People love to expound on the beauties of nature and wonder of living close to the land. Well I have to admit ardent environmentalist that I am I am also the biggest anti-camper you may ever meet. I would preach in churches, by the roadside (as long as it wasn’t too close to the bush), in shopping malls and wherever I could to expound on the dangers inherent for the Australian Camper. However this little writing challenge has provided me with a perfect platform to show once and for all that camping is a contact sport when it comes to the Australian bush. So let us begin with finding something to eat:
Python vs Possum and I’m afraid the possum is not at the advantage – now for all you sceptics out there this shot was taken three days ago by a woman in her backyard on the outskirts of Brisbane – the capital of Queensland and not in the middle of the outback. I will say that this is just a carpet snake and not the largest of its kind, which generally resides in the roof in suburban areas and goes out periodically to dine. Now onto finding the perfect spot for dining of an afternoon.
Ah yes the shady spot in the corner of the yard, just where you might like to sit out of the sun and read away the afternoons heat. If you looked up you could still see the possum’s tail just hanging there. Bad news is the possum is still alive and will be until it suffocates inside the snake. Finally we move on to finishing up before going home:
So now that we have that cleared up does anyone dispute my right not to camp. This is just a mid size python and not even poisonous.
The wonderful thing about Australia is that if it can eat you, poison you, sting you, paralyze you or just flat out kill you we have it here in the water and the outback, under the house and in the back shed, by the woodpile and in your garden. If you look up the top 10 most deadly of any species chances are (outside lions etc) you’ll find one of ours in the top 5. I will be putting up another post a little later of python vs crocodile – you know just for fun.