Rattlesnake  

KC_JJ 55M
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8/17/2006 4:07 am

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Rattlesnake

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Rattlesnake

Another ancient painting of mine. Acrylics on gessoed masonite panel. 18"x12". It was painted somewhere around 1983. The snake itself was first spotted in the forest in a wilderness area in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the summer of 1978. I first cornered it against a large tree trunk and then photographed it from behind it once it assumed the defensively coiled striking position. Decoyed to take the particular positioning it did via use of an old pie tin found nearby.

I guess I almost deserved to get bitten by it since I sort of messed with it a bit. I mean I did not physically harm it but I'm sure that I must have scared the daylights out of it in all the mainpulations I went through getting it positioned well for a photo.

Quite a beautiful creature though and humble in it's own way. It's ridiculous to fear them or cast them in a bad light as this one seemed to be harboring no ill intents. I think it wished I would just go way and leave it be. Which I did once I got the goods on film. And of course after I got it to strike at the old pie tin that I had found by placing it directly in front of it like a mirror.

I think I was 15 when I photographed it and 20 when I did the painting.


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nutmegnutmeg 36F

8/17/2006 6:18 am

That's great, I wish I could see a larger image of it. I used to love playing with snakes when I was a kid, the non-venomous variety Garden snakes can still be intimidating when you are 6 or 7 years old though.

Oh, and thanks for being the 100th comment on my blog I'm sure all the girls do want to you

Nutmeg

Always and in All Ways

Nutmeg


velvetgrrrl 40F

8/17/2006 8:39 am

How is it that those most dangerous tend to be the most beautiful as well? So much sometimes that the venom of their bite doens't bother you as you continue to admire it and let it drag you under

`Velvet
Hell is when u should have walked away, but u didn't.


Transblucency 45M

8/17/2006 10:21 am

Wow, that is an awesome painting, as far as I can tell. I really like the almost screen-printed quality in the shapes and color contrast - it's like the background rock almost came sinuously alive.

I think this is my favorite of yours so far.


KC_JJ 55M

8/17/2006 7:14 pm

    Quoting nutmegnutmeg:
    That's great, I wish I could see a larger image of it. I used to love playing with snakes when I was a kid, the non-venomous variety Garden snakes can still be intimidating when you are 6 or 7 years old though.

    Oh, and thanks for being the 100th comment on my blog I'm sure all the girls do want to you

    Nutmeg
Hi DoubleNutmeg,

Wow, this is the first time I've ever scored one of those high number comment things. Isthmus be my lucky day!

I saw one huge garter snake right behind my bedroom about a month ago but for this year that's been all the snake action I've seen. Unless I count time spent with my own trusty trouser snake. But I guess that's a different class of reptile alltogether.

Ps. Where'd your photo go?

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KC_JJ 55M

8/17/2006 7:25 pm

    Quoting nutmegnutmeg:
    That's great, I wish I could see a larger image of it. I used to love playing with snakes when I was a kid, the non-venomous variety Garden snakes can still be intimidating when you are 6 or 7 years old though.

    Oh, and thanks for being the 100th comment on my blog I'm sure all the girls do want to you

    Nutmeg
Hi Velvetgrrrl,

Thanks for stopping by.

You may already know this but you can see a slightly larger image by going out to the larger blog view (as opposed to the specific post view) and then clicking on the image itself. A new window will then open with the slightly larger image in it.

And for another recent poisonous critter post of mine check out...Camel Scorpion

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KC_JJ 55M

8/17/2006 7:31 pm

    Quoting Transblucency:
    Wow, that is an awesome painting, as far as I can tell. I really like the almost screen-printed quality in the shapes and color contrast - it's like the background rock almost came sinuously alive.

    I think this is my favorite of yours so far.
Hi TB,

This has also been one of own favorites too. Some of my work is crap but this one's not in that bag.

Luckily I dug up a bunch of the good stuff. But surely I will stumble upon my old crap at some point.

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KC_JJ 55M

8/17/2006 7:33 pm

Hi Silk,

So glad you enjoyed it. Much more art stuff soon to come too.

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nutmegnutmeg 36F

8/18/2006 9:32 am

My pic? I didn't know it went anywhere! damn, I'll have to upload some more

Always and in All Ways

Nutmeg


everynormaldayus 49M/45F

8/18/2006 10:50 am

I still don't like snakes.. or alligators. It creeps me out how they can stand straight up. (The snakes not the alligators, now that would be funny to see.. a walking alligator.. Isn't that a hodsg?) hmm.. I'm never going to Rhinelander now.


KC_JJ 55M

8/18/2006 4:45 pm

    Quoting everynormaldayus:
    I still don't like snakes.. or alligators. It creeps me out how they can stand straight up. (The snakes not the alligators, now that would be funny to see.. a walking alligator.. Isn't that a hodsg?) hmm.. I'm never going to Rhinelander now.
hi everynormaldayus,

I like those Ausralian lizards that run on two feet and I think the Cobras are the master stander uppers of the snake world. Not sure what a hodsg is. And I'll have to look up Rhinelander. Is that some sort of reptile festival in Germany?

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KC_JJ 55M

8/18/2006 4:54 pm

    Quoting everynormaldayus:
    I still don't like snakes.. or alligators. It creeps me out how they can stand straight up. (The snakes not the alligators, now that would be funny to see.. a walking alligator.. Isn't that a hodsg?) hmm.. I'm never going to Rhinelander now.
I googled rhineland alligator and got...

Rhinelander, Wisconsin

The fearsome Hodag, terror of the pine forests of northern Wisconsin, was first seen by a man named Eugene Shepard in 1893, in the woods outside of Rhinelander. Supposedly a resurrection of the restless spirit of dead lumber oxen, the Hodag reported by Shepard was a 200-pound, seven-foot-long, lizard-like beast covered with horns.

[Hodag atop a bar.] He tried to capture it, failed, and then blew it up with dynamite. His second attempt in 1896, with a backup crew of lumberjacks, was more successful. He cornered a Hodag in its den and knocked it out with a chloroform sponge on a pole.

Oddly enough, this was just before the opening of the Oneida County Fair -- in which the captured Hodag proved to be the most popular attraction, with Shepard offering glimpses of the creature for a dime a peek (from the far end of a dimly-lit tent). After the fair Shepard quit his job as timber cruiser, took up one as a real-estate broker, and spent the rest of his life promoting Rhinelander and the Hodag that had made it famous.

Flying in the face of conventional wisdom, people were drawn to Rhinelander because it had a monster.

The trademarked version of the Hodag? at the Chamber of Commerce. (photo of phony monster)

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concupiscentKid 41M

8/20/2006 8:41 am

Great image, good value scheme, and coloration.
It looks like it has a coon tail, but I can't tell
if the white stripes are wider than the black.
Did you id it as a Mojave rattler or a Western Diamondback?
The Mojave would be less likely to bite but has more neurotoxins
in its venom.
Of course your right about the fear of snakes being overblown.
Most snakebites are dry and most snakes would rather retreat.


KC_JJ 55M

8/25/2006 2:07 am

    Quoting concupiscentKid:
    Great image, good value scheme, and coloration.
    It looks like it has a coon tail, but I can't tell
    if the white stripes are wider than the black.
    Did you id it as a Mojave rattler or a Western Diamondback?
    The Mojave would be less likely to bite but has more neurotoxins
    in its venom.
    Of course your right about the fear of snakes being overblown.
    Most snakebites are dry and most snakes would rather retreat.
Your zookeeper level snake smarts are going over my head as I would not even quality as the lowliest of armchair herpetologists.

I'll still try to dig up the photos I once took at the New Orleans Reptile experience of those funky assed Gadoon Vipers we once discussed. Those things were truly surreal!

There was a very odd crocodillian thing there too called a gavail that was not your everyday reptillian critter as well. I may just make a post on that thing just for the hell of it rather soon.

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Whispersoftly5 53F
15176 posts
8/25/2006 12:38 pm

Snakes can be very cool! I used to have a Reticulated Python. My oldest brother had a Rattle Snake for a pet when he lived in Colorado. He would love this painting and I do love it! Very nice!


KC_JJ 55M

11/28/2006 4:52 am

    Quoting Whispersoftly5:
    Snakes can be very cool! I used to have a Reticulated Python. My oldest brother had a Rattle Snake for a pet when he lived in Colorado. He would love this painting and I do love it! Very nice!
That reticulated python sounds like an exotic snake.

On a somewhat random note, I looked up the old friend who's father owned the property I took this picture on and he's now some sort of PhD'd professor of biochemistry at University of the Carribean in Barbados. Hadn't heard anything about him in over 20 years.

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WhaleBlokeSages
(What the fuck is this shit..?? *rolls eyes*)
106F

6/13/2007 8:05 am

Thats Beautiful ... Your a rare person as I have always felt the same as you about Rattlers..People fear what they don't understand..!!..I was walking one evening just when they come out to warm them selves for the nights hunt..and this 3 foot (if not more) Diamond back was just doing Her thing...stretching out,warming herself and I was about 10 feet from her...I stopped and walked real slow up to wards her and she just flicked her tongue, sensed that I was there, then just slowly turned around and went back into the bush ..I was in aw of her size and quiet beauty...what a gift...Few people would appreciate that but I did and I know you would have too..!!..Thanks for sharing..!!

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