One day, when I was out photographing in my ancestral village, a small village near Thirthahalli, in the Western Ghats of Karnataka, this pretty Green Vine Snake appeared in the bushes. It played hide-and-seek for a while. After taking a few head-on shots, I was looking for some unique perspectives.

Suddenly, the snake peeped through a big, heart-shaped leaf. From one particular angle, the leaf covered its entire body, and just the eye was visible. Additionally, the leaf’s patterns formed a foreground with a radiating effect. That is when I knew that this was the magical moment to capture.

I'm watching you

I’m watching you

This image was the winner in the ‘Animal Portraits’ category, at Nature in Focus (2016), Bengaluru.