We’ve been out hiking a bit later in the afternoon and early evening which is when most of this set of photos were made. Last night we encountered this rattlesnake on the trail when I stepped within a few feet of it and was met with rattling and a strike pose. I moved away slowly and then photographed from about 5-6 feet away. The snake was fairly small — 30 inches — I’d guess, but he’s got six rattles, and they were working overtime for a few moments. I think its a young Western Diamondback Rattlesnake, though there are fourteen varieties of rattlers in Arizona. Enjoy the landscapes.
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