Scary Surprise by Brenda Dahl

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Small 10.7" x 8.0"
Medium 16.0" x 12.0"
Large 21.3" x 16.0"
X large 26.7" x 20.0"


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Oh the story behind this photo is BEST told coming from my voice….But I will say that I surpassed my fear of how this snake made itself known to me after a blood curtailing scream and my husband “rescuing me.”
During our Adult camping trip, I left the camp site alone to photograph nature. About two minutes before this photo was taken, I was squatting down taking a picture of a friends dog….I then stood up, turned and took two steps….The second step I took, This snake rapidly slithered over the top of my entire foot and proceeded in front of me… I screamed a scream I never knew I could scream, froze with fear, and disparately prayed someone far away in our camp would hear me. My husband did, he came running to me….We found the location of the snake…He subdued it while I freakishly snapped pictures. My heart beat was faster and harder than any time of my life….But I turned my fear into this….I am quite proud…

Photography is the only way to capture “time in a bottle” and the everlasting scent of the moment.

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  • Lou Wilson
    Lou Wilsonalmost 3 years ago

    EEEwwww!!! Don’t think I could of hung around to capture it!!

  • Honestly Lou, I have NO CLUE How I managed. I have never encountered a snake in the wild. It all happened so fast. My husband came running for me because we were deep in the mountains where bears and cougars are. I am just so lucky and happy that it was a wounded snake and that it was not out to get me. It came from behind me which means it was near where I was squatting…..Thankfully it slithered over my foot and kept going…We are still unsure if it was venomous. We think it wasnt, but you just never know….~!!!!!!!!!!!

    – Brenda Dahl

  • Loree McComb
    Loree McCombalmost 3 years ago

    LOL I thought I heard a scream – great story, FABULOUS capture

  • I think you did hear my scream~! LOL…. I am pretty sure I can still hear my screamm…. Thank you so much for visiting and commenting~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    – Brenda Dahl

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 3 years ago

    WONDERFUL capture, with an interesting Brenda

  • Good Morning Larry,
    Thank You very much~! I know the story is a bit long, but I just had to tell it to explain the reason I even captured this image….~!!!!!! Glad you like it~!!!!!!

    – Brenda Dahl

  • Ginny York
    Ginny Yorkalmost 3 years ago

    LOL OMG! Brenda….What us photographers will do for a picture!! Yikes. Great shot though….red tongue and all!!

  • Hi Ginny,
    Oh I know it, I was deathly afraid, but after my husband found me from my scream, he had to make sure it would not come near camp…He found it and I turned my camera on, got down and had to capture this creature in time forever….~!!!!!!!!!!!!

    – Brenda Dahl

  • Kip Nunn
    Kip Nunnalmost 3 years ago

    nice steady hand.beaut action capture

  • Thank You so much~!!!!!!!!!!! It was not easy and honestly not sure how I got such a clear image with the fear that ran through my bones…..~!!!!!!!!!!!

    – Brenda Dahl

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 2 years ago

    CONGRATULATONS… Excellent photography, thanks for sharing your beautiful work with the group…

  • Oh Yaya~
    Andrea, thank you so very much for choosing my “scary surprise” as a featured image~! Also thank you so much for the amazing compliment~!

    – Brenda Dahl

  • trueblvr
    trueblvralmost 2 years ago

    Way kewl….and so gutzy of you…you know that Daddy would have been so outa there ….snark~~

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