Very early morning while taking a walk through the forest to check one of my trailcams, I stumbled upon this very small Pygmy Rattlesnake. No bigger than a tennis ball, I just happened to see it coiled up at the base of the tree. Still foggy, and the blue tint of pre-sunrise not yet gone, I got to work photographing the snake. One thing I really want to work to stop, is the hate towards snakes. In almost every scenario, a snake wants nothing more than to get away from you and leave you alone. Despite this, many people murder snakes for no reason whatsoever besides an irrational fear. I was only inches away from this venomous snake, but because I stayed calm, and did not provoke the snake, the snake did not make any attempt to attack me.
OM-D E-M1 Mark III | M.Zuiko 100-400mm F5-6.3 IS
34mm | 1/8s | F4 | ISO 800