Monday, 14 January 2013

Dispatches from the Tropics: 14 January 2013


Never let it be said that I am uncoordinated. I have managed to sprain my left wrist, hurt my right knee and tread on something so sharp that it went through the sole of my shoe into my foot all in the same morning. I feel that level of organisation is something in which I can take pride. Also, ouch.

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There's a coppery brushtail possum in the macadamia tree. During the day, he sleeps in the fork where several branches spread out from the trunk. Unlike the green ringtail, which lives at the bottom of the garden near the creek, the brushtail is not a tidy sleeper. The ringtail curls up like a furry football and stays in that position for hours; the brushtail fidgets and scratches and turns around. In the hot weather, he sprawls, his little pink feet sticking out to catch what faint breeze there is. Every time I think it would be fun to tickle those little pink feet, I look at the large white claws and reconsider. After all, I am quite attached to my hands and would like them to remain attached to me.



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12 comments:

Sherrie York said...

You might be attached to your hands, but you do seem to harbor a wee bit of hostility towards other aspects of your appendages. Might I suggest reconciliation?

Bernie H said...

You are a multi-talented lady. I can't believe the damage you managed to do to yourself in one morning.

I adore your Possum shot. They are the cutest things aren't they? But I'm with you, those claws hold untold potential to inflict pain.

Snail said...

Sherrie, I am so uncoordinated that I am surprised I haven't done more damage! My shins and elbows are demanding that I wear padding. (Other parts have quite enough padding!)

Bernie, it's all fun and games until those claws make contact!

John Bates said...

good to see your still in nq, haven't checked since before you moved.photos are as perfect as ever...keeps inspiring me to do likewise. here, the wallaby family is back (cooler in the gully?) & i seem to have adopted more goannas (same reason?). what a wonderful part of the world we live in! john

Alan Pavey said...

Lovely shot :-)

. said...

I agree, their claws look impressive, but our Bobuck / Mountain Brushtail possums have always been very gentle in their interactions with us. Perhaps the incentive is the food we might be holding lol.

Have you seen Possum TV's wonderful video clips of Brushtails trying to sleep on hot days?! :

http://www.youtube.com/user/PossumTVclips

Best wishes for 2013,
Jeni
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Northern-Rivers-Dreaming/321272667962109

neomyrtus said...

It resembles a little furry, arboreal Gollum with those big eyes and clawed pink feet. Has it whispered "my preciiioooooousss" yet?

Snail said...

Thanks, John. I hope you're getting some of this lovely rain. (But not too much in one go!)

Snail said...

Thanks, Alan. He's buried deep among the leaves and branches so it's difficult getting a good shot. At night this one particularly likes climbing to the top of the power pole and hissing at the world!

Snail said...

Oh, gosh, Jeni, I hadn't seen that channel. Thank you. That poor poss on the hot day shows exactly how this one must feel. :)

Snail said...

Neo, I haven't quite been able to make out what it has been hissing at night when it's on the roof or power pole, but I would not be at all surprised...

laura.forestdreams:) said...

OUCH. that was NOT your day, for sure!!

great possum shot...but i agree...better to just zoom in with camera and not get too close...especially when he's trying to get some shut-eye!!