A Cobra Hijacked My Camera Bag!

Jan 25, 2013
The Reptile Report
by Editor in Chief

The Reptile Report - When I first started working with Robyn and Chad on the early concepts of TRR, I discovered a far wider and broader world of forums than I’d realized existed.  One special gem of this discovery was a site called Field Herp Forum.  This is a site filled with amazing photographers showing off their talent and their love and respect for herps of all sorts.

One of my favorite contributors is a man named Hans Breuer (twoton).  He not only takes great pictures, but he also surrounds his pictures with stories both fascinating and amusing.  I remember finding a thread early on with pictures of a cobra wrapped securely around a camera bag that had been set down on the road, and laughing at the story of that particularly unique adventure.

So when I found out that he had published a book called, of all things, A Cobra Hijacked My Camera Bag!  I knew at once that I had to have it.  I was not disappointed.

Have you ever looked at those beautiful herp photography threads and thought how effortless the pictures looked?  Have you ever flipped rocks and scanned trees and seen nothing but a few rolly polly bugs, the silhouettes of distant birds, and maybe a squirrel?  How do they do it?   How do they manage not only to find the coolest animals on the planet, but then to capture them in breathtaking pictures?

This book gives a lot of insight into how that happens.  You’ll learn just how much effort, practice, dogged determination, and infinite patience goes into being a successful herper and photographer.  If you let it, this book will inspire and spur you on to your own herping adventures, realizing that not every flipped rock must have a snake under it in order for you to be successful.

I was surprised at how rich and dense the text of this book was.  I was expecting more of a picture-book with some cool side-bar stories.  It’s not that.  It’s a solid read full of fascinating facts about the snakes of Taiwan and crazy stories of adventures that went into learning these facts first hand.  Hans Breuer is at least as talented a writer as he is a photographer.  He gives a refreshingly frank and honest view of what life is like for those compelled to spend all their free time digging under rotten logs and slogging through ditches just for the chance to catch a glimpse of something most people would rather avoid.

And there are, of course, many beautiful pictures scattered throughout the book.  My only criticism of the entire work is that I wish there were more pictures, especially specific pictures connected to some of the stories told.  But I also understand the harsh reality of printing costs and the painful need to edit.  Maybe this book will be successful enough to justify a second book with even more pictures…on glossy pages!  (A girl can dream, can’t she?)

I got my copy from Amazon.com, so I know it’s available through that source, at least.  If I learn of other sources, I’ll edit this message to include them.

I enthusiastically recommend this book to anyone who loves or appreciates:
— herping in general
— snakes in particular
— exotic lands and adventures
— a good story
— learning new things
— great photography

A Cobra Hijacked My Camera Bag!
Snakes and Stories from Taiwan

By Hans Breuer

With Much Respect,
Judy Clothier
Chief Editor of The Reptile Report


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