a First Person Shooter of Sorts

August 17, 2009

the timber rattler I saw yesterday

1. I submit for your consideration one timber rattler, approximate age 14 years old, who was cooperative enough to let me take these photos of it.

2. A good set of rattles… it acquires a new one each time it sheds. They shed every 1-2 years… 1.4 years on average (thus my age estimate).


4. I’m glad it was mellow.


6. The reason I was up there… to see the Pinnacle Mountain Fire Tower



9. There was a combination of two reasons that stopped me from going to the top. First, the stairs were missing. You can see where the stairs should be there is still a handrail, and brackets for the steps. I was game to climb this, and began doing so. That’s when the second factor kicked in… a nest full of very energetic hornets was being shaken with each step I took, and they began to swarm. I didn’t want to get up there and get attacked while unable to make a quick (and safe) descent, so I decided discretion was the better part of valor.

10. The building at the base of the tower.




14. In addition to venomous snakes, there was an abundant variety of mushrooms in the area.







  1. Awesome shots.

    where were these shots taken at??


    Comment by cherokeebydesign — August 17, 2009 @ 11:53 am

  2. Wow great shots… What kind of camera and zoom do you use?
    Congrats and keep up the good work

    Comment by Justin — August 17, 2009 @ 12:11 pm

  3. @Raven … these were taken near Erwin TN, near the Pinnacle Mountain Fire Tower.

    @Justin… These were taken with a Canon 5d Mk II and a Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO DG OS HSM.

    Comment by Vaughn — August 17, 2009 @ 1:25 pm

  4. wow! Beautiful pictures!

    Comment by Nikki Hahn — August 17, 2009 @ 6:12 pm

  5. awesome!!!! i love the picture 11,….is just beautiful!

    Comment by sshanel — August 17, 2009 @ 10:00 pm

  6. very nice and nice

    Comment by bwdiamonds — August 17, 2009 @ 11:36 pm

  7. fantastic shots..

    Comment by trisha — August 18, 2009 @ 1:48 am

  8. You take really great photos! I love how the colors are so vibrant, especially the object you are focusing at. Not to curtail your photography skill in any way, but your camera must be very nice as your skills. One thing I was disappointed was that there were no photos of the hornets’ nest! I guess you couldn’t get that close to insects that sting you with venom… lol, then again, you took pictures of a rattle snake!

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