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Southern California - Winter / Spring 2017

Posted: May 3rd, 2017, 9:45 pm
by Jeremy Wright
Hi all,
It's been a while since I've posted some of the incredible animals I've seen so far this year and I am currently writing this in the midst of a crazy 2-week testing period at school. We all need a break so here I am!
Much of this year for me has been devoted to a lot of research and learning about habitats / conditions and about my camera gear; I recently upgraded my 12 year old camera body to a modern one which has made a world of a difference, but has been quite confusing here and there! I've been fortunate enough to get out on multiple occasions with Robert and Nicholas Hess and my good friend Kyle Jimenez, who's always sending me pictures of his latest finds in the Santa Anas.

In some approximation of chronological order, here are some of this year's finds.

ImageNorthern Three-lined Boa by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageNorthern Three-lined Boa by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageSan Diego Banded Gecko by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageSan Diego Banded Gecko by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageWestern Spadefoot by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageRed Diamond Rattlesnake by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageRed Diamond Rattlesnake by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageSan Diego Ring-necked Snake by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageSan Diego Ring-necked Snake by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageSan Diego Ring-necked Snake by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageSan Diego Ring-necked Snake by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageCalifornia Kingsnake by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageSan Diego Gopher Snake by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageCalifornia Kingsnake by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageSouthern California Legless Lizard by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageCalifornia Treefrog by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageBlack-bellied Slender Salamander by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageColorado Desert Sidewinder by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageColorado Desert Sidewinder by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageColorado Desert Sidewinder by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageBobcat Kitten by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageMojave Glossy Snake by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageMojave Glossy Snake by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageAnza Borrego Desert State Park by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageCalifornia Treefrog by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageRed-Spotted Toad by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageAnza Borrego Desert State Park by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageAnza Borrego Desert State Park by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageAnza Borrego Desert State Park by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageAnza Borrego Desert State Park by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageCalifornia Mountain Kingsnake by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageCalifornia Mountain Kingsnake by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageSouthern Rubber Boa by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageSouthern Rubber Boa by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageCalifornia Mountain Kingsnake by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageCalifornia Mountain Kingsnake by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageBlainville's Horned Lizard by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageBlainville's Horned Lizard by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageBlainville's Horned Lizard by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageTwo-Striped Garter Snake by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

So far this year has been a blast. With night driving season starting to get really good I have my targets set for the deserts. Hopefully I'll be able to see some mitchelli and gracia which are high on my list for this year.
Happy herping and be safe out there!
Jeremy

Re: Southern California - Winter / Spring 2017

Posted: May 3rd, 2017, 9:51 pm
by Jeremy Wright
One more thing. I realize this isn't the photography forum, but I'm wanting to step into more videography now that my dslr cam shoot great quality videos and after seeing some of the work of the incredible Carl Gerhardt. If anyone has gear / technique tips or recommendations for a steady - cam or gimbal rig that would be highly appreciated!
Thank you.

Re: Southern California - Winter / Spring 2017

Posted: May 4th, 2017, 10:18 am
by Misenus
Really great finds and shots (I saw them earlier on Flickr). I was just in San Diego and had little with snakes, even when I hopped over to Anza-Borrego.

Re: Southern California - Winter / Spring 2017

Posted: May 4th, 2017, 2:52 pm
by Porter
Alright, I'm done with that medallion shit...lol It seems (to me) to have morphed itself into a display of overbearing obnoxiousness and elite infliction. Anyway, I don't like it aymore :lol:

I really, really like that first Ruber shot :thumb:

Re: Southern California - Winter / Spring 2017

Posted: May 4th, 2017, 7:49 pm
by Jeremy Wright
Misenus wrote:Really great finds and shots (I saw them earlier on Flickr). I was just in San Diego and had little with snakes, even when I hopped over to Anza-Borrego.
Porter wrote:Alright, I'm done with that medallion shit...lol It seems (to me) to have morphed itself into a display of overbearing obnoxiousness and elite infliction. Anyway, I don't like it aymore :lol:

I really, really like that first Ruber shot :thumb:
Thank you for the kind comments Pat and Porter!

Pat, bummer your trip here wasn't the most successful. I'm surprised your luck in Anza Borrego was so poor. Usually even on poor nights it's not too hard to scrape up some of the more common species such as glossy and shovel - nosed especially in the flatter creosote basins. Hopefully you can make another trip out here soon! I'm not as knowledgeable as many of the people on here but I'd be happy to take you somewhere or to some spots I have in borrego and around socal the next time you come around!

Porter, funny story about that shot. I was done shooting the snake after taking around 100 shots (including the wide angle one right after, which is of the same snake). Right as I was stepping away he stuck his tongue out like that and held it for a while, so I leaned in quickly and took that one. It always seems like it's the first or last shot that is the best!

-Jeremy

Re: Southern California - Winter / Spring 2017

Posted: May 4th, 2017, 8:38 pm
by huck
Great pictures Jeremy! I love the boas!

Re: Southern California - Winter / Spring 2017

Posted: May 6th, 2017, 9:26 am
by Nicholas
Awesome Jeremy!
That pulchra is beautiful. We found lots of good stuff this year, I can't wait to get out again!
Happy herping,
Nicholas

Re: Southern California - Winter / Spring 2017

Posted: May 15th, 2017, 11:33 pm
by mark buck
Wow great pictures man.


The first Glossy shot is my favorite, also the habitat pics are really nice too

Re: Southern California - Winter / Spring 2017

Posted: May 19th, 2017, 12:57 pm
by rpecora
I've always adored the night sky when in Borrego, nice shot. Thanks for sharing them all.

Re: Southern California - Winter / Spring 2017

Posted: May 22nd, 2017, 3:31 pm
by Jeremy Wright
rpecora wrote:I've always adored the night sky when in Borrego, nice shot. Thanks for sharing them all.
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Thank you Mike! I really love that area, it never fails to fascinate me or show some spectacular sights. Definitely an underappreciated and under explored place.

Re: Southern California - Winter / Spring 2017

Posted: May 22nd, 2017, 3:32 pm
by Jeremy Wright
mark buck wrote:Wow great pictures man.


The first Glossy shot is my favorite, also the habitat pics are really nice too
Much appreciated Mark!