Australia has a reputation for having some of the fiercest creatures in the world. We have deadly snakes, stingers and the odd croc up north, but sometimes things aren’t always as they seem. What can appear downright scary on the surface can be pretty harmless, if we’re game to look closer. Still, I have to admit that on our travels we’ve met a few undesirable characters.
Take this Stumpy Tail lizard for example. I know I’ve posted his pic before but he’s the classic model for Fierce Dude of the year. He looks cranky and, given that he spat at us when we got out of the car, he obviously has no manners. BUT he was pretty harmless. Still, he can stay in the wild. He’s not sharing my sleeping bag.
Then there’s George the Emu. We didn’t know his name when we arrived at Little Desert Camping Ground. All we knew was there was a fierce looking emu with an evil glint in his eye stalking the camp ground. Would you trust this face?
Turns out that he was orphaned as a young chick and raised in the Sanctuary. When he was released into the wild he kept returning and now he considers the camp ground his home. We grew used to him strutting around and after a while his fierceness took on a look of mild curiosity.
Then there are snakes, the venomous ones. Brown snakes, tiger snakes, any snakes, I’m scared of them all … call it a healthy respect.
Like this slithering specimen. If I’d encountered him in the bush I’d probably scream and run a mile. But he’s not venomous or even that fierce.
If he was he’d never be around my husband’s neck, with my kids patting him. Aaagh.
Then there are the spiders. For the ultimate horror campfire, I’ll never forget when these fierce flames made a colony of huntsman spiders scurry like wildfire from inside the logs. I had nightmares for weeks afterwards!
Thankfully when we go camping we’re off the ground. WAY off the ground and well away from the creatures of the night. Yes I’m a happy camper, but I’m not a stupid one.
Do you need a fierce state of mind to tackle the Australian outdoor life? Not really, just an adventurous spirit and a willingness to embrace the unknown. A lot like life really.
May we all be open to new and exciting ventures. May we keep a brave spirit, out on our travels, at home and where ever we are.
Stay fierce, true and strong and enjoy the journey.
In response to Ailsa’s Travel theme: Fierce at Where’s my Backpack