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Northern Redbelly Snake

Flora and Fauna Friday: Northern Redbelly Snake

A somewhat different Flora and Fauna Friday post from me this week. A simple record shot of a snake I found sunning itself on a gravel road on a walk last Saturday afternoon.

This is a Northern Redbelly Snake (Storeria occipitomaculata occipitomaculata), a nonvenomous species found in parts of Eastern North America.

This individual is about two thirds grown. Not much bigger than a pencil it got quite belligerent when I tried to get it to move off the road to stop it getting run over. Eventually it got the message and moved off the road. Two vehicles had a go around me while I was trying to get it off the road.

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CFFC

CFFC: Circles, Curves and Arches

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Circles, Curves and Arches.

An Eastern Garter Snake curves in the grass while eating a Northern Leopard Frog.

CFFC: Circles, Curves and Arches

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Lens-Artists

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Pick a Place

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Pick a Place.

Having moved around the U.K. and Canada over the decades I had quite a few ideas for the challenge. It was my recent One Word Sunday: Luck that made me think of the summer of 1985.

I spent part of that summer living in southern Ontario. All the photos are from that summer.

The sun sets behind the Niagara Escarpment at Big Bay. Taken while standing on the dock eating a Rum and Raisin ice cream made in the Big Bay General Store.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Pick a Place

 

The Cape Croker lighthouse on the Georgian Bay shoreline.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Pick a Place

 

An interesting eroded rock on the Georgian Bay shoreline.

Eroded rock, natural sculpture.

 

A monochrome study of a section of the Georgian Bay shoreline at Cape Croker.

Georgian Bay shoreline.

 

The Sydenham River flows over Inglis Falls just outside Owen Sound.

Falling Water.

 

An Eastern Garter Snake twisted in the grass eating a Northern Leopard Frog.

Twisted into an S.

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Photo Challenges

A Photo a Week Challenge: Twisted

This is my contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Twisted.

An Eastern Garter Snake twisted in the grass eating a Northern Leopard Frog on Georgian Bluffs, Ontario, Canada.

Twisted in the grass.

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Photo Challenges

Twisted into an S

An Eastern Garter Snake eating a Northern Leopard Frog.

Taken at Big Bay, Ontario. I was photographing a Cedar Waxwing when I heard a noise and discovered the snake slowly swallowing the frog. One of the photos was a runner-up in a photo contest about the preservation of nature which I found a little ironic.

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge is Twisted.

Twisted into an S.