Piece description from the artist

I found this garter snake hiding in the Oregeno plant. This was definitely an exercise in patience. I had to be completely still for a while for him to come up and visit. Snakes normally don't stay still long enough to get a shot like this, but this day I lucked out.

Other works by Tracy Costello

About Tracy Costello

Kyle, TX

A native of Las Vegas (but now calls Austin home), Tracy began honing her skills in a series of classes in 2013. If she had to describe her style, ‘up close and personal’ sums it up – she wants the viewer to connect with the subject – to “get” what her subject is feeling at that moment. While portraits were her original passion, she developed a love for macro. Except for roaches and mosquitoes, she now actively searches for bugs and weeds; something she never thought she would do. She wants to show you that everything has beauty if you can simply stop and take in what makes it unique.

Her photos have garnered recognition from an array of outlets, including Nat Geo Your Shot (Daily Dozen feature), Instagram,, and YouPic, and she has also contributed to Austin Way Magazine. In March 2018, she was invited to contribute and display her work in 11 Women Photographers at The Grackle Art Gallery in Fort Worth; in July 2018, she was invited to contribute and display her work in Portraits: Masked/Unmasked curated by Barbara Koerble at The Fort Worth Community Arts Center; and in January 2019, she was invited to contribute and display her work in the 2019 People’s Gallery Exhibition at Austin City Hall.

See Tracy's portfolio here

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