Garter Snake Figure Eight

garter snake

 

We found this garter snake at Fort Snelling State Park. I was taking pictures when my dad came closer to it, and it coiled up quickly, took a few bluffing strikes, and ended up slithering away. I shot a bunch of pictures while it was coiling up, and this was one of the most interesting. Its a striking figure eight shape. This picture actually wasn’t zoomed in so far, but I could zoom in a lot in post production to catch the details on its scales and the red colors running down the side.

Deer at Fort Snelling State Park

deer

This is one recent photo I was pretty happy with. There were two deer hanging out fairly close to the trails and visitors center, and they were pretty tame too. They kept a careful eye on us and would leave of course if we got closer, but they were in perfect range for my 75-300mm telephoto. After taking a bunch of photos of them in the forest (most of which didn’t turn out well due to twigs blocking the deer) I saw an opportunity when this one went to cross the trail.