A Fish Eating Snake

There are some surprises in life I quite enjoy. When recently enjoying the botanical gardens in the sunny heat of the morning, I came across a large rock next to a pond. My eye scanned the rock seeing a dark twig like shape, I paid no further heed until it moved. On closer inspection this was not just a dark shape but a snake. Now snakes are not uncommon in Poland especially in the countryside but I had never seen one in the city. Apart from there being a snake, it had a fish in its mouth. In the image below he has nearly swallowed the fish and you can see a small part of the tail hanging out of his mouth, you can also see the large distortion in his body where the fish  is beginning its journey of digestion.


I processed the image as black and white because i felt it looked quite evocative this way. I really like the way the portrait elongates his size. The expression of the snake is one of surprise on his face.

Image was processed in Camera Raw, then exported to Photoshop,  Black and White toning in Alien Skin Exposure, curve adjustments to control contrast and sharpened via highpass filter.

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5 thoughts on “A Fish Eating Snake

    • I suppose it does with the pattern on its body. One of my students told me what it was yesterday. It is a common snake but not poisonousness and has no teeth

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