Your photo challenge this week is to capture something unexpected. You can also interpret the theme in other ways: a street scene or landscape that just doesn’t look quite right, an impromptu portrait of a loved one, or any other image that reveals a sense of surprise.
So, we were meandering towards a look out at a National Park, when a person in our group shouted, ‘STOP!’ and we froze. Not knowing why, we waited for some enlightenment. ‘Look down’ and we did, to find this small eastern brown snake, just inches from our feet!
Now brown snakes are notorious for its speed and aggression throughout its habitats. They are diurnal (meaning it is active during the day) and when highly agitated, they hold their necks high, appearing in an upright S-shape. The snake usually seeks to flee when confronted, though it can be highly aggressive if provoked and there has been instances where snakes have pursued humans over distances of up to 100 meters. They are considered to be the second most venomous terrestrial snake and without quick medical treatment their bite can be fatal.
We were grateful that it was a baby and we were warned just in time but its appearance was very UNEXPECTED!