53 – Coiled
What better exemplifies this scene than a snake? We found this little feller crossing the road in Northern AZ so we stopped to take his picture. My buddy who is a reptile guy says he is either a Prairie Rattler or a young Arizona Black Rattlesnake (as they are not black until they are mature and this was a little guy). Hubby thought it was a sidewinder because that’s how it moved but my reptile guy says most young/small rattlesnakes move that way. I decided to forego a longer exposure, trying to get his rattles blurred because he was moving so much, and as luck would have it my quick shutter caught his tongue out. I know I look like I’m up in his face but this was with 300mm zoom. :)
I intended to do nothing but crop this because it was great. The colors were nice and everything was the way I liked it. Then, just because, I started playing with Topaz Adjust and of all things the recover highlights preset really made it crazy beautiful.