In today’s blog post, let’s talk about a cool moment I had at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. I was driving along the auto tour road when I saw something awesome: a Ratsnake crawling over some rocks.
So, here’s what happened. I was driving down the auto tour road, just enjoying the outdoors and hoping to see some cool animals. And then, out of nowhere, I spotted a Ratsnake. It was moving gracefully over the rocky ground, doing its snake thing.
I knew I had to get a better look, so I parked my truck a bit away and slowly got closer to the snake. I didn’t want to scare it, so I took my time. When I was close enough, I sat down and took a picture of the snake on the rocks.
The snake’s skin and the rough rocks made a neat pattern, and I wanted to capture that in my photo. It was a peaceful moment, and the snake looked right at home among the rocks.
Thinking about this experience, I feel lucky to see these things and share them. It’s moments like this that make me love what I do. Exploring Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge is always an adventure, and I’m excited to keep taking pictures and sharing them with you.
I hope you enjoy the story of this Ratsnake as much as I enjoyed being there to see it. Nature is pretty amazing, and I’m glad I can show you a bit of its magic. Keep an eye out for more stories from my adventures. Until then, take care and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors!
Steve Creek, Wildlife Photographer
- Camera: Fujifilm X-T3
- Lens: Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II USM (attached with a Fringer EF-FX Pro)
I exited my pickup to photograph this Ratsnake while hand-holding my camera.
- Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
- Date Taken: June 4, 2020
- Aperture Priority
- Aperture: f5.6
- Shutter speed: 1/75 sec. (as determined by the camera)
- ISO: 3200
- Exposure Compensation: +1
- Focal Length: 400 mm