Ssso, What Else Is in the Pond?

Bridger was up fishing at the pond when he spotted a snake swimming by.

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D5100 f/22 ISO 800 1/250s 55-300@260mm – Summer 2012

Later that morning I went up to take some mid-day photographs. Usually I am there just after sunrise or just before sunset, but it turns out there is plenty going on in the heat of the day. Bridger’s snake swam by a couple of times, looking mighty cool and comfortable in the pond water. It surely was more comfortable there than I was on the bank in triple digit heat!

It is a pretty powerful swimmer if we can judge by the ripples it is creating! Does anyone recognize the variety of snake?

One more visitor to the pond.

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Nikon D5100 f/6.7 ISO 400 1/60s 55-300@300mm – Summer 2012

He trotted casually up to the pond while I was standing stock still waiting for a dragonfly to return to a stump. He didn’t notice me for some 25 minutes, but he was hidden in some brush where I could only occasionally glimpse an ear when he moved. Consequently, I only have two photos of him from that morning.

The photo is somewhat out of focus. It is amazing there is any sort of focus at all, as I had done something I rarely do, turned it to manual focus in an attempt to capture a dragonfly skimming the pond surface. My autofocus kept bringing the reflection into focus instead of the surface of the water. When I saw the coyote, I forgot all about focusing and just snapped a photo – I did, barely, remember to roll the little wheel, changing my aperture to allow for switching from sunlight to shadow.

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One comment on “Ssso, What Else Is in the Pond?

  1. Kyle says:

    Just a note: We have identified this snake as a Diamondback Water Snake or a Plain Belly Water Snake, indigenous to Oklahoma ponds and streams. It does have the round pupil mentioned, but we have no idea about some of the scale details, not having ventured close enough to examine those features!

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