Garters

Melanistic and common garter snake, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Black & Tan

Common garter snakes, one melanistic, emerge from their hibernaculum in the early Spring. Click image to view larger.

Garter snake portrait, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

A Face A Mother Could Love

A garter snake emerges into the sunshine of an early spring day after a winter spent slumbering below ground.

Garter snake, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

The Lidless Eye II

One of the more difficult angles to work with when photographing snakes, this is a modern update to the original 2008 classic. The 2008 image was photographed with a 4-megapixel Nikon point-and-shoot camera, this updated image was taken with a 21-megapixel Canon SLR, worlds apart in terms of image quality. Still, the original has more […]


Garter snake eye, Ward's Island, Toronto islands

Eye of the Beholder

A ridiculous array of Kenko extension tubes — 68mm worth — opens up a garter snake’s eye to fill almost the entire frame.

Garter snakes, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

The Reptile Twins

A pair of garter snakes stare intently before leaving the safety of their hibernaculum in search of an early Spring meal.

January garter snake, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Happy New Year!

Early January, and a postcard for climate change: a garter snake sunning itself on the boardwalk on an unseasonably warm day.


Garter snake, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Curve Emergence

A garter snake emerges from its own coils early in the spring of 2009.

Garter snake, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Welcome Back II

A tighter view of this garter snake as it emerges from the leaf litter, one of the first snakes to appear in 2009.

Garter snake, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Welcome Back I

One of the first garter snakes to emerge in 2009 surfaces in the leaves.


Garter snake, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Serpentine Grid II

Another view of this improbable garter snake, entwined in the protective beaver mesh around the base of a tree near Ward’s beach.

Garter snake, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Serpentine Grid

A garter snake descends through the mesh of a beaver guard, wrapped around a tree on Ward’s beach.

Garter snake, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

The Lidless Eye

Underneath a garter snake, lit like a spotlight in the low grass.


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