Hello there, all my furry friends from across the world!
Last night our humans went on an adventure.
Unfortunately us dogs were NOT invited, but it's not too bad because I get to blog about their adventure...
Well, Mom had organised to attend one of Jonathan Leeming's NIGHTTIME walks at the "Kloof-en-dal" nature reserve. This is a pretty awesome reserve, set in the heart of our big and highly populated city. Jonathan is a renowned expert in scorpions & spiders and a published writer in his field. Every so often, he organises night-time walks for interested participants. It is so wonderful to be in a natural setting like that despite the fact that it is in the middle of our city.
As you know, Mom is a VERY interested participant in all things wild and natural, so she packed a picnic bag for the family and they abandoned us dogs....sigh!
But I would very much like to tell you about Mom and them's evening....
It was full-moon too, and although Mom doesn't have the best of cameras, I am sure you will get the idea of the magnificent setting!
After an interesting lecture, everybody got their torches out and set out on the walk. Throughout the time, Jonathan was giving us valuable and interesting infomation about the fascinating nocturnal creatures in the nature reserve. The walk went up quite a steep little hill and led the group towards a magnificent view of the surrounding city...
Mom says that it was truly wonderful to sniff the clean air, feel the chilly breeze and hear all the crickets. The terrain wasn't too difficult either, but it was quite dark, so they all had to watch their steps.
The first creature they saw was a red toad. Mom wishes she can remember the proper name for this toad, but it was pretty awesome! Apparently there are also walks arranged which focus solely on frogs, but last night the theme was
In order to find the scorpions, a flourescent light is used. This shows up their external skeleton magnificently! Jonathan explained to us that there are about 180 varieties of scorpions and only about 3 are truly dangerous.
Scorpions with large pinchers and small/thin tails generally have the least dangerous venom. Indeed many of them actually prefer not to sting!!!
The dangerous ones (like the one shown below) are very toxic and will deliver a very painful and dangerous sting when threatened.
Mom was very lucky to be able to photograph the above scorpion from very, very close.
It really is a great privilege to be able to get up close and personal with these creatures. They are widely misunderstood. A lot of information (in movies/media/etc) is false and sets out to give these fascinating creatures an unfairly bad name.
If you want to learn more about SCORPIONS, please visit Jonathan's website at:
Here are some more pictures of the event...
(There were plenty budding scientists in the group too.)
Well, Mom says that the evening was truly wonderful!!!
To be able to participate in an excursion like that, with your family, is a real treasure!
As for me...
I am going to sleep away this Sunday.
Later on I will pester Mom for my own walk.
I hope you enjoyed my SCORPION post! Look out for Jonathan's book (if you are interested) and if you are ever in SOUTH AFRICA, perhaps consider participating in one of the nighttime walks.
Lots of licks
MAXDOG IN SOUTH AFRICA