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Check this photo & watch out for rattlesnakes while hiking!

By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, June 9th, 2010 at 7:50 am in Rattlesnake.

Camouflaged rattlesnake by Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek, CA
rattlesnake by brian murphy

Gary:
Wandering around to look at things off trail, it is very important to pay attention where you walk.

The lighting in the above photo on a cool overcast morning in the open space is perfect, not a lot of visual clues except some out of place dark object in the weeds.   The photo doesn’t reflect the process of trying to figure out what it was, then what kind it was as the light bands were deceptive until I noticed the rattles.

So lets enjoy the great outdoors and pay attention!
Brian, Walnut Creek, CA

Brian:
As you say: Look at the photo carefully and watch out for rattlesnakes! /Gary

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One Response to “Check this photo & watch out for rattlesnakes while hiking!”

  1. Sylvia Lundy Says:

    Gary, Just yesterday my cousin was hiking in eastern Washington state and reported almost having stepped on a rattlesnake. Would it be worthwhile for hikers to carry pepper spray or wasp/hornet spray at the ready in case suddenly they see a rattler organizing itself to strike? i.e. would the spray have no rapid effect? or trigger the desired flee instinct? or just make the defense instinct stronger? She was seriously frightened and very fortunate to have been able to jump away. Thanks!

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