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"Hiss Off"

By Blenkinsopp
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.

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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BarbaraB 13 53 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2006 1:09PM
I don't really like snakes...but click for the story made me laugh!

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pks 14 2 England
24 Jan 2006 1:09PM
well done brave one great shot

24 Jan 2006 1:11PM
Very nice, but I aint touching it!

BerthaDBluze 13 19
24 Jan 2006 1:12PM
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
Boyd 14 11.2k 11 Wales
24 Jan 2006 1:13PM
I think this is a male adder - the black zigzag pattern is found on the males whereas the female pattern is brown.
francisg 14 705 1 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2006 1:24PM
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.
Blenkinsopp 12 320 4 England
24 Jan 2006 1:24PM
- 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.
Boyd 14 11.2k 11 Wales
24 Jan 2006 1:27PM
I learn something new every day. Thanks for the info.
foggytwo 15 36 1 Scotland
24 Jan 2006 1:32PM
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.
Sus 13 3.2k 9 England
24 Jan 2006 1:35PM
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.
jimyoung 13 8
24 Jan 2006 1:56PM
Super shot
thorn 13 124 2 Scotland
24 Jan 2006 2:09PM
Hi Skye,click for the photograph,click for the story behind it and click for your keep the camera safe technique.Take care.AnnSmile
Jasbe 12 116 England
24 Jan 2006 10:07PM
Very nice capture, very brave.
highlander 14 32 Scotland
24 Jan 2006 11:12PM
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,
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.
tartanlady 14 58 Scotland
24 Jan 2006 11:13PM
Ooops signed in on Doug's name again. Sorry.
sunshot 13 24 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2006 11:54PM
cracking capture well taken
freeway 12 France
25 Jan 2006 1:35AM
Excellent shot well done
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
25 Jan 2006 3:43AM
Excellent shot, well done and ditto to what everyone else has said--You were certainly brave to attempt a 2nd,3rd and more images--
Paul_cats Plus
12 61 22 Scotland
25 Jan 2006 4:01AM
A great wildlife shot and super story to go with it. It all add(er)s up to a worthy click from me!
johnjrp 14 432 5 Australia
25 Jan 2006 4:01AM
Well captured. Nice sharp detail. click. John
suregork 13 33 1 Finland
25 Jan 2006 4:58AM
very well captures..
Blenkinsopp 12 320 4 England
25 Jan 2006 6:40AM
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.
Greyheron 16 282 7 England
25 Jan 2006 6:54AM
Good natural image & a super story to go with it....well done.

robway 13 318 Wales
25 Jan 2006 7:29AM
Not my favourite animal but beautifully captured.
Sina 12
25 Jan 2006 7:32AM
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
Rayner 13 England
25 Jan 2006 8:12AM
great capture,wonderful creature
Maddie 13 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2006 8:35AM
gosh, dont think i would have hung around to take a picture!
ChristineL 13 39 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2006 8:58AM
Sounds like you had quite an adventure taking this...well worth it,
25 Jan 2006 9:35AM
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!
ZenTog 16 7.9k 1 England
25 Jan 2006 9:36AM
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
Blenkinsopp 12 320 4 England
25 Jan 2006 10:20AM
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.
Pegon 12 78 1 England
25 Jan 2006 11:30AM
Well spotted and taken , love the story .
Pete .
VNelson 13 3 United States
25 Jan 2006 12:42PM
Wonderful control on the use of the flash. I'm afraid I might have a story to tell like yours someday myself.
ZenTog 16 7.9k 1 England
25 Jan 2006 1:08PM
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!!!
RipleyExile 15 1.6k 17 England
25 Jan 2006 1:08PM
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.
daringdaphne 14 82 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2006 1:32PM
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

mrsdaffy 12 16
26 Jan 2006 12:14AM
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

g_parry 12 332 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2006 2:43AM

for someone reletively new to photography your images are all fantastic - as for the adder I like it and the story
angelamary 12 6 England
26 Jan 2006 6:21AM
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!
benedict 13 26
26 Jan 2006 7:08AM
Noup! I really do not like snakes, but it's an excellent shot, and the story of yours gave me a good laugh =)
26 Jan 2006 10:30AM
Great this shot has very nice colour!
Show the scales of the snake clearly!
Wellie 12
26 Jan 2006 10:58AM
Excellent work and nice shot.

27 Jan 2006 1:28AM
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.
Mwande 12 4 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2006 7:51AM
Excellent....Like it although I am serpentophobic. Well done
Retnyap 13 28
27 Jan 2006 11:50PM
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..
Alison_S Plus
12 339 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2006 12:36AM
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
photopharm 13 154 England
28 Jan 2006 9:21AM
Excellent shot, and you paid the price for it!
29 Jan 2006 10:58AM
Great photo and great story.

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

gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
1 Feb 2006 8:41AM
Incredible capture. Glad you survived your tumble down the hill. What we won't do for a good shot. -=Walter
tedbear 13 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2006 11:29AM
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 !
2 Feb 2006 1:50PM
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*
Kitty3 12
3 Feb 2006 2:55AM
Excellent shot!
Leo 16 46 9 England
5 Feb 2006 12:29AM
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
AMS1 12 1 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2006 12:14PM
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.
19 Feb 2006 1:40AM
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.
ITPSnapper 12 45 Netherlands
27 Feb 2006 11:48AM
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!
2 Mar 2006 4:49PM
Great capture with great story.
CT of Chicago
Hawkgenes 13 10 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2006 10:10AM
Well captured and a great exposure

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!
JohnoP 12 2
23 May 2006 9:56AM
Glad I looked in on this one - great shot - John
ronss 12 1.2k Canada
12 Jul 2006 6:16AM
Lovely shot. Great story. Poor little thing, you scared it. click.
Buffalo_Tom 11 2.3k 9 Wales
29 Jul 2006 8:48PM
I agree great story.Super shot.I would have run a mile and done a trple Salco outta there.I hate snakes.

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