The Trinity River is now in a pretty high flood stage, and that is really exciting for a nature photographer.

Why? Because weird stuff happens when it floods. Water is where it usually is not, and animals will do anything to stay dry. That adds up to a lot of photo opportunities, like this image I shot this morning of a copperhead snake basking on a dry spot on a flooded trail.

He was pretty docile, and let me get right up next to him with my wide angle lens so I could show some of the surrounding trail and forest covered with floodwater.

Copperhead snake on dry part of flooded trail near Little Lemon Lake, Great Trinity Forest, Dallas, Texas, USA

Copperhead snake on dry part of flooded trail near Little Lemon Lake, Great Trinity Forest, Dallas, Texas, USA

Copperhead snake on dry part of flooded trail near Little Lemon Lake, Great Trinity Forest, Dallas, Texas, USA

Copperhead snake on dry part of flooded trail near Little Lemon Lake, Great Trinity Forest, Dallas, Texas, USA

Canon 1Dx. 35mm. ISO 400. f/5.6 @ 1/200 second. RB + 1 ⅓.