015 in Spring Creek Basin.

It may have been the first rattler seen in the basin, but it wasn’t the first Kat has seen this year; she had just seen another one farther south in Disappointment Valley.

The weather is warm – and has been. It seems past due to have this first sighting. Three bull snakes have crossed my path in the last couple of weeks. Bull snakes are awesome. They can eat as many rodents as they like.

Rattlesnakes do kinda freak me out a bit. And part of my childhood was spent in Texas, with rattlers way bigger than those I’ve seen in Colorado.

Live and let live (except when they’re in my house (don’t ask)), I always say.

Did you peek yet?

We did have a great visit with one of the bands – not terribly far away but far enough away from the rattlesnake. ๐Ÿ™‚

This is your last warning.

Scroll at your own visual peril.


Kat’s truck is immediately to the left, and she’s shooting from above through the window in the driver’s side door.


Important note: Long lenses are great for photographing mustangs … and other critters best seen from a distance (!).

P.S. This particular critter isn’t nearly as large as it appears; coiled like this, it would have fit on a salad plate.



4 responses

4 05 2015
Kathryn Wilder

This guy was little, but the other one was a good two-plus feet long, and fat. Still not as big as TJ’s Texas rattlers, or those I grew up around in California. Far as I know, though, rattlers anywhere still pack a potent bite! (I stayed in the truck as I would have had to step practically on it to step out. And I didn’t have shoes on!)

4 05 2015
Lynn and Kathy

Prudent behavior! ๐Ÿ˜‰

4 05 2015

Glad your both safe

6 05 2015
Prairie girl

Snake post! ๐Ÿ™‚
We are not lacking for rattlers out here in your neighboring state, TJ. I’m always hearing snake sighting stories but I’ve yet to see one in all the years I’ve lived here. And I hike a lot in primo snake areas.
Secretly, I think it would be awesome and a thrill to see a rattler…but not too close, right?

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