Wild, go wild

Been out and about a lot the last few weeks trying to get the book finished – hence no blog activity. But yesterday I was at Herdsman Lake Regional Park and saw this and I thought it was blog worthy:

 

Herdsman Lake Loop Walk by Paul Amyes on 500px.com
Tiger snakes are very common in Herdsman Lake Regional Park.

 

 

Immediately I started singing:

“Wild, go wild, go wild in the country
Where snakes in the grass are absolutely free
Wild, go wild, go wild in the country
Where snakes in the grass are absolutely free”

Songwriters: Malcolm Robert Andrew Mclaren / Matthew James Ashman / Dave Barbarossa / Leigh Roy Gorman
Go Wild in the Country lyrics © Peermusic Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

 

Tragic isn’t it. It doesn’t take much to set off the memories of a trashy pop song from 1982. But perhaps it had more to do with the fact that the 14-year-old Annabella Lu Win was seared upon my teenaged hormonally enraged mind. Not hard to see why when the album art by Andy Earl featured a nude Annabella and had Scotland Yard investigate for sexual exploitation of a minor.

In my teenage ignorance I didn’t realise that this was a post modern interpretation of  Édouard Manet’s Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe .  All I thought was “Phwoarrrrrrrrrrrr”. My girlfriend of the time was not impressed to say the least. Anyway my mind was re-focused a few minutes later when I saw this:

 

Herdsman Lake Loop Walk by Paul Amyes on 500px.com
Tiger snake, Notechis scutatus. Herdsman Lake Regional Park, Western Australia.

 

“**cking hell!” Can those buggers shift while they swim. More alarming was that it made shore about a metre from my feet in the long grass. I tell you this 55-year-old geezer would have at that moment given Usain Bolt a bloody good run for his money.

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