Photo @paulrosolie | As photographers we often miss out on truly witnessing what is happening before us. As I grow more comfortable and confident in the field, i try hard to take time to put my camera down and appreciate what is before me. The last time I felt so strongly about not taking pictures was with humpback whales in Tonga . That was four years ago. Spending time with this 12 foot king cobra was the privilege of a lifetime. Want to see a king cobra drinking from a water bottle ? Then don’t waste time: follow @paulrosolie - he has the video live now! #kingcobra#ophiophagushannah#ophiophagushannah#india#karnataka#snakesofinstagram
A king cobra, the world’s longest and largest venomous snake, eating a Indian rat snake before being released back into a forested area, safe from humans. To me the Indian people rescuing snakes are conservation heroes , but one major thing that needs to be addressed in the rescue community is where rescued snakes are released. Many scientific studies indicate that snakes which are released far from where they were captured die slowly for a number of reasons. They are very prone to stress and because they have incredible mental maps of their territory even the slightest change can disrupt them severely. Some studies suggest translocated snakes can have a mortality rate of 50-100 percent. Hoping my storytelling work with @paulrosolie can help generate positive discussion on this topic.
#natgeo100contest I have the privilege of sharing stories with all of you because of @natgeo . They have given me a voice to use for good. This image is the most popular picture I’ve had on the Nat Geo Instagram and hopefully has made more people frog friendly. To celebrate them reaching 100 million followers they are hosting the #natgeo100contest photo contest. All you need to do is post your most Nat Geo inspired photo with the tag #natgeo100contest . Ten winners will be selected and will have their image featured on the natgeo feed. And one grand prize winner will receive a safari to Tanzania with @natgeoexpeditions . Contest is live for 24 hours only. Good luck!
I am very reluctant to use the word hero, but i wouldn’t hesitate using the word to describe @snakesshyam (pictured here). Get this: he has been rescuing snakes around Mysore, India for 35 years. That is longer than I’ve been alive. In that time He has rescued well over 40,000 snakes! He never asks for money and can be seen at all hours , even 2 am, scooting around Mysore in one of his snake rescue vehicles. He does it because he loves snakes. Nothing more to it. Snakes make him happy. Giving snakes a second chance makes him even happier. And I can’t even imagine how many people he has inspired to protect wildlife. I do know There is a long list of Indian conservationists who mention Snake Shyam has their reason for joining the fight to protect our wild places and wildlife. He is a hero. If you enjoy watching animals being rescued, follow @snakesshyam and his wonderful son @suryakeerthi82
Some of you may remember I shared in my Instagram stories a macro of yellow snake scales? As promised, here is that snake , an Indian rat snake. She was rescued by @suryakeerthi82 and @paulrosolie from the police training center in Mysore. Rat snakes are quite common and typically they aren’t very colorful but this one was spectacular: a mix of gold and yellow and Amber with black tiger-like striping near the tail. More important she was as gentle as they come, and as has been the case with now over 20 snakes on two continents - she did not bite Paul or Surya once. #scalesandskin#indiansnakes#snakesofinstagram#liveyouradventure@eddiebauer
Cobras are quite common throughout the Hindu religion and Hindu mythology. As @paulrosolie and I try and document the unique relationship many Indians have with snakes I’ve thought a lot about how I could photograph a cobra that would reflect - to some degree - their depiction in temples around India. With the help of @suryakeerthi82 and @paulrosolie I started playing with multiple exposure images made in camera to give the appearance the cobra has 3 heads. This is not the best image and we will try more as cobras are rescued here in Mysore. Rescued spectacled cobra is the species.
A common wolf snake coiled quite perfectly in the hands of @paulrosolie . Mysore, India. This photograph and many others to come was made possible because of the generous support of many of you. I should add Your support also means we haven’t had to seek other funding for this project, which means infinite freedom and no paperwork. Thank you. We will have another print sale in April for those of you who were curious. Thanks to @suryakeerthi82 and @sidduzumaki and @eddiebauer and @varanashiorganicfarms
A common Indian sand boa emerges from loose earth. Sand boas are magicians: they can disappear into loose soil or sand in seconds. This Snake was rescued by my new friend and fellow snake lover @suryakeerthi82 (((was rescued because it was found on someone’s property who - unfortunately- didn’t want it there anymore even though it is a harmless snake)))