I photographed this Watersnake swimming toward me in an area known as the Lower Scarborough which is at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. Watersnakes are abundant in Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma.

Watersnake Swimming Toward Me
Watersnake Swimming Toward Me

How I Got The Photo – Watersnake Swimming Toward Me

I parked on the side of the tour road at the Lower Scarborough Slough. I had my camera and lens resting on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Lens: EF500mm f/4L IS USM


  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date and Time Taken: May 31, 2020 (07:37:13 A.M.)
  • Aperture Priority
  • Aperture: f5.6
  • Shutter speed: 1/2500 sec. (as determined by the camera)
  • ISO: 800
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Metering Mode: Evaluative
  • Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
  • Back-button Focus
  • Single Point Focus
  • Focal Length: 500 mm
  • Processed With Luminar 4

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