Jason Rothmeyer Skater Profile
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Hometown: Long Beach CA, Stance: Regular, Age: 42, Status: Pro
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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.
This beauty of a Mojave Rattlesnake was found on Tuesday night when @devinbergquist @snakemannick and @turtleheadphoto went road cruising with me in southeast Az. Such a beauty. I thought for a second it was a blacktail because it was so bright. Love the variation of these guys even though they're so common everywhere.
Yesterday morning, @snakemannick found this epic pair of Ridgenosed Rattlesnakes while we were hiking the mountains of arizona. This is one of the trickiest rattlesnakes to find in the US. Their habitat is very specific and isolated. Love these dudes. As soon as I get home I'll start posting the "good" pics of these bad boys as opposed to these cell phone ones.
I'll be taking over the @ridgemont_outfitters Instagram for the next 3 days (and still posting here too) while trekking around Southeast Arizona looking for snakes and all types of ill stuff. And....if you're looking for some hiking shoes that perform great and don't make you look like a total tool, check out Ridgemontoutfitters.com and peep their stuff.
Probably the best camouflaged bird I've ever seen is this Great Potoo in Peru. It was right in front of us and it took me a good second to see it, even though it's about the size of an owl. I have a further away shot where it's very difficult to see. They usually perch vertically like this at the top of dead tree trunks and are near impossible to spot unless you know what to look for.
What you looking at fool? These Andean Cock-of-the-rock birds are so crazy looking. It's almost hard to tell what's going on with their heads. This one has that curious look as it cranes it's head. While in Peru we found a spot that was thick with these birds. People search far and wide to see these bad boys.
It's National Snake Day today? Let me see if I have any photos of snakes....yup. I've got 15,000 right here. This is my favorite looking snake in the good ole USA. Banded Rock Rattlesnake from the Chiricahua Mountains in Az. They've got this green and pink hue that is really hard to capture on photos and blend into that lichen on that rock. It's amazing looking. Hoping to find a few next week when I go camping /hiking in AZ with @devinbergquist @turtleheadphoto
It's been a few years since I've gone up and seen the elephant seals on the central coast near San Simeon. I need to head up there soon. These guys get into some serious battles as evidence by the scars all over their faces and big bodies. Larger than walruses, they're incredible and most people don't know we have them so close to SoCal. @jamiethomas go check these guys out this week.
Headed to AZ next week to enjoy the monsoon season and all the photo opportunities that come with them. Hoping to run into another one of these awesome Gila Monsters along with some of the other treasures out there. I think I'm going to do 3 days next week before working in Phoenix and Vegas and another trek out there in late August.
I'm moving on from hummingbirds and just going back to ransoms. Here's another view of the many Emerald Glass Frogs we saw while down in Costa Rica 3 months ago. I think we found 20 of them in about 2 hours near the stream. Lost my best flashlight into that stream but it was worth it for the good photos and funny story.
Here's a different view of the Hummingbird I posted 2 days ago. Aptly named Violet-tailed Sylph for their cool colored tail. All these hummingbirds in the area have a sort of metallic sheen to their feathers/color that is so amazing looking. This photo and a few others were featured in an architecture book about using nature as a guide for architecture.
Macaws for days son! Here's what a clay lick looks like in the amazon from Peru in 2012. Parrots and macaws use these exposed cliffs of clay to help with their digestion. A lot of the seeds they ingest have toxins in them, so they eat chunks of clay and it neutralizes it. We watched these guys for a while. These are all red and green macaws with one single scarlet macaw off to the far left when I panned over. Love these dudes in the wild.
Ever wonder where bats just chill out during the day in the rainforest? Well....this certain species here will bite the back of a plant and it's leaves will curl up. This gives the bats a nice spot to hang out during daylight. Just have to find the curled up leaves and there they are. It usually seems like it's a crew of4 when I find them too.
African White-backed Vulture. This is the classic African bird and I was stoked to see a bunch of them while there in South Africa the last 3 years I visited. Can't wait to see these bad boys again this October. Yo @chriscobracole tell @redcole to stop biting my photos and getting them tattooed on her.
Who doesn't love Boobies, right? Blue-footed Boobies and their crazy mating dance style and ritual. The male on the left will pick up these sticks and present them to the female in hopes of getting down with her. Thing is, they don't build nests out of the sticks. They're strictly for show, they don't serve any purpose. The males also lifts his feet up to show how blue the bottom of his feet are. It's pretty funny to watch.
Found this family of Cape Foxes in the Kalahari during my first trip there in 2011. It's scenes like this that are pushing me to make a trek back to the same area this year when we go run the skate contest for the @kimberleydiamondcup My wife and I spend probably 20 minutes parked next to this den of foxes watching them go in and out. It was awesome. Nobody else around as well, which always makes it that much better to me.
The first snorkel we went on in the Galapagos in 2011 we jumped into the water from the dinghy and swam around this islet out in open water. Right away I saw a shark within 5 min of being in the water. It took me little while to get used to swimming around them but my wife and I got so hooked on it. We pretty much had to, they were almost on every snorkel we went on. This is a nice white tipped reef shark and then some hammerheads we were lucky enough to find in some super deep water. The hammerheads were HUGE.
While in South Africa last year at Umkhumbi lodge I went out hiking each day hoping to see a Gaboon Adder. This is the southernmost extent of their range but they're almost impossible to find. So I cheated and was able to shoot photos of the captive one the lodge owner had. This is in it's natural habitat near their driveway. Insane how well camouflaged they are to the leaf litter. This snake has the largest fangs of any snake in the world I believe. They're so badass.
At the lodge I stayed in while in South Africa last year (ink humbug lodge) they had an awesome resident Rock Monitor that lives in the roof above the patio. He wouldn't come out much aside from just poking his head out a little. These guys are bad ass and get pretty large. This one was about 2.5-3ft long in the body not counting the tail.
2 years ago during monsoon season I was hiking in the Huachuca mountains in AZ with a friend looking for snakes. We went up the trail and I decided to check out a dry riverbed for stuff. As I ducked under these branches this bad boy was right in front of me about 15ft away. Took me totally by surprise, not expecting a bear that day. I shot some quick photos as I backed away and we went the opposite direction...but the bear decided he wanted to follow along to see what was up with us. About 1/2 mile further it was apparent it wasn't going away so I took off my camera, backpack and all that and was ready to run/climb if necessary. I clapped and made noise but it didn't work, but tossing a few large rocks near it did the trick. It stopped and turned around (not hitting it with rocks mind you, just making it aware). I was hyped seeing it at first, but then not so much as it got dicey. I'm pretty sure we could have just stood there and let it come up and sniff us, but it wasn't worth the risk. But it would have been fun to try.
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