April 26, 2013

Diamondback, Big Bend National Park

Photograph by Fred LaBounty, My Shot

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I carry snake tongs when I travel to Big Bend National Park to move snakes from the warm roadways in the mornings so they won't be run over. I came across this diamondback near Panther Junction. He went on the defensive as soon as I exited my truck. I didn't want to pass up the photo op and photographed him with a Canon EOS 5D111 and a Canon 100-400 5.6L lens. I then moved him into the underbrush about 30 feet from the roadway.

(This photo and caption were submitted to My Shot.)

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38 comments
Shannon T
Shannon T

Good lord... how close were you to the snake when you got this picture? Amazing.

corbin beast
corbin beast

Cool.  I like how the rattle snake looks like it going to attack. SWEET

Ebonie Drine
Ebonie Drine

I LOVE how you got the Diamondback in defensive mode. This is an AMAZING PHOTO

Ayisha Christmas
Ayisha Christmas

This picture is absolutley amazing!  I have never seen a rattle snake up close! I think it's really cool how you got the snake's rattle in the picture too.

Aidan Nunook
Aidan Nunook

My favorite thing  about this photo is how the snake looks posed to strike.

seth basketball
seth basketball

It is cool how you got the shot with the snacks tung out. How far were you when you took the picture.

Bodell Cougars
Bodell Cougars

I love catching little garter snakes, but I would never touch this one. It's amazing how strong they are to lift up the whole front half of their body.

Mallory K
Mallory K

How did you get the picture up close and not scaring the snake away? I really like how you can really see the dimonds on the back.

Ramsay Nike
Ramsay Nike

AWSOME photo. My favorite thing about this photo is how his tongue is so long. I woder how he got so close to the snake?

delbert knightman
delbert knightman

This snake is really cool and awesome!! and it looks like it ready to attack something.

Cason Purell
Cason Purell

Wow this is a stunning picture. It looks like it is stunned as well.


Shai Shai
Shai Shai

Wow, did you get bit after taking the photo? It must have been scary taking the picture. AMAZING picture!!

Gracee Softball
Gracee Softball

Really cool photo i really like how it is kind of tanding up. Really cool but its scary.

Isaiah The Hottie
Isaiah The Hottie

This is a COOL picture. I like the way the snake is in a pose for the picture. Also the snake looks like a model.

Kobe Johnson
Kobe Johnson

This is a really cool picture.It looks like the snake is in combat.

Justin Herobrine
Justin Herobrine

Rattlesnakes scare me. This one looks almost like its going to strike! How did you take this photo?

matthew s.
matthew s.

Wow usually I hate Rattle Snakes, but I love this picture.


Craig Leigh
Craig Leigh

Fred, how close were you?  What kind of lens?  Great pic

Craig Leigh
Craig Leigh

Fred, how close were you?  What kind of lense?  Great pic.

Philip Graves
Philip Graves

wow! this picture seems like your so close to the intensity. great shot

abhushan sahu
abhushan sahu

sir this is the best rattlesnake portrait i have ever seen 
simply amazing!! :o

Scott Brown
Scott Brown

what specie of snake is it?

Crotalus <...>

Gerry Cunningham
Gerry Cunningham

Your nerves of steel have rewarded you with a fantastic photograph !

Antoine Bruneau
Antoine Bruneau

Wow, I'm usually not into wildlife photography but I must admit this is a terrific portrait! Well done!

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