Roy Mangersnes - Snake eyes


It is that time again; the birds are calling, the trees are turning green and the Adder is slithering along the rocks. Every time I get the opportunity to work with the Common Adder, Vipera berus, I get down low and try to get intimate with it. Eye perspective is always something I aim for when working with wildlife, but sometimes it is a bit more tricky. Do you see the nice eyelashes of this beautiful animal? I guess it must be a female.

Location: Rogaland, Norway

Tags: Adder, macro, roy mangersnes, snake, vipera berus

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  1. Bruno said:

    12/05/2011 19:38

    I think this is the most compelling Adder portrait I've seen so far. I like it especially because of the low perspective and of the somehow arrogant look of the snake. Wonderful!

  2. Sven Zacek said:

    12/05/2011 22:27

    Someone has been brave. I actually haven't been able to photograph adders in a an environment that such pictures would be possbile. They are always in high grass and move away quickly. But on second thought I don't know if I would be brave enought to get so close with a 105mm lens. These guys are amazingly quick!

  3. Jaak said:

    15/05/2011 16:44

    Being a big fan on adders, this pic is not easily achieved. They are very hard to approach from below as they, even when they feel threatened, most of the time do not take attack position but slide into bushes. Good job, Roy.