Sunday, January 31, 2010

Trinidad and Tobago Day 8: The Boas!



These boa constrictors get their own post. Seeing these guys in the wild was a huge highlight for both of us. There were two of them, assuming a male and a female who had just gotten done carrying on some important business. They were slowly emerging from a hole in the ground. The bigger one (most likely the female) was pushing 7.5 feet, the 'smaller' one about 7 feet. Wow! Totally awesome sighting! I could hardly contain myself. (They don't even fit in the frame in the shot below)

The male and female had significant color variations around their tails. Check out the macro shots of their skin and how different the skin is. They both had a really pretty blue sheen at certain angles. So gorgeous.

We watched them for about 30 minutes and I straightened them out so we could attempt to measure them - they're so smooth, I love the way snakes feel. (and did you know that snakes kind of smell good? Weird, but true). I've never had much of a fear of snakes - much to my parent's dismay when I picked up a copperhead at a young age- which is good, because having no fear means better photos! I used three different lenses for the pictures, including the macro.


They were extremely low key. Beautiful snakes.


Eventually, the female slowly snuck away into the forest, but the male took his time. Such a cool experience!


My World Tuesday and Abc Wednesday (C's for constrictor!)

32 comments:

elvira pajarola said...

BRAVISSIMA........FANTASTIC......MAGNIFICIENT SHOTS and the story about this adventure discovering this BEAUTIFUL couple of Boa....SO exciting!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!
Just a great pleasure to read and admire your fabulous work!!!!!!

....oh, we have got a lot of different snakes just around the house and I am lucky enough to admire them often....different species; all completely harmless except the viper; but one learns to life with it in behaving respectfully....there is place for all of us...!
have a fantastic week !!!!!
ciao ciao elvira

jason said...

I can't think of enough good adjectives to describe this. Potent! Magical! Stunning! And a lot more. They're such beautiful creatures, and impressive in size obviously. What a great experience.

I'm terribly fond of snakes (like you, they don't frighten me at all). It's always a thrill to find one, but to find two such awesome specimens and to have them be so agreeable... Well, I'd have been like a kid in a candy store.

Sunny said...

Why is it that snakes smell good? Poppy and Okee smell good. I don't know that you should be smelling boas.

Randi said...

Wow...what incredible captures! Stunning shots and very exotic for me. Your world is really very special!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Jill: That is one big snake, you were certainly brave to get so close.

Gwendolyn L said...

Amazing photos. Great story. I don't think I could have a lens big enough to get close enough to photograph them in such a fashion. Thanks for sharing.

Stine in Ontario said...

Very interesting. But I'm glad to be seeing them in photos and not in person. :)

Sylvia K said...

Terrific captures! And it is one BIG snake!! Marvelous, fascinating post, Jill!!
Enjoy your week!

Sylvia

ewok1993 said...

I couldn't do what you do, I am too afraid of snakes :(

Lovely captures though.

Ann said...

You are very brave like my 9 year old nephew. He has a pet boa in his room. Shall post it sometimes.

Vicky said...

Nice photos, it look huge!!!

Carolyn Ford said...

That is what adventure is all about! How simply wonderful that you have the knowledge to enjoy this find and not have a panic attack! This experience, alone, would make every $ you spent on this trip MORE than worth it! The macro...fabulous!

Kiki said...

Woah..what a super amazing post! Fantastic photos.. and I loved hearing about your adventures! Must have been so exciting to see upclose!The photos are super stellar..seeing their patterns and textures! Yay! Fun post!
Kiki~

Marites said...

oh my! amazing! but i'm afraid of snakes, i'd probably be running away from it the second i see them LOL! Amazing shots though and it's quite interesting that they smell good? Didn't expect that. very informative. I like your post.

Lisa said...

Fabulous photos! If that's you in photo #3 (I think) with the snake, then I LOUDLY applaud your bravery! :)

Jenn said...

Brave, Brave YOU! I may be adventurous but snakes's not my thing. Enjoyed your post so much because It brought me up close with the Boas without have to be physically up close. Thanks!

Carver said...

Wow, you took some wonderful photographs of the beautiful snakes.

Pat said...

Wow, these are fantastic shots of some beautiful boas. You are braver than I am!

Tabib said...

Wow!.. beautiful skin/scales colour - macro shots with 90mm Tamron.
Respect you!

JOE TODD said...

Not many people will get to experience something like that. Good for you

Spiderdama said...

WOW! Don`t think I will try..
Great pictures:-)
Have a nice evening!

photowannabe said...

Amazing pictures. You are far more brave than I. It must have been exciting seeing them in their natural habitat but I will be very happy to just look at your pictures.

Manang Kim said...

This is my greatest phobia snakes! Just by looking at the picture I already had a goosebumps. Lucky you and some other bloggers aren't afraid of snakes. Me I will faint really!! ^_^

C is for Canon

Tumblewords: said...

Terrific post! I'm not fond of snakes but truly enjoyed your spectacular photos and narrative. Amazing work!

Amy said...

Those are really vivid descriptive photos! I can appreciate the beauty better this way than in person I'm afraid!

jay said...

Wow - how lucky you were!

Such gorgeous creatures, and gorgeous photos, too. I'm so impressed that you moved them around for the photos, too! Love the close-up of the skin!

I have no particular fear of snakes, though a healthy respect for the venomous ones. My mother would never let me handle snakes when I was young, because of her own fear, but I got to handle (part of) an albino python in Florida - that was cool!

Chie Wilks said...

very awesome shots..but that animal is the scariest..hate it hehhe...

mine's up too

Andy said...

The photos are strikingly beautiful. When comes to snakes I have same feelings as Indiana Jones.

Louise said...

What fabulous shots - a marvellous opportunity! And they seem to have been sooo chilled out! The snakes round here are so frightened they throw themselves off walls trying to get away from you!

dutchbaby said...

Unbelievable! What an experience. I'm not much for straightening out snakes for the sake of measuring them. Spiders, on the other hand, don't bother me at all. I remember alarming my mother when I was about four. I was playing with a big shiny black spider with a bright yellow cross on its back. I thought it was totally cool how he walked up and down my arm.

dutchbaby said...

Oh, I forgot to say that we were in Indonesia when I was playing with that big spider.

HANNIBAL said...

Amazing story! Who gets to say these saw boas in the wild, let alone mating, etc! So cool! The coloring is awesome! Great photos!