I know this picture would be more appropriate for Trek Nature but still .., having grown up in a home with numerous snakes I found it fascinating.
The ring or water snake (german: Ringelnatter) is not an uncommon sight around the eastern Finnish lakes. This beautiful example lived in and around the sauna hut at my in laws place in Punkaharju in eastern Finland. Every morning it was basking in the sun on the stones of the staircase leading down to the lake. I was especially intrigued by its bright blue eyes.
Natrix Natrix can be found almost everywhere from northern Africa up to Scandinavia. It is a non venomous snake, about 4 feet long and lives normally close to fresh water where it feeds mainly of amphibians such as frogs. It likes to hide under stones or rotting wood where forest meet water. As with most snakes it needs to regulate its body temperature with basking in the sun.
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Nicou (120410) 2014-07-13 7:17
Avec cet il l tout bleu quelle vue et image superbe compo et captage et ce rendu sur le peu quelle vue superbe détail et image.
Bravo et amitié
snunney (82547) 2014-07-13 7:47
Great capture of this basking snake with its curious blue eye. I like the play of light across the beautifully detailed scales.
SnapRJW (30911) 2014-07-13 8:47
Hello Daniel - I do not like snakes at all and if I was unlucky enough to stumble upon one, the last thing I would do would be to stop and take photographs of it. Fortunately I see that this specimen is harmless. You have captured the details on the scales well but it is the eyes that fascinate.
Have a good week and warm regards
jemaflor (83711) 2014-07-13 9:02
Impressionnant serpent, superbe luminosité et ton dorés et puis excellent cet oeil bleu, un bon effet qui attire l'oeil !
jcpix (13560) 2014-07-13 11:40
Well, this will certainly strike a healthy dose of fear into those that have a phobia with serpents. :) It is a beautiful snake indeed, and as you mention, those turquoise eyes are fascinating and contrast so well against the otherwise muted tones. I love the fact you composed this to include a blurred portion along the bottom of the frame, giving a better sense of distance. And in irony with that previous sentence, this is a frightfully close look at natures beauty...even if it's not venomous, it can still make one a bit nervous. Interesting to know this is not uncommon either, not something I would have guessed to be found here. You really do learn something new every day. :) Have a great week ahead. Take good care.
tyro (20018) 2014-07-14 2:00
What an interesting and informative note you have written! I had never thought that snakes would be prevalent in Finland, always associating them with much warmer climes such as Africa and Australia. We have relatively few in Britain and they are mostly small but this fellow sounds quite sizeable at four feet in length.
Maybe this would have been better posted on TN but I've posted several pictures of birds, squirrels, etc. here and no-one seems to have objected!
You have caught this creature beautifully here and that bright blue eye to which you refer in your note is perfectly seen in exquisite detail. Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and well presented too.
delpeoples (53001) 2014-07-14 2:14
Salut cher Daniel
I have indeed learnt something new today: I never knew that there were snakes of any description in Scandinavia. And what amazing blue eyes he has. Excellent close up, impressive details and definition. Nice work!
PS: Thanks for your kind words on the mining photo, they mean a lot
jhm (138230) 2014-07-14 4:20
Indeed these is for TN, but I like these picture certainly here on TE perfect suitable.
Wonderful nice details of these snake.
Sharpness and clarity are perfect.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice week,
Noel_Byrne (23274) 2014-07-14 12:17
What a beautiful animal, it's eyes are mesmerising. Such a vivid blue, I would not like to be a frog around this guy :) it much be very cool to have nature of this sort so close to home, and he has provided you the perfect pose for a beautiful portrait study. Very nicely done.
abmdsudi (42618) 2014-07-15 11:28
I like this image, despite being a non venomous grass snake there is a certain menace to it. Fantastic capture, lovely focus on the emerald eyes with excellent detail on the textures of the scales. An excellent capture with great timing, exposure and contrast. Great capture, Congrats, TFS
bukitgolfb301 (35436) 2014-07-15 11:58
Hi dear Daniel, how are you recently?
Another great nature sereies from you!
So wonderful composed framework via wise usage his swing and curved body. What a marvelous and splendidily color touch - light at all!
All the best and have a good day! Takero from hot Tokyo
fabbs99 (16163) 2014-07-15 23:05
The blue eyes of the snake look beautiful.Nice image, sharp with good details, well saturated colors and nice composition. Well done.Keep sharing.
John_F_Kennedy (42062) 2014-07-17 6:10
A nice picture with good composition and POV. Framing and composition are wonderful.
Silvio1953 (120608) 2014-07-20 5:54
Ciao Daniel, great portrait of fantastic snake, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
swapankumarroy (2837) 2014-08-10 8:09
Interesting article about this snake and I learn something from it. Excellent composition and sharpness. Special feature its blue eyes. Color balance and light are good.
best wishes and thanks for sharing.