Wes James

A collection of photos of the things I love, my adventures, and interactions with wildlife.

Attention Followers

On my last post I reblogged with photos sent to me from a facebook of someone with the same last name, similar appearance, lives in the same city and who also likes to kill snakes. 

However upon further scrutiny, asking around, and new information I have found that these are not the same men that I was tipped off to. While I don’t agree with the actions of either person the second set of photos it’s not of the guy who killed the indigo. so if all who reblogged the second set would take down the modified post I’d be grateful not to cause that guy too much of a fuss even if he’s not exactly a responsible outdoorsman. 

Humans are the only species that try to justify evil.

backwoodscountryboy97:

Everyone who can please take some time and report this to Florida fish and wildlife commissions (FWC) This guy killed a protected eastern indigo (drymarchon couperi) in the state of Florida. Which can lead to him serving jail time. Conservation can’t work if we got idiots like him killing indigos. The website to report him is http://m.myfwc.com/contact/wildlife-alert/ Or google FWC report.

myakka Florida. Manatee county
 

This, is heartbreaking.  

  My name is Wesley James. I live in Sarasota Florida and have been hiking Myakka State Park for as long as I’ve had legs. 

I have, in 23 years, never ONCE seen a single wild indigo snake. They are not only my most favorite animal in Florida but among some of the most rare animals in the US.

The eastern indigo is critically endangered living almost exclusively in burrows of the also protected and also declining gopher tortoise(Gopherus polyphemus) which has had much of its habitat destroyed due to urban development. They are a harmless but large black colubrid, the largest in the US in fact, and often killed because of their imposing size. Anyone who has spent time with these animals knows however that they are quite docile and not inclined to bite at all. These animals are in extreme decline from all fronts due to a number of causes and unfortunately among them people who intentionally kill them. This, this akin to intentionally killing a rhino or Andean condor in terms of both rarity and ecological significance and it gets worse…

  Judging from the size of this animal it’s likely to be a female. What this man has done is not only killed one single endangered animal but taken a whole possible generation of offspring. Females of snakes are not only important for birthing new generations but often much less common than males. In populations of certain species the ratio can be 10 to 1 and in extreme cases (certain garters) 100+ to 1. Taking a female out of the wild could prove potentially fatal to an entire local population. 

Please, even if you are not fond of snakes, if you love animals understand that what this person has done is terrible, illegal, and damages both this species and the environment that it lives in. I love these animals, I love them with all my heart and the fact that this makes it that much less likely to see one hurts like losing a friend. I have several contacts in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and will be reporting this but if you could please share to spread awareness about this species I would be extremely grateful. 

                                            Thank you. -Wes. 

One thing I love about scorpions is that nearly all species are florescent white or yellow under ultraviolet light. 

This species (Centruroides hentzi) from Florida it normally a dull brown and  orange but reflects a bright pale yellow under UV.

Recently came across two of these little guys (Centruroides hentzi) or -Florida striped scorpion

These guys are still not half grown yet but I’m looking forward to studying them and watching them get bigger. I may have come across a male and female because I found them near each other on the same tree. Hopefully we get some babies! 

Flooded trails. 

The rain brings out some great fungi this time of year. 

Anyone know what species this is?

Location- Southwest Florida. 

nikki31 said: You're in Florida right? Do you ever worry about alligators while kayaking around? I'm on the southeast side of the state, and it kinda freaks me out a little bit to see them so close to me in the water. But also, my kayak is inflatable, so....

haha well maybe if I was in an inflatable but the truth is in a kayak we are quite large and look nothing like their prey. 

I’ve been within inches of gators in my kayak and never once had one act aggressively. Alligators aren’t nearly as agro as things like saltwater and Nile crocs. They always run or submerge whenever I have approached them. The only real danger is in alligators that have been fed by and are used to humans. They only see us as a food source if we give food to them. In that scenario I’d be weary but they’re real quick to get out of your way :)

"Take only pictures, leave only footprints." 

Here’s a throwback for ya,

So I get asked a lot by people, most often women. “Why on earth would someone want to gain weight?!” Well…. for those I didn’t know before I started lifting, or those who think I have a “gifted” body here you go-

The picture in the far left is me at the severely underweight 145lbs, and for a 6’1” male that is not just skinny, that’s unhealthy. Between the ages of 16 and 19 I was struggling with severe depression and lost nearly 30lbs from not eating enough or doing much of anything. 
I finally started to gain a little back from eating better but it wasn’t until my friend Mark (pictured left) decided to train me that I really became motivated. It was a long, painful, and constant struggle to keep weight on but in a little over 2 years i gained nearly 40lbs, 90% of which was muscle. I went from benching barely 60lbs to over 235 in that time. Eating 3,000+ calories a day, working out 4 days a week, and constantly pushing myself. Forcing myself to do this natural, turning down steroids while I watched my peers abuse them and cheat their way up there. Having to listen to people give me flack about being “lucky” to be skinny, and criticize me for trying to feel good about myself. Despite my metabolism and having a genetic disease that weakens my connective tissue, I managed to for the first time in my life gain a body that I could be proud of. I didn’t just gain “weight” I gained mass, muscle, strength. I got a body that could do and move so much more than before, and while I’ve been out of the game for a bit, and while it’s still a struggle to keep pounds on I have proven to myself that I can do this. I only get one body, and I want to make it as capable as I can while it’s here.

Rambo loves to perch. He normally does this at night and I really dig snakes that just hang out like this. I hope he keeps this behavior into adulthood. 

When I can’t sleep I hike the jungle in my head until I get lost.

People- “What’s your accent?”

Me-Trying not to sound inescapably southern. 

  Another gem in the pantheon of badly made vegan memes of Tumblr. While I support the ethical treatment of animals and veganism, it’s key to point out that this poster is flagrantly wrong and silly. 
First off, Oh my god no one eats ravens or sparrows. Besides having little to no meat it’s VERY ILLEGAL IN THE US to kill a native non-game bird.
More importantly however there are huge assumptions in this that need to be addressed. 
The picture uses “we" and "us" asserting (Humans don’t crave meat) as some kind us universal constant in people. It’s so bad it doesn’t try to support it, simply stating all people feel this way. This kind of thing is seen a lot in religious and political propaganda like "Gays want to take our freedom" or "Creationism has evidence to support it" It’s not true, not hardly, but that specific person feels that way and tries to use that personal feeling to promote something. 
As for- “the image of eating an animal repulses us” Who? Vegans? Vegetarians? Who is “Us”?  it certainly can’t speak for the whole of human population. Try telling a Kalahari Bushman that and he won’t waste energy laughing at you because he needs it to catch his antelope. 
 There is something this addresses, though poorly, that I do think is quite valid. It’s the idea that “meat” being relegated to a small square on a bun, with no eyes or a face distances “us” too much from this material coming from a living, breathing, feeling animal. And I think there is a lot of truth in that. Those “I don’t want it looking at me” people are part of why we treat animals so poorly in the USA. They make us forget where it came from. Growing up near the woods on the coast of Florida I have killed and eaten a lot of my own meat. I know what it means to take a life and I damn sure crave that fish I fought half an hour to bring to shore. But what that did was teach me respect for death, and life. It taught me how sacred every pound of flesh is and how to respect that animal in its life before death. You can never forget where meat comes from when you take it yourself. It is only in as precious and detached a society as ours where an image this absurd can even exist. Yes, we should move toward a society that is less dependent on the kind of farming we do but running around with “PEEPS DONT REALLY LIKE MEAT” is not only a blatant disregard for human history and biology but possibly quite offensive to cultures around the world who aren’t as privileged as us. 

  Another gem in the pantheon of badly made vegan memes of Tumblr. While I support the ethical treatment of animals and veganism, it’s key to point out that this poster is flagrantly wrong and silly. 

First off, Oh my god no one eats ravens or sparrows. Besides having little to no meat it’s VERY ILLEGAL IN THE US to kill a native non-game bird.

More importantly however there are huge assumptions in this that need to be addressed. 

The picture uses “we" and "us" asserting (Humans don’t crave meat) as some kind us universal constant in people. It’s so bad it doesn’t try to support it, simply stating all people feel this way. This kind of thing is seen a lot in religious and political propaganda like "Gays want to take our freedom" or "Creationism has evidence to support it" It’s not true, not hardly, but that specific person feels that way and tries to use that personal feeling to promote something. 

As for- “the image of eating an animal repulses us” Who? Vegans? Vegetarians? Who is Us”?  it certainly can’t speak for the whole of human population. Try telling a Kalahari Bushman that and he won’t waste energy laughing at you because he needs it to catch his antelope. 

 There is something this addresses, though poorly, that I do think is quite valid. It’s the idea that “meat” being relegated to a small square on a bun, with no eyes or a face distances “us” too much from this material coming from a living, breathing, feeling animal. And I think there is a lot of truth in that. Those “I don’t want it looking at me” people are part of why we treat animals so poorly in the USA. They make us forget where it came from. Growing up near the woods on the coast of Florida I have killed and eaten a lot of my own meat. I know what it means to take a life and I damn sure crave that fish I fought half an hour to bring to shore. But what that did was teach me respect for death, and life. It taught me how sacred every pound of flesh is and how to respect that animal in its life before death. You can never forget where meat comes from when you take it yourself. It is only in as precious and detached a society as ours where an image this absurd can even exist. Yes, we should move toward a society that is less dependent on the kind of farming we do but running around with “PEEPS DONT REALLY LIKE MEAT” is not only a blatant disregard for human history and biology but possibly quite offensive to cultures around the world who aren’t as privileged as us. 

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