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Yellow Banded Garter Snakes-3

Yellow Banded Garter Snakes-3

Spring mating, isn't it lovely?
main street
Fort Assiniboine, Alberta Canada
Date taken
May 2016
Equipment used
Nikon D800E + Sigma 150-600 S
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Oh my!!! You should've posted a warning for me Richard;) LOL .... that is one scary picture that!!!:eek!:

Nevertheless you've taken a great picture of this mele!!! Very well done lad.
Folks, thank you all for your response. I have to add that I find them fascinating. These snakes, the local kids pick up and play with although I encourage them not to do so. It only stresses the snakes, but kids are naturally curious and it's hard to get them to use their eyes and not their hands. Sweet dreams everyone.:)
I have seen this on TV and keep telling myself I need to come up and see this for myself sometime. My problem is my spouse (lol). Amazing picture Richard!!! TFS!!!
I have seen this on TV and keep telling myself I need to come up and see this for myself sometime.

Stanley, that can be arranged, just let me know. Canada will this summer celebrate its 150th birthday. It will be a great place to visit. Fort Assiniboine is older, the second oldest settlement in Alberta after Fort Chipewyan. A group of voyagers will reenact the passage of the great trading canoes and will stop at Ft. Assiniboine on the Athabasca River. I was in the civil office and saw a poster of a very old painting of a trade canoe shooting a set of rapids. I remarked to the lady in the office about it being such a powerful symbol of Canada, she took me by surprise when she said "Yes, it's so us" such a small community with massive pride, I feel very happy as a new resident to be welcomed with so much warmth and kindness.

Come and experience this wonderful place for yourself. Oh BTW we had a cougar walking down the main street a week ago. Thanks for your kind comments Stanley, your constant support means a lot.
Cracking shots of the snakes Richard. Would love to see this amazing scene but doubt if I ever will. Old age gets in the way sometimes!!!

Hi Alex, The age thing overtakes us all (if we are lucky). I find that my interests have expanded exponentially since I sold my hunting guns and used the money to buy some great photography kit, especially lens's. But the age thing does limit my range of travel like yourself.

An unforeseen event led me to this very small place, the second oldest settlement in Alberta, A former Hudson's Bay trading post. The people here are exceptionally welcoming and warm and have helped me greatly in settling into my new home. Now the important part...The place is crawling with wildlife, (we had a cougar (Mountain Lion) strolling down the main street in broad daylight, just a week ago). The snakes are in a mini habitat right on the edge of the main street. Every Spring they attract a lot of attention from the local kids. My photos have received a lot of comment, I have to give the credit to my new lens, a Sigma 150-600 S which is entirely responsible for the close ups I'm able to get. I added a gimbal which has me looking forward to the waterfowl season and BIF shots with the gimbal. For me, the age and physical limitations that comes with it are offset by being able to still look at this amazing planet through my long lens.

I encourage everyone who can travel to explore all the upcoming events that will take place all across Canada in celebration of our 150th birthday. All of you that end up in my part of Alberta, I encourage to contact me for some very special photo ops. ( strictly social and non commercial).

Alex, as long as you can still mentally feel like Peter Pan, don't worry about trying to squeeze into those silly little green tights, or trying to chase Wendy, stick to the birding, it takes less energy when done with smart planning. I hope you will visit Canada, I would love to show you our snakes.

Thanks for your visit and kind comment.
Thank you Frank, I appreciate your comment. These snakes made a wonderful subject to photograph, they have already made one brief Spring appearance, but the cold weather drove them back underground.

They'll be back.

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