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gslaten



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2006 3:13 pm    Post subject: Gila Monster Reply with quote

I came upon this Gila Monster in a dry wash behind the house this afternoon. They are rarely seen in the wild, and by the time I came to my senses and retrieved the camera, he had hidden in some brush. Unfortunately, he was not particularly cooperative, and rather unhappy with me. The photo isn't particularly good, but the best I was able to get before he disappeared under a pile of lumber. I didn't even think to check the camera settings before shooting. He was about 18" long. I thought it might be interesting.




Canon EOS 5D
Canon 28-200 mm
1/2500 sec
f5.6
ISO 1600

Thanks for looking,

Gary
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Beetleman



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2006 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very interesting find...like you said, I have never seen a wild Gila monster picture, always captive reptiles. I think it a great picture, very hot and deserty looking (is that a word?) It`s way to hot here to take pictures...I always get sweat on my Camera when it is this hot.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2006 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I can relate to that thing, in terms of hot, dusty, and dry. To tell the truth I don't think I have ever seen one of these in the zoos that I have been in. Think Of course that was a long time ago and more than likely I was looking at the girls more than the animals Exclamation Rolling Eyes Nice shot Gary, it's a little hot on the whites but when you're in a hurry, you take what you can get. Wink
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gslaten



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2006 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Doug and Ken,

Doug, I am surprised it gets that hot in New Hampshire. I have only been there once, and there was snow on the ground. Thanks for the compliment.

Ken, yes, I agree with you on the hot whites, but as you say, you takes what ya gets. Thanks.

Gary
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MikeBinOKlahoma



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2006 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good spotting, even if technically not superb. I'd love to see one of these in the wild.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2006 7:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi ya' Gary, Very Happy

It is unusual to see gila monsters out and about in daylight. Most of the time they are in rodent burrows during the day. Here's a little trick I use to locate reptiles during the day. I carry a small camp mirror made of polished stainless steel in my camera bag. You can buy these in any sporting goods store that has camping gear. Early in the morning and late in the day, reptiles that are normally nocturnal, like the gila monster, will sit just inside rodent burrows waiting for the sun to go down and the temperatures to cool. I use the mirror to reflect sunlight down the rodent burrow and illuminate whatever might be waiting to leave the burrow. I've managed to see quite a few gila monsters using this trick. I learned this trick from a friend in college who was working on his phD on gila monsters. Give it a try. Very Happy

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