Finding beauty in things we may fear


Today I want to show some pictures that many people might find scary…you see we all have fears..whether they are justified or just innate…I have had a fear of heights..until we had our first real holiday ever after many many years of marriage and I had to board a plane…I realised at the end of the flight a wonderful destination awaited..this conquered my fear..an innate fear this was.. I have a fear of confrontation…I dislike it with a passion after a childhood of being taught that you had no right to stand up for yourself and that if you did you would be hit, chastised or unloved…a justified fear this is.. Moving her to our property I had to come to terms with a new fear..not Bushfires which were an issue in our last location and also a justified fear..but the fear that we shared our land with a creature that could kill us or our animals..this is in fact a combination of innate fear and justified fear. I seem to be the snake whisperer in reverse..i am always the one confronted with them..hubby has only a few experiences but me…well..let’s say they see me coming 😉 The first encounter I confess to freaking out totally as Forrest and Marbles had a snake bailed up and it was huge and reared up…I got them in with food temptations and spent the rest of the day in a sweat! The second I was also a bit freaked ..called the pups in gathered the cats but then went outside and took a photo (it was in our house yard) It was a Eastern Brown Snake ..although short fanged so can’t bite through denim etc it is still one of the deadliest snakes in the world..and on taking it’s picture …and then scarpering inside.. I saw how beautiful it was…sleek..bright eyes…and so graceful

Most likely a juvenile

Most likely a juvenile

Beauty and danger in one package

Beauty and danger in one package

Eastern Brown Snake

Eastern Brown Snake

This one passed through and I was most grateful!

The next sighting was also a Brown..as I walked this very path you see with Forrest something hissed at me..i look down and a Brown curled up right next to where i was walking..i walked Forrest inside and rang the snake catcher…he came looked un the verandah (which is now enclosed with snake wire) ..nothing..he looked around the house yard ..then headed to the pile of corrugated iron in the ground near the barn..Bingo..he yelled for me to get his bag…i did..and there trying to get away from him was a huge Brown..even he said it was a cranky one and big!!

He managed to get it before it headed off towards the dam..it was very weighty in his bag and really put up a fight! it was mating season..he was hungry and he was clearly not happy.

The snakes must be relocated within 5 km of where they were found. And the $50 dollars for the snake guy is well spent!!!!

Brown Snake ready to be safely relocated

Brown Snake ready to be safely relocated

So…I have become less fearful as I have to be practical..we share the same land and live and let live…so with the recent arrival of a dead Red-Bellied Black Snake in the house yard…again those fears arose..had the cats killed it..had they been bitten…all these fears…on closer inspection(when hubby got home…yes again..me by myself…) the snake had been dead sometime..Cleo may have bought it in to the yard as a gift! It appeared to have a large twist in the middle of it and so we have come to the conclusion that this coinciding with the recent appearance again of our Wedge-tail Eagles indicates the birds have killed it and dropped it.

I used the opportunity to take pictures…these snakes are deadly..not as much so as Browns and in fact many snake catchers refuse to remove them from properties as they keep the Browns down by killing them..they are the only living creature that can survive a Brown bite!

So I wanted to show the beauty of this snake..the colors are beautiful and yes they may be scary and deadly but let’s face it us humans can be beautiful and we are in fact more deadly than many other creatures.

So if you can conquer your fears and venture onwards you will see the Red-bellied black snake that we had in our back yard.

Remember fears are usually due to lack of knowledge …she says 🙂

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90 thoughts on “Finding beauty in things we may fear

  1. Great shots Bev and what a lovely post! What you said is very true and it’s wonderful that you can see the beauty although you are scared. They are magnificent creatures and I love them as well. It must be scary to think of one of them biting your babies and that would terrify me too but all in all we must remember they were there first. Good for you hon. Take care and be safe. 😀 *big hugs*

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    • HELLOOOOO 🙂 so lovely you popped by…and thank you for the lovely comments 🙂 yes they are scary but so beautiful…pity we fear so many things 🙂 hugs and lovies to you Bev xxx

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      • You are very welcome Bev. Yes it is a pity but I think mostly what we fear is because of our furries so they can’t be harmed. *hugs and lovies* to you too. 😀 xxx

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  2. OMG!!! I have a real phobia about snakes. I have seen a couple of Adders (our only venomous snake) in the wild.

    You mention the snake wire around your verandah. Can you put anything around your properties perimeter to stop snakes coming in at all?

    You stay safe.

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    • We could do the whole house yard with it but it is prohibitively expensive..so the best thing is too make it less attracyive..no piles of rubbish,no undergrowth,no water on the ground etc..they hate being in the open and open spaces so clearing is good..movement and vibration keep them at bay..we always were boots..all year round no matter what weather..pretty damn hot in summer ..and just keep our eyes out.. it is all part of life in the bush ….we always try and be as safe as can be Sue 🙂 hugs to you …now go have a good stiff drink !

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  3. I hate height’s, and going on a plane, frightens the life out of me but snakes. I am OK if they are not poisonous, I have even held one. You are right fear is due to lack of knowledge but I do know those ones can bite Hawhahwhahhah xxoxxxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

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    • Hahahaaha I used to hate flying..but not now…and yep deady ones are a different ball game altogether…ewwwwww I do fear bad elastic in my undies and have become obsessed with them losing their twang ! think I need help ??? extra big hugs and lovies Fozziemum xxx

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    • Molly I am not that brave..and always keep a dang good distance! these ones don’t take prisoners…and the first time I locked myself with the cats and pups inside in a sweat…why lock the door???? wahaaahaha have a great Friday Molly and hope mums feeling better :0 xxxx

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  4. Oh St. Patrick we need your help…please send the snakies far away from me :o) I agree with you, they are anipals too and they deserve to live like we all. I hope my mom is back till I need my lunch, she immediately disappeared with the first photo :o)

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        • Well that is a justifiable fear then Easy…I don’t want to get bitten by these bad boys…I would not have a very good chance of laughing it off…they are a tad deadly…all the dangerous stuff can be found down under…sheesh…poor mum..hugs xxxxx

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  5. My Mom is totally freaked out by snakes but in a photo – you’re right – some of them do have interesting colors……but they still creep me AND Mom out! Living in an area that is literally crawling with all kinds of snakes – many of which are deadly poisonous types – has to be a bit nerve-racking! EYES OPEN…..that’s probably a good policy!!!

    Hugs, Sam

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    • Indeed wide open Sammy!! they really are so beautiful and it’s funny most people who are terrified of them have never been near one…innate fear…we humans are really an enigma 🙂 hugs Fozziemum xxx

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  6. I like red bellied black snakes. They seem to be quite shy and non threatening. I have quite a few snakes around here, but haven’t seen any lately. Luckily I don’t see browns and prefer not to.
    I hate heights but love planes as being encapsulated doesn’t worry me, although could not do hot air balloons. I’ve been upset the last 2 days as my favourite critter my baby kookaburra was sick a couple of evenings ago and I’m pretty sure she was poisoned by a cane toad. She would probably eat 1, despite me regularly feeding her. Such a shame and a waste. She really had attitude and was very tame. Still terribly dry here, hardly any rain, and hot.

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    • They certainly are better guests than browns!!! no which ine iw ould prefer to come across…hot air balloon…dunno …parasailing yep…I do hope your baby kooka’s ok…cane toads are a damnable beast….we introduce one thing to kill another thing and so on and so forth…..we had 5.5 ml that;s it…still dry as a chip too and an emergency warning for a bushfire today near the place we used to live….so still damn dangerous….not so hot but muggy and quite warm…some Autumn hey?

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  7. I have a fear of heights too but not of airplanes. I just don’t like looking over a railing on the tenth floor of a tall building. My wife and I went to the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse but neither of us wanted to venture out to the edge of the railing.

    As far as snakes go, I was lucky that I started playing with them as I child so I never developed a fear of them. I was with a friend and caught one when I was eight or ten and wanted to bring it home. At first it bit me a couple of times on my knuckles but I quickly learned if I held it closer to the head it couldn’t hurt me (fortunately we didn’t have poisonous snakes near Chicago). I also caught a snake that escaped from a cage in my elementary school while the teacher and entire class watched from a distance.

    Here in Florida we have rattle snakes and water moccasin, both venomous, so I am more cautious around snakes now but I don’t think any snake will bite a human unless you surprise it or it feels threatened (or it’s large enough to swallow you).

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    • Must admit I get the heebie jeebies at the thought of looking over railings if tall buildings..planes fine parasailing fine but the building thing..ewwwww…and I have a healthy respect for our snakes here..yes if you tread on them or hassle them they will bite…browns are notoriously aggressive..the big one that the snake dude caught was not happy but then he was disturbed and hungry and looking for love….would never go too close to one though strike height 2/3rd’s their length..the red bellied was about four and half feet long…and had been eating well looking at his girth…:)

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  8. I’m okay with snakes — unless I run up on one! I’ve never been close to any as big as these unless they were in a glass enclosure. I do believe I would completely freak out! Perhaps if I knew my snakes well enough — which ones would hurt me, which ones won’t — I might feel better. I did hold a boa one time; a complete weird sensation (it was someone’s pet)!

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  9. I had to look at these pictures from across the room – way across the room. Like the laptop was in my bedroom and I was entirely in the den on the opposite side of the house. Shivers. Great pics though. XOXO – Bacon

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      • No. It’s good to see and it’s part of this world. They are all God’s little creatures….even if they make us flinch and run and hide under the couch – snorts. XOXO – Bacon

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        • Haahahh and lock the door????? why I locked the door the first time is beyond me bwahahahaah and really unless you step on them or hassle them they prefer to be away from you..if you stand perfectly still they will pass as you do not smell like food or look like food…when I researched more I felt less fear..perhaps as I knew their behaviours,habits and also how to make our yard less appealing…so proof I suppose that we fear what we do not understand…..I should fear the telephone..i still don’t get the whole way sound travels…bwahahhaha hugs Fozziemum xxx

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  10. I held my breath through reading this entire post. Yes the skins are rather beautiful-though I think I would rather see them on a pair of shoes JUST KIDDING!! 😉 😉 But there is something about them slithering that just makes my skin crawl (no pun intended) You are right that you need to live alongside them, they are living creatures- it is terribly frightening to know they are poisonous. Thanks for sharing though- so interesting, as where I am we see an occassional eastern garter snake and that’s it.

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    • Hahaahahaah I know the feeling..to watch them move is quite unnerving….and they are so fast..i had no idea how fast..all muscle…don’t get me wrong I would not want to get too close to either of these guys as they are indeed deadly and especially the Brown…reason why I sweat all summer because jeans and boots are summer wear here!!!! garter snakes are small and not poisonous is that right ?

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  11. Seriously…I am deathly afraid of snakes…I would have lost my mind (what I have left of it, LOL)…if I were in your shoes….You are a warrior!!!! Blessings and protection to you and your furry fam every single outing!!!! Hugs always my friend!!!!

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  12. There is a difference between paralyzing fear and respect. I am not necessarily afraid of snakes but let’s just say I respect their personal space, as I hope they respect mine. I’m glad you took the opportunity for the photo shoot, that belly is magnificent. Such color! Thanks for sharing.

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  13. I’ve been wearing a favourite old pair of pointy faux snake skin shoes around the place.Not quite ideal for the bush but I love them anyway. So my eyes not quite as good as they were, I will be weeding or picking sticks off the ground and see bits of them thinking “look out snake'” then thinking, “no it’s just the shoes”.

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    • Hahaahhah…I was weeding out the back last year amongst some groundcover and thought oh it’s a bit of nylex hose….no snake skin..it had clearly come through and rubbed it’s skin off there…so my eyes are not that great either hahahahah 🙂

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      • Yeh, I know. You always have to stay just that bit alert living in the bush. My house is festooned with fab snake skins that I’ve found just under the house.
        Ah, well as long as they are earning their keep keeping rodents down.
        They seem to be hiding lately though.

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        • We give them to our grandson …we have found some whoppers..and I always wonder if that was too small….then…hmmm and I agree the rat problem would get out of control without them…I have rules…stay out of my yard please….sometimes they listen 🙂 have not seen many this season either..i wonder if its the extreme heat or the fact the block next door was cleared for a house and it’s a huge open space…

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                • Sorry been at the vets..Forrest had a baby brown and the coag test came up that he most likely has ben bitten he is at the vets had antivenene and they are monitoring him …fingers crossed I got him in time…

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                • Sorry to hear that. Wow, you got some Rescue Remedy for you? You know the Bach flower remedy for shock?
                  Lucky you were on to it fast. He will be o.k., saying prayers for him xx.

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                • I do have Bach remedies here 🙂 and yes I am sure he will be fine..he’s home and his urine tests were ok so I think we got him in time ..just monitor him for 48 hours he has the antivenene in him so far all good..thanks for the prayers 🙂 xxx

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                • Thank goddess. I think I need a shot of Rescue Remedy!
                  A few drops every now and then probably won’t go astray for Forrest too. Happy he is o.k. and home with you.

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                • Yep I think it will do him some good indeed..i am going to run a big bubble bath and zen out….it was a stressful morning for sure…and hot on the post about snakes…vet says this is the second baby brown bite this week..i think they are late out due to the heat we had..i also think the clutches hatch in late feb so now I will be all eyes…sheesh..give yourself a shot too ..what a morning!

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                • I don’t have pets now so I don’t have to worry about them all the time. So instead I constantly worry about all my critters which are now my pets. Even if it is someone else’s I still really worry. You have some rescue remedy all around, enjoy your bath, he will be fine. xx

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                • It’s a curse of caring mine natures or someone elses..still worry …;) I will enjoy..chillax all round here now…thanks again for the lovely caring 🙂 xxx

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  14. Makes me glad wes only has rattlers and garter snakes and one called a rubber boa and yellow bellied racers. The only ones that are poisonous are rattlers and they sure are not as deadly as the snakes yous guys have. Me is glad me lives here and NOT there!
    Stay safe
    Kisses
    Nellie

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    • Nellie I always thought as a little girl Rattlers were THE deadliest…pity I found out we have them here…dang…I have heard oft he tallow bellied racers and the boas…boy what a vast variety of snakies the world has..we have the deadliest goodies down under that’s for sure…our scorpions here in the garden aren’t thankgooness….one came up thru a crack between floorboards(joys of a drought that sucked the life outta them…dang) and was near my foot….ewwwww I would look after you though Nellie 🙂 hugs and lovies Fozziemum xxx

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  15. A beautiful and moving post Bev. I love snakes but also respect how dangerous they are. You are a brave and amazing woman. I am not afraid of snakes but I would be worried for my animals if they bought one home. An interesting story actually that it turned out an Eagle dropped it and then the cats bought it home to you. I would have thought at first that a cat killed it. 🙂

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    • Sharon we have an update..Forrest is at the vets as we speak..he found a baby brown and has most likelyl been bitten..he had a coag test and it was 17 when the limit is 15 so he is on a drip and has had antivene he is being monitored for any signs of reaction..the vet will check his wee later for blood etc..he is not quite out of the woods yet…fingers crossed I found him in time….I feel ill 😦

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  16. Great photos Bev!!! I like the Garter snakes we see in the forests here. they are harmless…I wish all snakes were. rattle snakes are venomous & I stay well away!!
    They are beautiful. They can be deadly. What an enigma!!
    I have had a huge Boa Constrictor wrapped around me & that was an awesome experience….back in 1980 (when I was fearless) at the Outdoor Show….back in early 90’s my then Sister-In-Law had a 6 foot long Python named Monty (OK not so original) but I did enjoy hanging out with him & stroking him….
    So I have love & respect & a bit of fear when dealing with snakes….
    more than I have for some humans 😉
    Sherri-Ellen xo

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    • I agree Sherri-Ellen..respect for our native animals is paramount…pythons are awesome..all snakes are beautiful and should be treated with respect…I was not really happy that the one yesterday had to be sent to it’s maker but to be positively id’d at the vets I was not taking a live snake..and Forrests welfare had to take precedence..sadly it’s the land we live on..11 acres and it found it’s way into our house yard..so sorry but that’s our safe zone…poor thing doing what it does and Forrest doing what a doggie does..world’s collide. and yes much more respect than for most people ;0 Bev xxx

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  17. I know; we all know you would not kill for sport or being careless…this snake caused a problem & I think you did the right thing. I would not want to transport a live venomous snake period.
    Creator will understand…
    We are all so reieived Forrest is all right now. Your quick thinking & actions saved the day & the dog, lol 🙂
    Love Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue

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    • Still don’t like it at all..poor thing …Phil had to do it while I flung clothes on (I was still in my pj’s) threw a bucket out the door to him for the snake put Doc in the laundry got the girls in rang the vet…sheesh…then there was nearly a head on accident on the way down and I was like if this holds me up I am going to kill someone …seriously…idiot turned right in front of two oncoming cars..had to close my eyes….today …peace please !!! 🙂 loves Bev xxxx

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    • They are stunning Misaki…sadly we had a bad experience this weekend but the snakes are only being snakes and pups will be pups….your dad wuld love the ones here..but at a distance these ones are not the holding kind…even the snake guys that come and relocate them hate dealing with Browns..they are an aggressive snakie that;s for sure!

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  18. Wow you work well under pressure. I am like that too. After the fact I would go to pieces!!! I hope the weekend has been uneventful & you have gotten some rest. Hope the Fibro did not flare-up with the shock!
    How is Fozzie boy today?
    Love Sheri-Ellen & Nylablue too xoxoxoxo

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    • Well the headache has started and the bits are aching so I think a flare is coming..plus the brain fog….sheesh..i will try and rest up today …Fozziebear is perfectly fine today 🙂 thankfully 🙂 Love Bev and gang xxx

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  19. I am so relieved Fozziebear is doing well today!!!
    Now you need some rest & recupe time!
    Shock really knocks our bodies for a loop doesn’t it???
    I hope the headache passes & you feel better soon.
    (((HUGS))) Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue too xoxoxo

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