The buzzing sound is intensifying as I approach closer. Shaking with excitement I try to position myself in a good spot. The big eastern diamondback strikes and I fumble with my camera, the shutter noise combining with the constant rattling. The strike was just a warning and I was out of range. Not wanting to push my luck I review the pics, smile, wipe the sweat off my forehead, and say, "Thanks rattlesnake, hope we meet again!”
Since I can remember I have had a fascination with all animals both great and small, reptiles being my main interest. Growing up in South Florida has allowed me to develop my passion into several jobs and projects working with some wonderful species, including my current position in aiding in the management and conservation efforts of the American Crocodile. Whether at work on a survey, romping around in the Everglades, or exploring different lands, I always have my camera at hand. Photography is an important tool for documenting those chance wildlife encounters that I consider special and then sharing it with others. As the alterations made by the growing global human population becomes increasingly significant and wild places dwindle, there is no more of a crucial point in time to expose people to our planets amazing biodiversity.
So the image is captured, what’s next? As the great naturalist George B. Schaller stated “ Pen and camera are potent weapons against oblivion, helping species to survive, or serving as memorials.”
I hope you enjoy my images and I hope they inspire you to go out and conserve, experience, and cherish the natural world for your self!
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Camera gear: Canon
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