Monday, November 12, 2007

the pros and cons of fauna

I saw that huge spider this weekend. It was outside the window where I sat reading a book, relaxing at these fantastic rammed-earth cottages we stayed at, near a place called Dunsborough south of Perth. We think it was a Huntsman spider, which are BIIIIG, but apparently harmless to humans. Still... I kept my eye out for it pretty devotedly, I can tell you, just before I went to bed. Both fascinating and terrifying.

We also saw cute little geckos and, from a cliff, a whale of some kind, and later, some dolphins swimming up the river. We did not see kangaroos, which my sister and brother had promised we would see at dusk because the last time they stayed at those cottages there was a herd of about forty.

Other than Australian fauna we walked through a forest of GIGANTIC trees, a "Mammoth Cave" that felt like a cathedral, and around the cliffs near a lighthouse. By the time we got back to Perth this afternoon it was at least 35 DEGREES, or at the most 39. (That's around 100 degrees fahrenheit.) So this evening we went for a swim at the beach - the swim was bee-autiful. The flies were out, however, and this time, they bit. I personally stayed off the beach and in the water as much as possible, and I will take this opportunity to say that I cannot understand West Australians who lie there in their bikinis or speedos looking totally unconcerned at the number of flies crawling around on their backs.

(To be fair, apparently this year is much worse than normal, because of a wet but warm spring. Don't let me put you off visiting Western Australia.)

3 sleeps until I fly to Malaysia! Yippee!


LEstes65 said...

That sounds amazingly gorgeous. Except for the huge spiders (they get big in Texas, too). And the flies. Not a big fan.

Wow. Malaysia. That is so cool. I want to be you when I grow up.

Stacy said...

I love that you took a picture of the spider. "Frightening. I must photograph this eerie moment."

Trish Ryan said...

Omigosh. It's always been a dream of mine to visit down under, but I'll have to go back into deep denial about the whole spider thing. Feel free to repost that picture and tell us you took it in Malaysia...

JenKneeBee said...

That spider is naaaaasty! Sounds like everything else was quite lovely though.