I think he was asleep because I left to go to the house to get my youngest son and he didn't move, except to get into position for striking. The next photo shows him aiming straight at me. No, I wasn't that close! I used the ZOOM!!
If you are having trouble figuring out what is what, his head has several long white stripes underneath and it's just to the right of the tail.
This may be the best head shot, dead center, but it's still hard to see with the hay bits all around. But you can't miss that tail!!
My son used the apple picker, manure rake, to pick him up and put him in the bucket. I missed the shot because I had turned off the camera and when I finally took the picture, he had already got him in the bucket. The snake was right up against the metal siding, under the hay which I had moved away, when I first saw him.
And right after he put the snake in the bucket, my son closed the lid of the bucket.
We debated what to do about the snake. We called the Rattlesnake Museum and Animal Control but there was no answer at either place. Finally, I told my son to take him across the highway and let him loose in the big field, away from houses, cattle, and pets. Hopefully, he will be happy and stay put. At least, there's a highway between us. ;P After my son turned him loose, one of the girls at my work asked why we didn't eat him. Well, I wasn't going to kill it! I told her she should have let me know and I could have brought it to her. He hee.
The Snake and I, a Venom High - song: Width of a Circle, artist: David Bowie, album: The Man Who Sold the World