When walking in the river valley in spring, I often come across Garter snakes, but they usually notice me first and disappear into the undergrowth before I have a chance to take a photograph. This day was different. We were walking the trail above Highlands golf course when one slithered across our path and into the undergrowth. Yuet continued walking, but I stood still for a moment to watch it disappear. Then it also stopped and raised its head to look back at me. There was a gap in the undergrowth, so I slowly went down on my knees and moved forward into that space. The snake still did not move, just occasionally testing the air with its tongue.
My camera was ready with the flash set, but without a diffuser, so I was able to lean forward, supporting myself with one arm while holding the camera with the other hand. I managed to take a few shots, and still the snake did not move. I chanced putting on the diffuser, moving slowly so as not to startle it. This done, I gradually leaned forward again, this time resting on my elbows. I was able to take a few more shots before it finally snapped out of its reverie and slowly slithered out of sight.
Thanks for your patience, little snake.