Australia has many very scary things both big and small. plant and animal. So here are a few I have encountered.
The Australian rainforest is a scary, unpredictable place. Other countries call this the jungle. Ticks, leaches, spiders, stinging trees, poisonous plants all these small things are lurking around to catch you. But in the waterways all through the top-end of Australia you could suddenly be confronted with this…..
You know what they say “Never smile at a crocodile…”
Down south in Tasmania this little devil could jump out and tear you to bits.
Fortunately for me I found this savage beast behind a fence and in an enclosure at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. They are now an endangered species and being decimated by a horrible facial cancer that, so far, they have no cure for.
Spooky misty morning in the camp ground
Even camping in the bush can be a scary experience when you wake up to this spooky, misty morning, (actually I found it quite beautiful)
Rushing out to take photos I had to be very careful I didn’t wrap myself into this web…
Spider in the bush
Now you would think your own backyard is a safe place, right? Not so in Australia…
Golden Orb spider over the garage
This female Golden Orb spider had spun its web right across the front of the garage. If you look very carefully, just between the spider’s back 2 legs is a small bundle wrapped in the web. I think that is the male orb spider, once they have done their duty the female kills the poor thing. These spiders are, fortunately, not poisonous. We do have many spiders that are. I used to have a lot of red back spiders around the garden but I, with the help of the birds, have got rid of them..
But then there is this BIG daddy that lived in our garden for quite a while till one day he went to visit a neighbour’s garden and that neighbour slashed him with an axe and killed him. What a sad end for a beautiful creäture.
Python waiting for dinner in our garden
He would lay coiled in this tree for hours waiting for a bird to land. I never saw the final strike, but would often see a pile of feathers under the tree. The Python would then slither off to the fish ponds for a drink.
Carpet Python drinking at our fish pond
We loved sharing our garden with this beautiful snake, he is non-poisonous. Different story when one of the brown snakes come by, they are one of Australia’s most venomous snakes
This is a challenge I have just found by reading about it on one of my favourite blogs. Zeebra Designs and Destinations is a wonderful blog that showcases Lisa’s life in Costa Rica Ecuador with photos , stories and some of her amazing art work. Follow the link to look at her scary things.
Now the idea is that you go to this Wild Weekly Photo site, have a look at the posts and like or comment on them, and I would just love you if you comment on this post also…