Wednesday, August 15, 2007


As old as Genesis, the serpent always attracts a crowd. Fascinating, but repulsive. The rattlesnake, especially the Eastern Diamond, is the super snake to many people. Even the scientific name, Crotalus adamanteus, sounds awesome.
Of the dozens of rattlesnakes I was asked to photograph over the years, this is my favorite. I was just as caught up into the excitement as the people in the picture. James Love (holding the snake) killed it at Shotgun Coleman's farm near Tarrytown. Of course everybody dropped what they were doing and drove to Soperton, where I was glad to make the picture, whether at my house or in the street.
It doesn't get any better than this.

Posted by Bill Ricks of Soperton

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