Tony Au Yeong  

A Sleeping Green Bamboo Viper by Tony Au Yeong

July 2024 - A Sleeping Green Bamboo Viper

About the Image(s)

Recently I went to Sapporo in Hokkaido and visited a zoo. There is a theater with a large collection of snakes, reptiles and turtles. I found this green bamboo viper sleeping with a characteristic coil of its body forming an interesting pattern on a rod. This species is a nocturnal poisonous hunter and so it sleeps in daytime. The image is lightly post processed in Camera Raw.

3 comments posted

Bob Benson   Bob Benson
There is an interesting symmetry, with the head in the center. The bottom right light gray area may be slightly distracting, but not in a major way.   Posted: 07/09/2024 14:51:28

Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Hi Tony, the viper looks like an exquisite jade ornament, with the symmetric coils and all the hues of green in the skin. I think that you have used the light beautifully to define the coils and the texture of the skin. I wonder if darkening the lighter areas in the background might show him off even more effectively.   Posted: 07/11/2024 01:35:40

Jose Cartas   Jose Cartas
I generally don't like reptiles and particularly not snakes. But your photo made me think twice about those creatures. Without your explanation, it would have taken me a while before guessing that this was a snake. Shape, texture, and color make for an impressive composition. The symmetry works very well here, with a lot of curves. I would darken the background a little.   Posted: 07/11/2024 21:32:16


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