Here's looking at you kid...

Our resident Carpet Python was on the driveway when we got home today, so I grabbed the camera with macro lens and dived out of the truck to grab some shots.

He was about 8 inches away at this point. Eventually he got curious enough to almost lick the lens before I stood up and he slithered back into the bush.

View all photos taken: Sunday, 9th March 2008, This photo: 2:12pm

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  • Xenedis said:
    Extremely shallow DOF!
  • David de Groot said:
    Yeah, I went to f/4 to get a bit more dof but didn't want to go too much more as I'd not had time to grab the flash and triggers.
  • 2day. said:
    Aww! Amazing Dave!

    Pretty freaky to hear he is a resident... Other than that, Great Photo!!!
  • David de Groot said:
    I'm quite happy to have a carpet python living on my driveway rather than the other sorts of snakes we get around here (red belly black, coastal taipan, small eyed snake, deathadder, eastern brown)
  • Xenedis said:
    There are lots of nasties living in Dave's area, and some of them are outside in the bush too!
  • David de Groot said:
  • andreasgraemiger said:

    Please tag this with:
    "Unlimited Photos"
  • David de Groot said:
    andreasgraemiger: You realise I'm going to have to hunt you down and drive a stake through your heart now that you've posted an animated gif in my photostream... ;-)
    I appreciate the thought, but can't abide by "invite codes" or animated gifs.
  • thetaipan said:
    Great shot - the focal point of the eye is so chilling yet beautiful!

    You'd want to be pretty sure about your snakes though - a mistake you wouldn't like to make!

    We had a girl in recently to our emergency department who had been drinking and was pretty certain a particular snake was harmless. Thinking she was so tuff, she proceeded to skin the snake alive in front of her friends when it nicked her on her finger.

    A couple of hours later both were fighting for their lives. Mind you most of the doctors and nurses were hoping the snake lived.

    The snake was a rough-scale. The girl was very, very unwell. We (unfortunately) saved her, although she did spend a fair amount of time in ICU on life-support!

    This is a really good photo!
  • petepothole said:
    Now you weren't scared David were you ?
    Nice capture although you probably had to be quick!
  • David de Groot said:
    WTF??? Why would someone do that ? Stupid stupid girl.

    Yes, I'm very very careful around snakes. I've been watching this one for a while and taken several photos from afar.
    In this instance I approached slowly and kept a very keen eye on it, looking for any signs that it might be uncomfortable with my presence. Ultimately after any photos I planned on taking, I needed him off the driveway anyway, as I couldn't drive the truck up there with him sitting across it.
  • David de Groot said:
    Nah, not scared at all. It's a good snake. Both he and I were equally curious about each other, and he did the right thing and slithered off after the shoot so I could drive up to the house :)
  • Jack High said:
    Great focus on the eye, bang on. Creative title and narrative are very interesting. Always enjoyable to read a little about the situation and surroundings around your shots.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Jack, glad you enjoyed it :)
  • heidi_K said:
    He looks cute - when can I see him?
  • thetaipan said:
    Its a tremendous photo David.

    As for that girl - that's why we have Darwin awards!
  • David de Groot said:
    Pop on out just about any sunny day and he'll likely make an appearance :)

    Thanks :)
  • Scott Leach said:
    Amazing shot. Carpet pythins aren't dangerous right? 10 months in Oz and the most dangerous thing I saw was my Australian girlfriends wrath when I annoyed her :)
  • David de Groot said:
    That's pretty much right in that their bite won't kill you, but a large one can leave a nasty tear in you from a bite. Largeish ones aren't good for pets either - there's been several reported incidents of dogs and cats being taken by them (crushed and swallowed). Small children are potentially at risk from that too.
    But on the whole, they're fairly harmless. :)
  • Scott Leach said:
    Sounds pretty harmless by Australian animal standards :)
  • David de Groot said:
    That's true !
  • Zixii said:
    Fairly harmless... yeah, fairly harmless isn't harmless enough for me I'm afraid though I live by the principle that anything that is vaguely sentient (and that includes some of my colleagues at the university) is to be allowed to live its life undisturbed by me...
    As other people are saying here this is a wonderful use of the dof and I think it captures everything I think about snakes - fascinating but its pointless trying to empathise or reason with them because it ain't going to happen (I know a lot of humans like that too :-P ).
  • David de Groot said:
    bah! These guys might bite you if you annoy them, but they aren't likely to kill you.
    I don't kill snakes either, although I guess if it was it or me (or my family) then it might not survive the incident.