Janet Brien

Janet Brien

Posted on 04/18/2014


Photo taken on October 21, 2012


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Bokeh - the blurry way of photography

K is for Killer Kingsnake (+ 10 more inset images!)

K is for Killer Kingsnake (+ 10 more inset images!) 

+ 10 more inset images above in notes! :)

"Killer" is also slang for "cool", which is what this stunning, beautiful, gentle and non-venomous snake is!

I found this amazing California Mountain Kingsnake on our property 1.5 years ago and when I discovered that this reclusive species is actually quite common in this area, we decided it would be ok to keep him as a pet. Affectionately named "Snakey McSnakerton", he's doing great and growing larger with each passing month. When I found him (we don't actually know the gender, but call it a male!), Snakey was about 10" long, and is now about 16".

There are about 45 species of Kingsnakes, which also include Milksnakes. They come in a large number of colors from solid black to almost white, with a dizzying variety of patterns. In fact, some species, such as this one, mimic the highly venomous coral snake, which only lives in the southern States. (NEVER approach a snake unless you are SURE it's harmless!) Kingsnakes are among the most popular pet snakes due to their docile, friendly dispositions and ease of care. In the wild, they are secretive, usually moving about during the day, and eat rodents, reptiles and birds.

If you would like to know more about Kingsnakes, Wiki has a nice page here: Wiki: Kingsnake

This picture uses some texture in the background, courtesy of Jerry Jones: Soft-Faux-n-Grunge-Bokeh

Explored on April 18, 2014. Highest placement, #2.

Marta Wojtkowska, Tone, My Awake Gottica (m.a.g), Pearl's World and 123 other people have particularly liked this photo


132 comments - The latest ones
PhLB - Luc Boonen
PhLB - Luc Boonen
non venomous, but compensating it with threatening colours
3 years ago.
Mike (Bogger3)
Mike (Bogger3)
Beautiful coloured snake Janet,
Seen in Ipernity Addicts
3 years ago.
Bergamote
Bergamote
Un très beau spécimen !!!!!!!!!! belle photo
Chris
3 years ago.
Indira Nair
Indira Nair
Wow....wonderful, Janet!
3 years ago.
Dean Morley (mostly off)
Dean Morley (mostly…
What a superb collection of images, Janet, and I'm glad to read that you had no danger of being poisoned whilst creating them. Have a happy and peaceful Easter weekend :-).
3 years ago.
ivlys
ivlys
Great colours, a wonderful snake, excellently presented!
3 years ago.
Julien Rappaport
Julien Rappaport
Belle série , bravo !
3 years ago.
.t.a.o.n.
.t.a.o.n.
a beautyful friend you have !
3 years ago.
tapaculo99
tapaculo99
some very nice photos, and what a neat animal!
3 years ago.
guenievre
guenievre
Les couleurs sont splendides!
3 years ago.
Mitch Seaver
Mitch Seaver
Fantastic!
3 years ago.
sunlight
sunlight
Fantastisch ! *******
3 years ago.
Angela Miller
Angela Miller
I like the way you composed it and your use of shallow DOF. It is a lovely creature.
3 years ago.
Chantal HILLENVECK dite Chalâme
Chantal HILLENVECK d…
Quand le sublime atteint ce niveau de qualité, c'est enthousiasment ************ !
3 years ago.
Ron Hanko
Ron Hanko
What a beautiful and colorful creature, Janet. Beautiful photo, too. Have a friend who has a Kingsnake and you are right about them being very docile.
3 years ago.
Jean
Jean
A lovely series. He's a very handsome beastie. Beautiful colours.
3 years ago.
Evangrek63
Evangrek63
wow...fantastic
3 years ago.
Dave Seargeant
Dave Seargeant
Nice image, wonderful looking creature. Very colourful.
3 years ago.
Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre
What fantastic photos, such a pretty snake. I do love the ''sweetie'' colours.
3 years ago.
Marie Tissier
Marie Tissier
Is it easy to find it in California ? More in the mountains ? Any opportunity near lake Tahoe ? I like his colors but prefer to avoid snakes ( we sometimes meet vipers in France on the Loire river and they aren't friendly !)
3 years ago.
Danielle
Danielle
Chère Janet tu possèdes un grand talent pour tes création si MAGNIFIQUES !
J'ai tellement aimé voir toutes tes photos si belles !!!!
Continue de nous émerveiller et Joyeuses Pâques !
Je t'invite à rejoindre le groupe (La Maison du Bonheur) pour y placer tes belles photos dès leur parution.
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
Larry Drummond
Larry Drummond
A fascinating pet!! Beautiful, too.
3 years ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Awesome capture!
3 years ago.
Rita Guimaraes
Rita Guimaraes
Snakey is superb and very charming.
(I´m laughing with his name and gender)

Such an amazing capture!
Wishing you and your family a wonderful Easter. (don´t forget to give Snakey a little chocolate egg)
;-)
3 years ago.
Gypsy Flores
Gypsy Flores
what a beauty
3 years ago.
Jenny Grimm
Jenny Grimm
great series of photos. so many people are so afraid of snakes. I never am. I think they are beautiful creatures
3 years ago.
Dave Linscheid
Dave Linscheid
As beautiful as a snake can be, and I love the textured background.
An impressive portrait!
3 years ago.
tiabunna
tiabunna
Snakey McSnakerton is indeed very photogenic. What lovely markings! A great series of images, Janet.
3 years ago.
Hélène chevillard
Hélène chevillard
très très belle photo !!!!!
3 years ago.
Ms.Wisteria
Ms.Wisteria
Beautiful shot
3 years ago.
Stormlizard
Stormlizard
A Beautiful Snake Janet. Yes as you say they do what many other creatures do by using the markings of less than "Nice" creatures as a form of protection from predators.
Hover Fly pretend to be Wasps, a well know example.
3 years ago.
Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen
Fascinating shot !!
(like the info too)
3 years ago.
Chrissy S
Chrissy S
Fabulous photo Janet, he is very cool!
3 years ago.
Monica Meeneghan
Monica Meeneghan
A wonderful find & series, Janet. I'm glad it's non-venomous!
3 years ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Incredible photos.
3 years ago.
Penny
Penny
Oh he's amazing. What wonderful colour :)
3 years ago.
Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins
Snakey is really lovely and so are your portraits of him! I would love to touch a snake. We have none in N.Z. but my daughter held one in Australia and said it was warm and soft. I looked when I was over there but didn't see any except asleep in a cage at a zoo!
3 years ago.
Janet Brien has replied to Eunice Perkins
They ARE warm and soft, smooth and lovely to feel both with your fingers, and also, to feel the sensation of them undulating their muscles when they move around your arm or hand! :)
3 years ago.
Doris Weißschnur
Doris Weißschnur
Klasse! Tolle Schärfentiefe.
3 years ago.
Rachel2
Rachel2
Superb series! He is handsome! Out of curiosity, what do you feed him?
3 years ago.
koaxial
koaxial
hehe .... he has an incredible coloring! - very nice!! - wish you great easter holidays, Janet!
3 years ago.
Marcello Ciappi
Marcello Ciappi
What an awesome capture! Amazing work, my friend!
Happy Aester.
3 years ago.
Maria Zarębska
Maria Zarębska
Absolutely fantastic series !!!!!
3 years ago.
Rambonp
Rambonp
Wow !!! Bravo !
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++All are Superb !!!! Have an enjoyable weekend !!!
3 years ago.
Vicky Hollenbeck
Vicky Hollenbeck
He (she) is a beauty and you've photographed it so nicely! Wonderful brilliant colors and lines. That's a nice touch to add the layer of bokeh. We have a L. getulus (California kingsnake) that was a rescue...they are wonderful creatures.
3 years ago.
s@ssyl@ssy
s@ssyl@ssy
oh he's so cute & tiny !!!!
awesome capture Janet :)))
3 years ago.
Lucy K
Lucy K
Wonderful focus control, which give the light the opportunity it needs to show off the fabulous colour and texture of the snake skin
3 years ago.
Claudine Gaulier-Denis
Claudine Gaulier-Den…
j'aime
3 years ago.
APEX
APEX
Superbe
3 years ago.
Shilo
Shilo
This is wonderful!
3 years ago.
Jon Smith
Jon Smith
that's super work janet!
3 years ago.
Bruce Oakley
Bruce Oakley
Great looking and detailed shot. Great background info too.
3 years ago.
Richard Nuttall
Richard Nuttall
Really well done -ace DOF and sharpness
3 years ago.
dgmphoto
dgmphoto
Very attractive colours, very nice image
3 years ago.
niraK68
niraK68
superb series
3 years ago.
Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda
Made extraordinary ..
Magistral Janet ... superb series
Good Sunday.
3 years ago.
Larry Drummond
Larry Drummond
Congrats on Explore!
3 years ago.
Antonio Diaz  Pedraza
Antonio Diaz Pedraz…
Espectacular
3 years ago.
Coco
Coco
Beautiful.
3 years ago.
Horizon 36
Horizon 36
Amazing...fantastic...great shot...well done Janet.
3 years ago.
Pam J
Pam J
He is beautiful...

Sadly we have the venomous Copperheads here.. who bite first and and far from nice. The Pygmy Rattlers at least warn and tend to sneak off and leave you alone
3 years ago.
Nyske
Nyske
I'm not fond of snakes, but I love your photo.
3 years ago.
Katie Rose
Katie Rose
Lovely shot!
3 years ago.
Keith Burton
Keith Burton
WOW Janet...........this is such a beautiful snake and your photographs capture it in all it's colourful glory! I'm really glad you showed it being held in a hand.........as it's difficult to see it's size (unless you are familiar with snakes - which I'm not). An absolutely brilliant subject for "K" and I can't wait to see what you come up with next!!
3 years ago.
Marcos
Marcos
Una colección de fotos impresionante. Tienen unos color preciosos.
3 years ago.
Angela Parker
Angela Parker
Oh my word! what a fantastic series of shots!!
3 years ago.
Colin
Colin
Great series of snake images Janet.
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
Nora Caracci VERY BUSY
Nora Caracci VERY BU…
wow, he is very beautiful and very little !
superb series, thanks for sharing !
3 years ago.
Sigmund
Sigmund
A true beauty :-))
3 years ago.
Ian Grainger
Ian Grainger
How wonderful! What a great series! He's such a beautiful series of colours!
3 years ago.
Willard Joudrey
Willard Joudrey
super capture Janet, a real beauty
3 years ago.
Kate
Kate
What's Hot!
www.ipernity.com/explore/whatshot

Congratulations for being selected on Explore (What's hot) for this fabulous image, it's so well deserved! Please have a marvelous Easter Sunday too!
3 years ago.
Sylvain Wiart
Sylvain Wiart
Thanks for the link !
Killer of rattlesnake ?
3 years ago.
Nick Boren Photography
Nick Boren Photograp…
Your such a fabulous macro photographer dear Janet.. Love this.. ;-) hugs
3 years ago.
Chrissy
Chrissy
WOOOOOOOOOOW Luck lucky Janet. We have only two kind of snakes here. They are not as colorful as your buddy here and they are not easy to find. The composition here is perfect. It looks like it stacks itself :-D. I Love the great details too.
3 years ago.
Joan+
Joan+
A lovely snake, so colourful

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3 years ago.
Marsa
Marsa
very beautiful capture

Terrific Shot!!
Thanks for Posting in
The Hawk's Aerie!!
3 years ago.
Nora Caracci VERY BUSY
Nora Caracci VERY BU…
here again, too beautiful !

Terrific Shot!!

Thanks for Posting in
The Hawk's Aerie!!
3 years ago.
Charlie
Charlie
EXCEPTIONNEL !!!!!!
3 years ago.
Charlie
Charlie
EXCEPTIONNEL !!!
3 years ago.
Kate
Kate
Thank you very much for participating in our group, it's very much appreciated. Please have a fabulous week ahead! Beautiful image and marvelous colours on this snake!

For the Cure!

Think Pink!
Breast Cancer Awareness!
3 years ago.
bluehazyjunem
bluehazyjunem
What a fantastic series.
Fabulous photos.
3 years ago.
pajmcb
pajmcb
Cracking shot, Janet!
Lovely image!
3 years ago.
Dynamo
Dynamo
wow, incredible...
3 years ago.
Gilles Barattini
Gilles Barattini
image intéressante
3 years ago.
Pablo Herrero F.
Pablo Herrero F.
Extaordinarias tomas!!!*** Pero a mi las serpientes me dan un poquito de miedo !!
3 years ago.
Prairie Rambler
Prairie Rambler
A beautiful display of repetitious pattern and colors. Excellent series, Janet!
3 years ago.
Zepa
Zepa
bravo
3 years ago.
Vonderwaterkant
Vonderwaterkant
Die Schönheit der Schlangen....toll eingefangen!
3 years ago.
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3 years ago.
Tess Mc Kenna
Tess Mc Kenna
3 years ago.
Puzzler4879
Puzzler4879
An awesome pet, and a striking and superb shot, Janet! I love the name you gave him/her. My favorite snake is the Milksnake. Congrats on Explore!
3 years ago.
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3 years ago.
Steve Harland
Steve Harland
Beautiful shot.
3 years ago.
Annemarie
Annemarie
amazing this!
3 years ago.
pajmcb
pajmcb
Awesome!

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3 years ago.
Christiane
Christiane
Yes, what a beautiful animal !
.... and all your photographs are fantastic ! ******
3 years ago.
Kaunos
Kaunos
A great shot, and a beautiful snake.
3 years ago.
Stephen Drew
Stephen Drew
Lovely shots of "Snakey". Great colour, and you did well to focus - not easy when something is on the move. Well done Janet
3 years ago.