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


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.