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Diablo Sky Burn

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Orange sunset behind Mount Diablo in Contra Costa county, CA.

 

The last time Tony and I shot from this hill near Trilogy at the Vineyards, a rattlesnake was aggressively defending its keep when we arrived and continued to rattle at us the entire time we were shooting. I was really counting on them hibernating this time of year since the grass is high and thick in places.

 

And then I read this on wikipedia, "In the colder winter months, some rattlesnake species enter a period of brumation, which is dormancy similar to hibernation. They often gather together for brumation in large numbers (sometimes over 1,000 snakes), huddling together inside underground "rattlesnake dens" or hibernacula."

 

THIS is the stuff of my nightmares.

 

Lens is the A 75mm f/2.8 on the 645Z. 2-exposure manual blend.

 

The small white wisps in front of the mountain are wood smoke from a chimney.

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Taken on February 12, 2016