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Manhattan Man Snares December Photo Contest Win with Sunbathing Snake

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Manhattan Man Snares December Photo Contest Win with Sunbathing Snake

Manhattan Man Snares December Photo Contest Win with Sunbathing Snake

A snake sunbathing at Sauk Trail Reservoir in Frankfort crawled into the lead position for the December segment of the Forest Preserve District of Will County's Preserve the Moment photograph challenge.
 
Manhattan Man Snares December Photo Contest Win with Sunbathing Snake
Manhattan Man Snares December Photo Contest Win with Sunbathing Snake

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Manhattan Man Snares December Photo Contest Win with Sunbathing Snake.

A snake sunbathing at Sauk Trail Reservoir slithered into first place for the December portion of the Preserve the Moment photo contest.

The shot was snapped by Manhattan resident Jacob Dalen.
Dalen said he was out taking photos in the Frankfort preserve when he almost stepped on the garter snake as it warmed itself on the gravel trail.

“It was a fairly large snake, as it was almost two feet long,” he said in an email. 

“To take the photo, I had to lay down on the gravel next to the snake, making sure I did not cause any added stress.”
 
Manhattan Man Snares December Photo Contest Win with Sunbathing Snake
Manhattan Man Snares December Photo Contest Win with Sunbathing Snake
Manhattan Man,Snares,December,Sunbathin,Snake
Manhattan Man Snares December Photo Contest Win with Sunbathing Snake.

Dalen, who is a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, said he took many shots at different angles trying to get the perfect composition.

“I have been taking pictures since I was about 8 years old, but in 2016 I bought my first DSLR (camera).

 Since then, I have focused on taking pictures of wildlife because I have always felt a connection with nature."
And one of Dalen’s favorite places to photograph nature is in the preserves.

“I am beyond thrilled and honored that I have been chosen as this month’s photo contest winner, as I have been striving to express my passion for nature through photography since I snapped my first shot.”

Dalen is studying animal sciences at the university and he hopes to become a wildlife veterinarian.

 The shot was snapped by Manhattan inhabitant Jacob Dalen who said he was out taking photographs when he nearly stepped on the strap snake as it warmed itself on the rocky trail.  
 
Manhattan Man Snares December Photo Contest Win with Sunbathing Snake
Manhattan Man Snares December Photo Contest Win with Sunbathing Snake
Manhattan Man,Snares,December,Sunbathin,Snake
Manhattan Man Snares December Photo Contest Win with Sunbathing Snake.

Dalen, who is an understudy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and wants to be a natural life veterinarian, said he took numerous shots at various edges attempting to get the ideal structure. 

 From that point forward, I have concentrated on taking pictures of untamed life since I have consistently felt an association with nature."

Fair notices for December were granted to Frank Rink of Shorewood, Nancy Havener of Naperville, Michelle Wendling of Joliet and Byron Morgan of Crete.

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