While climbing a steep slope my husband put out his hand to keep his balance and just missed her.
Adders are quite common locally but you usually just get a quick glimpse of them as they disappear into the rocks. This is probably a female who is quite close to giving birth and reluctant to move. Even so I just had time for 2 shots. I knew the first would be blurred as the shutter speed was too slow to hand hold and this is the second using flash.
After that I tried to move some grass out of the way and she gave a loud hiss and struck at me. Forgetting about the steepness of the slope I jumped back and rolled down the bank. By the time I climbed back up she was disappearing into the base of a drystone wall.
( When he had stopped laughing my husband gave my fall 10 out of 10 for artistic merit as despite rolling and somersaulting never once did I let my camera hand touch the ground )
I am curious to see if anyone will like this image as readers tend to go in for cute and cuddly creatures.