July 28, 2001
Tillamook Head trail, Ecola State Park, Clatsop County, Oregon
This shy snake was reluctant to leave the shadows. When it saw me futzing with my camera it would slither off in haste, but a few moments later it would be back in some mostly-concealed position. Due to the craptacular nature of the photo, I'm not completely certain which gartersnake species this is, but T. ordinoides is my best guess.
November 24, 2008
Mouth of Smith River, Del Norte County, California
On a chilly late Fall afternoon, I was pleasantly surprised to find this handsome gartersnake active in the scrub just above the beach. It's a common enough species where it lives, but as I'm not where it lives very often I felt lucky to see one when the thermometer read merely 55 degrees Fahrenheit.