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Snake Eyes? What Snake Eyes?
Photograph by Cary Wolinsky

When the sun scorches the Namib Desert on the coast of southern Africa, the sidewinding snake Pringuey’s adder (Bitis peringueyi) wriggles into the sand to keep cool. Its body and head can vanish in seconds, leaving only its eyes above ground.



Camera: Nikon N90
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia
Lens: 105 mm macro
Speed and F Stop: 1/250 @ f/11
Weather Conditions: Hot, dry, sunny
Time of Day: morning
Lighting Techniques: ambient

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A tracker had captured the snake for me, and I was doing a series of photographs of its eyes. We took the snake back to within 100 feet (30 meters) of where it had been captured. It took off, sidewiding across the dune, found the very spot where it had been captured, and undulated its way into the sand until only its eyes were visible.


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