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by mikephoto
January 22nd, 2020, 2:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My scariest experience while herping caught on video
Replies: 18
Views: 2728

Re: My scariest experience while herping caught on video

I didn't mean god in any religious sense. I think you nailed it, I stepped on his turf (despite the fact that it's public land).
It really had nothing to do with me being on or off the trail, he didn't want me photographing one of "his" snakes.
by mikephoto
January 20th, 2020, 3:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My scariest experience while herping caught on video
Replies: 18
Views: 2728

Re: My scariest experience while herping caught on video

I believe this person suffers from the God complex—a psychological fantasy when someone perceives themselves as superior in every way to everyone else, and social rules don't apply to them. That in itself isn't terrible unless it is mixed with violent tendencies. When that happens, things get pretty...
by mikephoto
January 19th, 2020, 3:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My scariest experience while herping caught on video
Replies: 18
Views: 2728

Re: My scariest experience while herping caught on video

I was taking the video. The guy in the photo in the crime file was the dude wearing camo that was stalking me up the trail. He posted the selfie of himself holding a snake at a nature preserve. Not sure why he was so angry or why he took his aggressions out on the snake but I was seriously concerned...
by mikephoto
January 17th, 2020, 4:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My scariest experience while herping caught on video
Replies: 18
Views: 2728

My scariest experience while herping caught on video

It just goes to show that people can be far more unpredictable than animals.
by mikephoto
December 23rd, 2019, 4:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: King of the Hill (fighting snakes trailer)
Replies: 0
Views: 1404

King of the Hill (fighting snakes trailer)

Here's a trailer for our next feature production.
One-eyed Willy vs. Nofeet Nelson. Snake vs snake.

by mikephoto
December 20th, 2019, 6:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why you soooooo angry?
Replies: 1
Views: 996

Why you soooooo angry?

This short film highlights some of the encounters I've had in the field with angry and/or defensive snakes. Even small harmless snakes like the smooth greensnake can get a little testy at times.

by mikephoto
December 19th, 2019, 4:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Monster Bull, Turtle Porn and Dancing Snake
Replies: 0
Views: 1349

Monster Bull, Turtle Porn and Dancing Snake

A few new short films posted to YouTube





by mikephoto
November 16th, 2019, 6:13 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snakes
Replies: 0
Views: 1432

Snakes

If you enjoyed our Turtle video, you'll probably enjoy this one even more.
by mikephoto
July 9th, 2019, 8:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Zombie Snake (The Eastern Hognose)
Replies: 0
Views: 13239

Zombie Snake (The Eastern Hognose)

Recently, news outlets seized upon the most inflammatory term in an educational post about eastern hognose snakes and ran with it. This video highlights my observations of the so called "zombie snake" in Wisconsin in 2019. Unlike zombies, the eastern hognose is a fascinating and harmless creature. h...
by mikephoto
October 26th, 2018, 7:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bull Wars
Replies: 6
Views: 10906

Re: Bull Wars

My favorite videos are of our animals "in situ" with little or no human presence.
Yeah, I think life list (field guide) type photos are fine, but I've always found videos that capture behavior to be much more interesting.
This was a couple of days I'll remember forever.
by mikephoto
October 25th, 2018, 5:42 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bull Wars
Replies: 6
Views: 10906

Re: Bull Wars

Thanks Craig! At first I thought it was a mating pair but it soon became obvious that it was a fight for dominance instead.

Thanks for the link. I did notice the gopher snake in the one photo, pretty cool.
by mikephoto
October 24th, 2018, 1:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bull Wars
Replies: 6
Views: 10906

Bull Wars

Here's my first 4K Ultra High Definition video. It documents an epic battle on a hillside in Southwestern Wisconsin. The combatants may surprise you.

by mikephoto
January 17th, 2018, 12:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Magnificent 7 - Episode V - Eastern Foxsnake
Replies: 1
Views: 2112

The Magnificent 7 - Episode V - Eastern Foxsnake

The magnificent seven refers to my seven favorite native snake species in Wisconsin.
The fifth video in this series is dedicated to the eastern foxsnake.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgipMiR3jxw

Thanks for watching.
by mikephoto
January 14th, 2018, 7:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Magnificent 7 - Episode IV - Timber Rattlesnake
Replies: 6
Views: 3851

The Magnificent 7 - Episode IV - Timber Rattlesnake

The magnificent seven refers to my seven favorite native snake species in Wisconsin.
The fourth video in this series is dedicated to the timber rattlesnake.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQ3s01jwVSs

Thanks for watching.
by mikephoto
January 4th, 2018, 4:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Magnificent 7 - Episode III - Blue Racer
Replies: 4
Views: 4852

The Magnificent 7 - Episode III - Blue Racer

The magnificent seven refers to my seven favorite native snake species in Wisconsin.
The third video in this series is dedicated to the North American (blue) racer.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PO1NdhmMp9E

Thanks for watching.
by mikephoto
January 2nd, 2018, 7:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Magnificent 7 - Episode I - Eastern Hognose Snake
Replies: 1
Views: 1995

The Magnificent 7 - Episode I - Eastern Hognose Snake

The magnificent seven refers to my seven favorite native snake species in Wisconsin.
The first video in this series is dedicated to the eastern hognose snake.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXPXRkf6YR4

Thanks for watching.
by mikephoto
January 2nd, 2018, 7:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Magnificent 7 - Episode II - Bullsnake
Replies: 3
Views: 2503

The Magnificent 7 - Episode II - Bullsnake

The magnificent seven refers to my seven favorite native snake species in Wisconsin.
The second video in this series is dedicated to the bullsnake.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3guQHf7vtXQ

Thanks for watching.
by mikephoto
October 1st, 2016, 9:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 Year in Review - Wisconsin
Replies: 4
Views: 2493

Re: 2016 Year in Review - Wisconsin

Hatchling Turtles Ouachita Map https://c7.staticflickr.com/9/8101/29079997414_9ca065a65a_b.jpg 5D3_8259f_8x12 by Mike Day , on Flickr Blanding's https://c8.staticflickr.com/9/8440/29379766311_047313ff2c_b.jpg 5D3_7570f_8x12 by Mike Day , on Flickr Common Snapper https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8352/2...
by mikephoto
October 1st, 2016, 9:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 Year in Review - Wisconsin
Replies: 4
Views: 2493

Re: 2016 Year in Review - Wisconsin

Salamanders Blue-spotted Sally https://c6.staticflickr.com/9/8046/29236125133_a0f7de3d5c_b.jpg 5D3_8486f_8x12 by Mike Day , on Flickr Red-backed Sally https://c8.staticflickr.com/9/8316/29711173415_6bf2c61a55_b.jpg 5D3_8202f_8x12 by Mike Day , on Flickr Four-toed Sally https://c5.staticflickr.com/8...
by mikephoto
October 1st, 2016, 7:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 Year in Review - Wisconsin
Replies: 4
Views: 2493

Re: 2016 Year in Review - Wisconsin

Snakes - part 2 Redbellied Snake - adult https://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8602/28489345316_ae92e54786_b.jpg 5D3_5771_8x12 by Mike Day , on Flickr Butler's Garter - neonate https://c6.staticflickr.com/9/8673/27759367773_89a50c0064_b.jpg 5D3_5597_8x12 by Mike Day , on Flickr Butler's Garter - adult http...
by mikephoto
September 30th, 2016, 2:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 Year in Review - Wisconsin
Replies: 4
Views: 2493

2016 Year in Review - Wisconsin

Snakes - part 1 North American (Blue) Racer - yearling https://c7.staticflickr.com/8/7780/29633050710_94676a63b0_b.jpg 5D3_8865yes_8x12 by Mike Day , on Flickr North American (Blue) Racer - adult https://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8132/29771307972_6054ce65fe_b.jpg 5D3_8564f_8x12 by Mike Day , on Flickr ...
by mikephoto
September 28th, 2016, 7:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wisconsin native species videos
Replies: 8
Views: 3169

Re: Wisconsin native species videos

Last but not least, video #5 - Sneaky Snakes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49npsMN_57c

Thanks for watching.
by mikephoto
September 26th, 2016, 7:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wisconsin native species videos
Replies: 8
Views: 3169

Re: Wisconsin native species videos

Here's video #4 - Super Sallies
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Br4OQNgmjG0
by mikephoto
September 13th, 2016, 11:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wisconsin native species videos
Replies: 8
Views: 3169

Re: Wisconsin native species videos

Here's video #3 - Leaping Lizards
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vr9Poe_Nu8E
by mikephoto
September 13th, 2016, 11:38 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Labor Day Hatchling Craziness!
Replies: 4
Views: 2970

Re: Labor Day Hatchling Craziness!

Nice photos and good job protecting those eggs. I try to help as many as I can cross roads safely.
by mikephoto
September 7th, 2016, 2:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wisconsin native species videos
Replies: 8
Views: 3169

Re: Wisconsin native species videos

Here's video #2 Fabulous Frogs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HeeIngvHqE
by mikephoto
September 6th, 2016, 9:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wisconsin native species videos
Replies: 8
Views: 3169

Re: Wisconsin native species videos

by mikephoto
September 6th, 2016, 9:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wisconsin native species videos
Replies: 8
Views: 3169

Wisconsin native species videos

I created a series of educational videos this spring/summer to teach folks about Wisconsin's native reptiles and amphibians. Here's the first in the series.

[youtube]https://youtu.be/-je1vyuYMnQ[/youtube]
by mikephoto
December 6th, 2015, 7:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2015 year in review
Replies: 13
Views: 8807

Re: 2015 year in review

Great stuff Justin. Those Indigo photos are killer. Really like the boxie and ribbon photos too.
by mikephoto
December 2nd, 2015, 11:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My milk snake brings all the boys to the yard
Replies: 4
Views: 3101

Re: My milk snake brings all the boys to the yard

Russ, if you shoot with Canon I'd say the 100mm macro w/IS is definitely the route to go. It's pretty much the only lens I use in the field. Occasionally I wish I had something a bit wider with me.
by mikephoto
November 20th, 2015, 12:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My milk snake brings all the boys to the yard
Replies: 4
Views: 3101

My milk snake brings all the boys to the yard

Here's some of the eastern milks that I photographed this year in WI. One of my favorite native snakes to find because of the variability. https://farm1.staticflickr.com/723/22765805576_0959e0139b_h.jpg 5D3_2206_8x12 by Mike Day , on Flickr https://farm1.staticflickr.com/571/21893715938_d8bdac53e1_h...
by mikephoto
October 14th, 2015, 3:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: From your your neck of the woods. Caution...Thamnophis heavy
Replies: 16
Views: 13038

Re: From your your neck of the woods. Caution...Thamnophis h

Nice post Tim. We found this nice WI eastern last weekend.

Image5D3_1769_8x12 by Mike Day, on Flickr
by mikephoto
September 29th, 2015, 4:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: More hatchlings, great end to a great 2015
Replies: 5
Views: 4648

Re: More hatchlings, great end to a great 2015

Thanks Jim. A Canon 6D and a 100mm Macro for almost all the shots.
by mikephoto
September 16th, 2015, 9:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: More hatchlings, great end to a great 2015
Replies: 5
Views: 4648

Re: More hatchlings, great end to a great 2015

Thanks justinm. I appreciate your comments.
by mikephoto
September 15th, 2015, 4:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: More hatchlings, great end to a great 2015
Replies: 5
Views: 4648

More hatchlings, great end to a great 2015

First up is an eastern milksnake swallowing what appears to be a young brownsnake https://farm1.staticflickr.com/770/20691944798_0643ea26ee_k.jpg 5D3_9436_8x12 by Mike Day , on Flickr A chunky spotted salamander https://farm1.staticflickr.com/714/20933627186_db004129e7_k.jpg 5D3_9555_8x12 by Mike D...
by mikephoto
August 28th, 2015, 11:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: It's hatchling season in Wisconsin
Replies: 6
Views: 4152

Re: It's hatchling season in Wisconsin

Thanks guys.
by mikephoto
August 23rd, 2015, 10:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: It's hatchling season in Wisconsin
Replies: 6
Views: 4152

It's hatchling season in Wisconsin

Here's some hatchlings: Common Snapping Turtle https://farm1.staticflickr.com/653/20785696942_cf2e8c8443_k.jpg 5D3_9234_8x12 by Mike Day , on Flickr Blanding's Turtle https://farm1.staticflickr.com/691/20172541434_859828b044_k.jpg 5D3_9272_8x12 by Mike Day , on Flickr Northern Map Turtle https://far...
by mikephoto
July 4th, 2015, 6:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Blanding's, Bull, Blue, Garter, Slender
Replies: 4
Views: 3221

Re: Blanding's, Bull, Blue, Garter, Slender

Thanks. Canon 6D with Canon 100mm macro lens. Handheld no flash.
by mikephoto
July 2nd, 2015, 1:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some hognose
Replies: 0
Views: 2138

Some hognose

Some eastern hognose from the badger state. https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/330/19187822925_3ca9eaeee3_k.jpg 5D3_7444_8x12 by Mike Day , on Flickr https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/281/19103270995_ade8ff1cf4_k.jpg 5D3_7390_8x12 by Mike Day , on Flickr https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/304/18320156304_8eb3cd2f...
by mikephoto
June 15th, 2015, 2:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Blanding's, Bull, Blue, Garter, Slender
Replies: 4
Views: 3221

Blanding's, Bull, Blue, Garter, Slender

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/380/18196831363_dd7acc51d3_k.jpg 5D3_6940_8x12 by Mike Day , on Flickr https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8831/18179016042_5047902416_k.jpg 5D3_6348_8x12 by Mike Day , on Flickr https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/456/18584695981_e244ee6985_k.jpg 5D3_6724_8x12 by Mike Day , on Fl...
by mikephoto
May 24th, 2015, 12:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some good stuff from the badger state
Replies: 1
Views: 1769

Some good stuff from the badger state

Eastern Musk Turtle - pretty rare find as they spend most of their time at the bottom of water bodies. https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5333/17429755824_29cd882ecd_o.jpg MJD_4932_8x12 by Mike Day , on Flickr Northern Waternsake - likely a 2014 hatchling, could use a good meal or two. https://c2.static...
by mikephoto
May 4th, 2015, 4:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A few more from this weekend (WI)
Replies: 2
Views: 1994

A few more from this weekend (WI)

It was a great weekend. We found 3 racers, 3 bullsnakes, 4 foxsnakes, 3 Timbers and 2 milksnakes. https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8895/17360091181_5dd7c3b0f8_o.jpg MJD_5578_1024_finalSRGB by heavensherps , on Flickr https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8888/16737936494_a502d7df9c_o.jpg MJD_5596_1024_finalS...
by mikephoto
May 2nd, 2015, 4:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Early spring finds (Wisconsin)
Replies: 7
Views: 3270

Re: Early spring finds (Wisconsin)

I have some friends that don't have facebook accounts so I post photos here occasionally. No crime against that, right?
-ben, please find someone else to harass. -ben is apparently upset that I don't ask him to herp with me and has been cyber-stalking me for the last 2 years.
by mikephoto
April 23rd, 2015, 2:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Early spring finds (Wisconsin)
Replies: 7
Views: 3270

Re: Early spring finds (Wisconsin)

Thanks guys. I don't normally look for turtles until around memorial day. We got pretty lucky with the softshell, it was crossing between two adjacent bodies of water.
by mikephoto
April 23rd, 2015, 5:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Early spring finds (Wisconsin)
Replies: 7
Views: 3270

Early spring finds (Wisconsin)

It's been a pretty good spring so far. Can't wait to find some racers and hoggies. https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7637/16831140890_5c5943f9bd_o.jpg MJD_4653_1024_finalSRGB by heavensherps , on Flickr https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7652/16398533263_3a66b0137a_o.jpg MJD_4688_1024_finalSRGB by heavensh...
by mikephoto
November 11th, 2014, 4:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A few pics from Wisconsin
Replies: 13
Views: 5856

Re: A few pics from Wisconsin

Ben - you continue to astound me with your unrelenting douchebaggery. I choose not to herp with you because you are a DNR wannabee on a constant soapbox about a Herp Society which you apparently have issues with. The story you tell about almost losing your life to a Timber Rattlesnake because a herp...
by mikephoto
November 11th, 2014, 4:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A few pics from Wisconsin
Replies: 13
Views: 3785

Re: A few pics from Wisconsin

Ben - you continue to astound me with your unrelenting douchebaggery. I choose not to herp with you because you are a DNR wannabee on a constant soapbox about a Herp Society which you apparently have issues with. The story you tell about almost losing your life to a Timber Rattlesnake because a herp...
by mikephoto
November 7th, 2014, 10:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A few pics from Wisconsin
Replies: 13
Views: 3785

Re: A few pics from Wisconsin

Yeah I know they can change colors Ben, but thanks for the science lesson and for nitpicking my comment. No wonder nobody posts in the Midwest section anymore. I'm done here.