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Rising Out of Obscurity
Photograph by Cary Wolinsky

Mottled sand camouflages the head of a hunter. Pringuey’s adder ambushes its food: usually geckos and other lizards. To get water, it drinks the droplets of ocean-generated fog that collect on its skin in the cool early morning.



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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