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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

A Beetle and A Bull Snake

We recently decided to hit eastern Montana in an attempt to finish the Dino Trail. We weren't quite successful, but that's another blog post. Since driving out there takes as long as it does to drive to Rapid City, South Dakota (Wish I were kidding.), we decided to drop by Makoshika State Park. Located in the badlands of Montana, the environment for this park is equivalent to a desert. Perfect for growing things like cacti and rock outcrops. OK, so maybe the later isn't so much grown as it is carved. Not only does this make for some stunning scenery, it also makes for a change of pace. While, another one of my favorite places, Buffalo Jump State Park, also has a desert environment the two places are more like cousins than twins. This meant a whole bunch of new critters for me to photograph. Two of the most interesting were a beetle, my husband spotted and a bull snake we almost tripped over. I would love to go back some time and just go hiking here. I didn't have nearly enough time to explore this wonderous place on this trip.







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6 comments:

Barbara said...

What a great place! And such a great closeup of that beetle!!

VM Sehy Photography said...

Thanks for the great comment Barbara. It really is a very pretty place. I just wish we'd gotten there earlier in the morning. It gets quite hot, so we were only out for about 45 minutes. Fortunately, the beetle sat still while I got so close to him. I wish I knew what kind he is.

She Who Carries Camera said...

You just LOVE to shoot those creepy critters!

VM Sehy Photography said...

Jill - I do love photographing all the wee little critters that scamper over the earth. To me they're really beautiful and interesting. Hope I'm not freaking you out too badly.

Joanna Jenkins said...

I'd still be running if I almost tripped over that snake! Wow. I'm amazed you were able to get a pic.
xo jj

VM Sehy Photography said...

JoAnna - We were fortunate in that when we spotted the snake it was a fair bit of distance from us and moving away. I thought it was a rattler, but my son said no it's a bull snake which is harmless. The snake definitely did not want us around. Every time we got close enough for a shot, he'd slither deeper into the forest. So I lucked out when I took this photo after first spotting him.