Day 260 - Don't Tread on Me




The hubs and I actually almost did tread on this guy as we were out hiking today. He was right in the middle of the trail and we almost didn't see him. As soon as we spotted him though we both whipped out our cameras. I took probably about 20 shots of him. These were my faves.

Why the title? According to Wikipedia, "The Gadsden flag is a historical American flag with a yellow field depicting a rattlesnake coiled and ready to strike. Positioned below the snake is the legend "DONT TREAD ON ME." The flag was designed by and is named after American general and statesman Christopher Gadsden. It was also used by the Continental Marines as an early motto flag. It was the first flag ever carried into battle by the United States Marine Corps, during the American Revolution."

16 comments:

Shannon Joy said...

EEK!!! I would FREAK!!! They are cool shots... but it still freaks me out!

Nadege, said...

Wow,you have got in so close to it. Amazing shots.

Kat said...

I have Metallica playing in my head now :)

Awesome pictures, it's always such a treat to encounter snakes (as long as noone is stomped on!)

Sonishka said...

Lol, and I thought you ll say that first thing you did would be to get the hell out of its way and not take the cameras out haha. But awesome pics, I can see why you couldnt see him. Great mimicry.

Laura said...

Wow, these are amazing! The detail and colour in the scales is stunning. Not sure how I would have reacted to finding this guy!

Susan said...

That's WAY too close to a rattlesnake for my taste! Great shots though!

Danelle said...

Please tell me you were using a zoom lens!

Kimberly said...

Very cool snake! So glad you didn't step on him!

Amy said...

Uh....I would have been running in the other direction. Cool shots!

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

GREAT shots, Misty. I look every year for snakes but rarely find them. This year I found a dead rat snake and almost stepped on a corn snake one night (too dark for a pic). I'm glad y'all missed this one, but he is beautiful. Have a good week.

Meggan said...

Very cool! They have great camouflage! The last picture is gorgeous:)

Cindy said...

you know that i don't know photography words...but puh-leeze tell me that you were using say, a high powered zoom lens. somehow i would feel better over here if i knew that you weren't very close To THAT. :)

Kristin said...

You're so brave. I think I would have run away really fast, but good for you for keeping your cool and getting these great shots.

Kim Stevens said...

Oh so jealous, great captures - just awesome!

Kara said...

Great pictures! We actually have one of these flags. My pole is broken, though, or we'd be flying it more often!

Branson said...

Soooo cool! I love these. Your hubby is a photographer too?