Jason Rothmeyer Skater Profile
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Hometown: Long Beach CA, Stance: Regular, Age: 42, Status: Pro
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As soon as I hit the road I was going to cruise on Saturday night, I saw exactly what I had gone there to find. This big Speckled Rattlesnake was lounging by the side of the road. When I got out of the car it positioned itself on the backside of a tumbleweed. I couldn't get a decent angle to shoot a photo because of the steep cliff I was standing on. I wanted to get level with the snake but if I did that and slipped forward, I would have fell face first into it. So, I had to stand a bit back and shoot from the side and deal with the ugly shadows. It was a cool looking snake though and the first Speck I've found on purpose (stumbled upon a Panamint in 1999 by accident).
I headed down towards Anza Borrego on Saturday night to see if I could find some snakes to photo and met up with @socalrattler I found 3 on my own then he and I found another 3 after that. I never get tired of sidewinders. This little baby one I found was about as long as a finger. Super tiny and as I moved it off the road, it bit into my small tongs super hard. It's difficult to move such small snakes while making sure you don't injure them. Better than them being road kill though.
Yesterday my wife was gone with a friend and I had nothing to do (married guy problems) So I made a quick late plan to go towards San Diego and play some cards at a casino and then hit the desert to find some snakes. Came up $450 then rolled out and found some sweet stuff. First is a Beauty Red Diamond Rattlesnake followed by a real blurry Speckled Rattlesnake that decided to hide in a tumbleweed. I was standing on a super steep embankment and could barely film this sucker. Ended up finding 6 snakes last night. The speck was my first one ever. @socialtatts @devinbergquist @turtleheadphoto
The first time I went to Costa Rica back in 2006 the main thing I wanted to see was some wild toucans. Waking through the rainforest they're super easy to find, simply because they're so damn loud. You can hear this call for miles it seems and you can zero in on them pretty easy. Didn't have to go far for this one, it was at the end of the driveway at the place we always stay (Shelter From The Storm). At 4pm each day we coined it "toucan o'clock" because they always showed up exactly then.
The wind blowing behind this Osprey almost makes it look like a crested eagle or something different. When I visited Loreto back in 2011, we drove over to Magdalena bay and saw about 100+ osprey nests on the telephone poles there. Each telephone pole had a platform built for nests, it was awesome to see that the town there gave them places to nest instead of risking them nesting directly on the power line connections at the top of the poles.
Found this while hiking out in the Catalina Mountains near Tucson 2 weeks ago. I'm not fully sure but I think it's a badger skull. There's a white stripe of fur still visible down the middle of the forehead. Sure wish I could have seen a live badger though, I've yet to see one in the wild still. Mean streets of the Sonoran Desert got this little dude.
Here's another of the lightning captures I ended up with from last Monday in AZ. This one is a little more landscape and less close up but I still like the effect. Going to work on it a little harder next time as I only spent 20 min total shooting until I got too antsy and wanted to go find more snakes.
Here's a nice pink/red colored short horned lizard I found a couple weeks back in the Hualapai Mountains. This thing is just bigger than your thumbnail. So tiny when they hatch out but still very detailed. Horned lizards rule! But they're damn hard to find if they don't move and give themselves away.
Monday night Maya and I went back to my favorite road to find some snakes before driving home early Tues morning. But I kind of knew with the "super moon" out it was going to be tough to find anything. First time I've ever not seen any snakes on that road. Wouldn't you know that on my way back to the freeway I see a snake on the onramp. So I slowly backed up down the onramp and saved this little western diamondback from certainly getting run over. At least I didn't get shut out that night.
My first crack at shooting lightning since being at Woodward Skatecamp in 1997 or so. I wanted to go high up to this overlook but it was 20 min from where I was at and didn't want to miss the frequent strikes. I couldn't see the ocotillo in front of me that was a bit of a distraction. But I do like how the lightning strike lights up the rain shower. This was the only bolt that hit in front of those mountains. The others were behind or off to the side. Only spent 20 min shooting this as I had to go back to looking for snakes. Next time better vantage point.
I'm not normally big on picking up everything we find, but luckily I saw this hatchling Sonoran Mud a Turtle in the stream we were crossing in my car and we moved it out of the way. Saw something moving in the shallow water and stopped to check before crossing. We ended up finding 14 of these babies all through the stream along with one adult. Super cool little guys. Looked like a good hatch.
Tight lunch spot today out in the Santa Rita mountains of AZ. So many trips lately and none were with my wife. Had to enjoy some time with her while she's off for summer break (teacher). Found the motherload of Sonoran Mud a Turtles on this road today. Post coming soon. 14 hatchlings and 1 adult. So sick how rad tiny turtles are.
If you want to see me on TV tomorrow, check out ABC at 3pm pacific on the World Of Xgames. It's the edited tv version of the #espngameofskate that I did last week at the ESPN headquarters in Bristol. I'm recording it on tv as I'm going to be hiking with my wife looking for cool stuff near Tucson. Spoiler alert.... @mikemo kills it and hoists this trophy.
Found some cool stuff today hiking near Kingman, AZ. Out here for my wife's grandmas 85th birthday and snuck away for some hiking this morning with David Alvarado. Found 2 of these short horned lizards, about the size of a quarter. Also this Arizona Blacktail Rattlesnake. Probably the furthest west and north those snakes go I'm guessing. Also saw 2 elk randomly as well.
Sometimes you need a different perspective when shooting a photo. I saw this Sonoran Whipsnake on the ground with @turtleheadphoto and it disappeared on us. We looked on the ground for a bit then Seth noticed it high up in this Juniper tree. Instead of trying to shoot it from the ground looking up, I walked 20 ft away up the slope and got eye level with it. Makes for a cool perspective.
One of the harder to find snakes in the US is this Brown Vinesnake. Not simply became they look exactly like those branches, but they also only work their way into Arizona in a few canyons in the very south of the state. Their range on a map is pretty hard to find. But @turtleheadphoto and @devinbergquist found a couple of these on my first day hiking down there. I've seen their green cousins in Costa Rica a few times but it was cool to see these here in the states.
On my last night in the mountains of AZ before heading up to Phoenix I took one last cruise on my favorite road and found this bad boy stretched out on the road. From the looks of that rattle and his size, it's one of the older Banded Rocks I've ever seen. Was stoked to find it and see him cruise off the road to live another day. @devinbergquist @snakemannick @turtleheadphoto
When I get home from a trip I usually have 500-1500 shots depending on how long I was gone. After editing out any misfocused ones and horribly off exposed photos, I'll do editing and have my favorite 40-70 in another folder. BUT sometimes it's good to go back and look at the originals to see if you missed something. I originally didn't pick this photo and looking back from a 2011 South Africa trip it's one of my better shots. Pearl-spotted Owlet peeking at something on the ground.
5 skate posts in a row? Time to get back to photos from that AZ hiking trip I took in late July. The first night of road cruising we ended up seeing 2 Gila Monsters. These are some of my favorite things to find. They look so badass, and being the only venomous lizards in the US, they kind of are. I lay in front of this one to get a decent shot. Always fun laying in the desert with cactus spines adorning the ground. I've picked so many off my elbows when I'm done shooting it's crazy.
What do you smell boy? What? Little Timmy is stuck in the well? Why don't people ever use snakes as trackers like they do bloodhounds? Maybe it's just the whole venom and danger thing. This Mojave Rattlesnake found last week was trying to figure out what I was all about by smelling me with his tongue.
First snake of the night/evening on Monday was this little Tiger Rattlesnake just as we got to a dirt road. This is a common site during the year on roads so if you can, pay attention and don't run these bad boys over! I realize not everyone out there is constantly looking for snakes like me, but that doesn't mean you aren't accidentally driving over them from time to time.
Here come the "good" photos from my trip. At least these are the ones shot with an expensive camera and not an expensive phone, I'll let you decide if they're good or not. First up is this Ridge-nosed Rattlesnake from the Huachuca Mountains. Beauty colors and markings on this one. They're found in a select few canyons and mountains in southern arizona. Big thanks to @devinbergquist @snakemannick @turtleheadphoto @socialtatts and @crotalusfr3ak for the tips and help with our trip. Fun stuff out there.
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