Today's hike was extra special. I found a Western Diamond Back rattlesnake.
I saw him before he saw me. Those are the good kind of snake finds.
He was moving across a sandy wash as I was walking down the wash.
They must be just starting to come out from hibernation.
What a beautiful animal. He was four feet long for sure.
He was very docile and only rattled when I moved around him for different camera angles.
Another photo enlarged showing off that fascinating forked tongue.
It wasn't just a good day, it was outstanding!