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Just quoting her !!

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.

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Title:"Hiss Off"
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Uploaded:24 Jan 2006 - 1:05 PM
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BarbaraB
BarbaraB  953 forum posts United Kingdom
24 Jan 2006 - 1:09 PM

I don't really like snakes...but click for the story ...it made me laugh!

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pks  10 England
24 Jan 2006 - 1:09 PM

well done brave one great shot

peter

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JoeConway
JoeConway  8
24 Jan 2006 - 1:11 PM

Very nice, but I aint touching it!

joe

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BerthaDBluze
24 Jan 2006 - 1:12 PM

This is cute and cuddly...okay, not so cuddly! Smile

ROFLMAO!! Great story! I managed to do something similar...fell off a cliff with my camera, but made sure I gave it a soft landing.

This is a nice shot of really pretty snake. It has some nice feather...I mean scale detail! Smile

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Boyd
Boyd  1011213 forum posts Wales11 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2006 - 1:13 PM

I think this is a male adder - the black zigzag pattern is found on the males whereas the female pattern is brown.

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francisg
francisg  10703 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2006 - 1:24 PM

The sacrifices that one has to make for the sake of a good shot. Lol It is an exelent one well worth the tumble, but you didn't heed its warning. The way it is holding its head the crooked neck is a well meant warning that it is about to strike.
Cheers
Frank

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Blenkinsopp
24 Jan 2006 - 1:24 PM

- the pattern was very dark brown

The National Park ecologists reckon its a female by its shape and behavior.
Colours vary greatly in different areas - on Spadeadan Waste (about 10 miles from Barcombe Fell) the adders are nearly jet black and although easily recognisable by their shape markings can only be made out in bright sunlight.

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Boyd
Boyd  1011213 forum posts Wales11 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2006 - 1:27 PM

I learn something new every day. Thanks for the info.

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foggytwo
foggytwo  1136 forum posts Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2006 - 1:32 PM

A close call Skye and the title is great by the way.You did well to get a pic of this and its very good.
Pete.

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Sus
Sus  93183 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2006 - 1:35 PM

Awwww, cute! Doncha just want to give it a big hug!

(only jokin' - this is the sort of thing they say that makes me laugh on pet rescue forums - even about vicious baring teeth dogs and cats)

Good reflexes - excellent to catch it.

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jimyoung
jimyoung  9
24 Jan 2006 - 1:56 PM

Super shot

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thorn
thorn  10124 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2006 - 2:09 PM

Hi Skye,click for the photograph,click for the story behind it and click for your keep the camera safe technique.Take care.AnnSmile

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Jasbe
Jasbe  9116 forum posts England
24 Jan 2006 - 10:07 PM

Very nice capture, very brave.
Jason

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highlander
highlander  1032 forum posts Scotland
24 Jan 2006 - 11:12 PM

Well done Ann for keeping the camera safe in extreme circumstances! You did well getting such an excellent shot of the adder. Fine detail light and colour,
Louise
About the 8800 I have only recently started using it because it has more pixels than my 5400, but for me the 5400 has the edge on clarity.

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tartanlady
tartanlady  1058 forum posts Scotland
24 Jan 2006 - 11:13 PM

Ooops signed in on Doug's name again. Sorry.
Louise

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sunshot
sunshot  9 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2006 - 11:54 PM

cracking capture well taken

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freeway
freeway  8 France
25 Jan 2006 - 1:35 AM

Excellent shot well done

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2006 - 3:43 AM

Excellent shot, well done and ditto to what everyone else has said--You were certainly brave to attempt a 2nd,3rd and more images--

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Paul_cats
Paul_cats e2 Member 861 forum postsPaul_cats vcard Scotland22 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2006 - 4:01 AM

A great wildlife shot and super story to go with it. It all add(er)s up to a worthy click from me!

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johnjrp
johnjrp e2 Member 10430 forum postsjohnjrp vcard Australia5 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2006 - 4:01 AM

Well captured. Nice sharp detail. click. John

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suregork
suregork  933 forum posts Finland1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2006 - 4:58 AM

very well captures..

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Blenkinsopp
25 Jan 2006 - 6:40 AM

Thank you for comments
- Theres nothing brave about the capture
Adders avoid confrontation and put up with a lot of irritation before striking as a last resort. They are only small snakes and you are safe if you are their body length away. (I have never known them to strike more than half their body length). Bites normally only occur when they are touched or stood on.

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Greyheron
Greyheron e2 Member 12277 forum postsGreyheron vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2006 - 6:54 AM

Good natural image & a super story to go with it....well done.

Mike

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robway
robway e2 Member 9317 forum postsrobway vcard Wales
25 Jan 2006 - 7:29 AM

Not my favourite animal but beautifully captured.
John

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Sina
Sina  8
25 Jan 2006 - 7:32 AM

I hate snakes, or should I rather say I am very very scared of them, I totally freeze up and cannot move. We also have these "things" in our garden, but my cat kills them. grrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

In my view this was a VERY BRAVE picture that you toke. Click

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Rayner
Rayner  9 England
25 Jan 2006 - 8:12 AM

great capture,wonderful creature

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Maddie
Maddie  92714 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2006 - 8:35 AM

gosh, dont think i would have hung around to take a picture!

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ChristineL
25 Jan 2006 - 8:58 AM

Sounds like you had quite an adventure taking this...well worth it,
Chris.

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lexc1991
lexc1991  8 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2006 - 9:35 AM

Brilliant shot, i wasn't so lucky i was taking a shot of the family and my camera fell off a wall and rolled down a hill me leaping after it!
click

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ZenTog
ZenTog  127875 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2006 - 9:36 AM

nice shot crisp and well satuated, I like shots of adders, plus was this taken recently or in the Summer as it would be an early riser if its this year

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Blenkinsopp
25 Jan 2006 - 10:20 AM

taken in the summer. I avoid their hibernation sites in winter. 5 yrs ago after a winter gale which uprooted a tree and exposed a hibernation spot my border collie was bitten. He jumped back at the strike but was caught on the bottom lip by one fang. Poor little soul had a head like a football - only his ear tips weren't swollen and his eyelids were pulled inside out the swelling was so bad. We had a high speed trip to the vet but his head was back to normal in 3 days and he was never off his food although eating was very difficult.

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Pegon
Pegon  978 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2006 - 11:30 AM

Well spotted and taken , love the story .
Pete .

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VNelson
VNelson  9 United States
25 Jan 2006 - 12:42 PM

Wonderful control on the use of the flash. I'm afraid I might have a story to tell like yours someday myself.

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ZenTog
ZenTog  127875 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2006 - 1:08 PM

yeah my boxer got bitten and we got an injection with in the hour and his throat swelled and left him with baggy skin
even more funny was a year later I was walking up to a local campsite where we were having a family and friends weekend camp.
after a mile a woman called out to me from her garden, do you know anything about snakes, right person to ask I said as I used to run a reptile breeding and retail shop. oh my daughter has been playing with this snake what is it she said??, it turned out to be a very large and good temepered femail adder. I caught it and transfered it to a nearby nature sanctury, told the woman her daughter was lucky not to have been bitten!!!

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RipleyExile
25 Jan 2006 - 1:08 PM

Cute and cudly are nice, but I prefer the more 'unusual' (used to have a snake myself, but my now wife didn't want it to move house with us). Nice capture and the square crop suits it well.

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daringdaphne
25 Jan 2006 - 1:32 PM

I enjoyed the tale attached to this and must say you did exremely well to get away plus you saved the camera. It is an exceptional catch. Well-done.

Take care now

(*.*)D

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mrsdaffy
mrsdaffy  8
26 Jan 2006 - 12:14 AM

LMAO... brilliant story.. great capture, well done on keeping your head(initally Smile) I'd have been half up the hill at first sight,I'd certianly be faster than the hubby..LOL

Mags

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g_parry  8332 forum posts United Kingdom
26 Jan 2006 - 2:43 AM

Skye

for someone reletively new to photography your images are all fantastic - as for the adder I like it and the story

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angelamary
26 Jan 2006 - 6:21 AM

Oooo... Nice one! Fantastic shot! Glad no-one was bitten tho'. Shame hubby didn't have a camera really... (it has been know for me to place delicate purchases out of the way as I've fallen flat on my face... amazing isn't it!!)

Lovely details. Very well caught... taken... photgraphed!

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benedict
benedict  1026 forum posts
26 Jan 2006 - 7:08 AM

Noup! I really do not like snakes, but it's an excellent shot, and the story of yours gave me a good laugh =)
Benedict

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leons_photos
26 Jan 2006 - 10:30 AM

Great this shot has very nice colour!
Show the scales of the snake clearly!

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Wellie
Wellie  8
26 Jan 2006 - 10:58 AM

Excellent work and nice shot.

Adrian

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jelsmack
jelsmack  8
27 Jan 2006 - 1:28 AM

Really like this, had a close encounter with an adder when i was a little girl, seem to remember much screaming and running about! VERY well done, an excellent shot.

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Mwande
Mwande  8 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2006 - 7:51 AM

Excellent....Like it although I am serpentophobic. Well done

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Retnyap
Retnyap  928 forum posts
27 Jan 2006 - 11:50 PM

Love this shot, but really enjoyed all the info on adders and comments relating to them. A very interestng photo and narrative.
Davey P.
It's amazing how we always think about the camera during our many tumbles, nice one..

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glenalva e2 Member 8324 forum postsglenalva vcard Scotland
28 Jan 2006 - 12:36 AM

Fantastic picture, and story to go with it lol!!! I'd love to see an adder up here, never been lucky enough yet though Sad

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photopharm  10154 forum posts England
28 Jan 2006 - 9:21 AM

Excellent shot, and you paid the price for it!
Pauline

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GlennMiller
29 Jan 2006 - 10:58 AM

Great photo and great story.

It so good to hear a little about issues around your photo's.

dave

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gajewski e2 Member 10gajewski vcard United States9 Constructive Critique Points
1 Feb 2006 - 8:41 AM

Incredible capture. Glad you survived your tumble down the hill. What we won't do for a good shot. -=Walter

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tedbear
tedbear  9 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2006 - 11:29 AM

You are so lucky! I'm always looking for snakes and lizards and you managed to photograph a reptile i have never even seen, well done !

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mandarinkay
2 Feb 2006 - 1:50 PM

WEll done Skye ..... lucky you didn't hurt yourself either! A great shot and a great story! Well done, very brave of you ... I am afraid there would have been rather a lot of dust about .... with me in the far distance! Lol .... Click*
Karen

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Kitty3  8
3 Feb 2006 - 2:55 AM

Excellent shot!

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Leo
Leo  1245 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2006 - 12:29 AM

Pleased to hear how quickly your little dog got over it Skye...the poor lad must have suffered a great deal. I tend to like snakes, certainly they don't make me recoil as some people, some of their markings are quite beautiful to study. You were lucky seeing this one. I spent a number of years as a child, living in Ilkley and a _lot_ of time on the moors but never once saw an adder
Click!
Leo

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AMS1  8 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Feb 2006 - 12:14 PM

Good shot, nice colouring. Regularly go out on the search for Adders to photograph. Had quite a good spot at the Langdon Nature Reserve, however this got spoilt and the readily available subjects moved on.

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PJBPhoto  8
19 Feb 2006 - 1:40 AM

Great Shot this, pity you fell or you could have got some other shots of it on the move. I love Reptiles and always on the look out for subjects. Will be doing a lot of Snake hunting this year. Got a good one last year of a Grass snake in our back Garden.

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ITPSnapper
27 Feb 2006 - 11:48 AM

9.5/10 for the pic and a 10/10 for the story! An interesting day to say the least. But you do have this great shot as a memory!

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CTP_2006  8
2 Mar 2006 - 4:49 PM

Great capture with great story.
Cheers,
CT of Chicago

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Hawkgenes
Hawkgenes  9 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2006 - 10:10 AM

Well captured and a great exposure

Hawk

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madpaedinurse

Wow what more can be said one for the great picture two finding such a fantastic creature in its own habitate. Not sure I would have been brave enoughto take the pic!

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JohnoP e2 Member 9JohnoP vcard
23 May 2006 - 9:56 AM

Glad I looked in on this one - great shot - John

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ronss
ronss  81243 forum posts Canada
12 Jul 2006 - 6:16 AM

Lovely shot. Great story. Poor little thing, you scared it. click.

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Buffalo_Tom e2 Member 82322 forum postsBuffalo_Tom vcard Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jul 2006 - 8:48 PM

I agree great story.Super shot.I would have run a mile and done a trple Salco outta there.I hate snakes.
Tom.

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