Search

John Hadden Photography

Photography of the Natural World

Category

Adirondacks

Forest Battle

snake-toad-1
The garter snake pounces

While descending Hurricane Mountain a week or so ago, I spooked a large garter snake (probably 28-30″ long with a inch-and-a-half diameter). I stopped stock still and watched as he was obviously hunting—his tongue darting as he poked under a fallen tree and in the leaf litter. Without warning, he struck at something I didn’t see—a toad hidden under a layer of leaves. The battle ensued. Robin and I watched for a good 10 minutes as the struggle between snake and rather large toad played out…

snake-toad-2
The snake gets the toad out of the leaf litter
snake-toad-3
The toad holds on to a stick
snake-toad-4
The toad manages to get its head out of the snake’s mouth
snake-toad-5
The toad struggles to pull away
snake-toad-6
The snake manages to grap the toad’s head again…

Moments after this last shot, the snake righted itself, lifted the toad a good 6″ off the forest floor, and sped out of sight into cover to finish the job. We could only stand in awe at the power, strength, and persistence of the snake—and yes, we had some remorse for the toad. Such is life in the forest.

Photos taken with a Panasonic GM5 and Lumix 12-32mm lens.

Poke-o-Moonshine

poke-o-moonshine
Looking southeast from the summit of Poke-o-Moonshine

Fall foliage is approaching peak color in parts of the Adirondacks. The view from the top of Poke-o-Moonshine was stunning the other day. Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains are visible along the horizon in this view to the southeast.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 9-18mm lens @ 9mm, circular polarizing filter, ISO 800, f/16, 1/160″ exposure.

Crepuscular

Crepuscular rays burst from behind the clouds above Indian Lake
Crepuscular rays burst from behind the clouds above Indian Lake

We were paddling on Indian Lake in the Adirondacks the other evening—dodging showers—when the sun streamed out from behind the clouds in a spectacular display of crepuscular rays (a.k.a. “God rays”).

Sony RX100mIII, ISO 125, f/4, 1/60″ exposure.

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑