Jonathan Foust

May 25, 2009

It’s a Jungle Out There

Filed under: Nature, Photography — jonathanfoust @ 10:48 am

The heat is bringing out the bugs … and the snakes!  This first creature was right along the path next to the river.

A mild-mannered resident of River Bend Park.

A mild-mannered resident of River Bend Park.

Sunday was the first day of kayaking.  The flow is pretty strong right now so it’s a great workout to head up river until nicely tired, then float back and play around the rocks and eddies.  I came upon this creature who didn’t seem to mind me cycling back a few times to try to get a better shot.   Since I don’t have a waterproof camera and the current was pretty strong, I didn’t get that sharp a shot, but I did get close enough to pay my respects.  It’s hard to get perspective, but this creature was huge!

Catching some rays.
This is one serious serpent.


  1. That’s a mighty impressive serpent. Hope it’s not poisonous!

    Comment by Ellen — May 25, 2009 @ 3:01 pm

  2. pretty awesome! Perhaps instead of the “no wading” signs, they should just put up these pictures! 🙂

    Comment by Sylvia — May 26, 2009 @ 8:22 am

  3. This is a beautiful and non-venomous Northern Watersnake.

    Comment by Cathy — May 26, 2009 @ 6:46 pm

    • So glad to know what it is. Thank you! I’m really happy to know it’s non-venomous!

      Comment by jonathanfoust — May 26, 2009 @ 7:01 pm

  4. For me..I would say you got way close enough!! The only part of me that the snake would have seen was my back, paddling the other way!

    Comment by Sherry — May 28, 2009 @ 10:36 pm

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