You might remember the owl fledgling I photographed and posted on a couple of weeks ago. And you might recall that I was on my way home from photographing woodland wildflowers when my neighbor stopped me and alerted me of the owl. Well, I photographed the little owlet for a few minutes, but sensing nervousness in the little guy, left him alone and headed home as it was nearing time for dinner. But I got only a quarter mile down the road and saw this little guy lying stretched out on the gravel road that leads to my driveway.
Not wanting to waste an opportunity, I pulled over and grabbed my camera. As the little guy was lying on the roadway, I positioned myself in front of him and made a few images. Then, I put my gear back into the truck and returned to where he was. Gently, I moved him off the roadway and scooted him on his merry way, back into the wooded area. I’ve always had a love for reptiles, and even housed several in our basement when I was in junior high school … that was, until a 5-foot blacksnake got loose. Mom quickly put an end to my career as a herpetologist! But I still have a fascination for them. And the Rough Green Snake (Opheodrys aestivus) has always been one of my favorites! The green snake is a very mild-tempered tree dwelling snake. Even when picked up, it is extremely rare to be bitten. Their main diet consists of grasshoppers, crickets, spiders and other insects. Here are a few of my favorite images I made “on the way home”: