Saturday, 4 May 2013

Vine Snake, Antique Bench and Intense Nature

"Ahaetulla Nasuta" :- OK. So we were sitting on a rattan mat on our porch with a couple of neighbours and friends eating food and drinking beer. It was late afternoon / early evening and the light was starting to fade as the sun dipped behind the mountains of Omkoi in Northern thailand. Our orchid plants were gently swinging in their pots hung from a wire due to a gentle breeze. All seemed normal. But then my wife noticed one of the branches moved in a way that a wooden branch shouldn't and then we saw it! A Green Vine Snake or long-nosed Whip Snake (Ahaetulla Nasuta) had somehow made it across our driveway and up into the plants without any of us noticing it. Before I knew what I was doing I'd grabbed the camera and was capturing some shots as close to it as I dare get. I found out afterwards that the green vine snake is mildly venomous.

"Vintage Seating" :- This was captured up on the old Victorian Terrace that runs the length of Madeira Drive on Brighton seafront (UK). The seating was built at the same time as the terrace and steps so they have been providing a welcomed rest for those taking in the sea air since 1890.

"Chalk Glow" :- An end of the year sunset captured from the beach at Ovingdean Gap (England) on December 10th 2012. The wet chalk was catching the warm dying light and the heavy clouds were doing a great job at containing the entire spectacle by trapping it between themselves and the sea. The smell of salt and seaweed was thick in the air as the sound of gulls broke the silence.

All Photography © Justin Hill