An Unexpected Find

On the road to Lake St Claire, Tasmania we found this little guy.

We were barreling down the highway when my friend Scott yelled “stop the car!” We did, and walked back along the side of the road where I got to meet my very first (and only) wild echidna! To this day, I honestly have no idea how Scott managed to spot him from the car.

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What a cutie!

For those of you who don’t know, echidnas are members of the very exclusive monotreme club: an eccentric subclass of mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth to their babies. The only other member still around today is the duck billed platypus and both of these cool little weirdos can be found in Tasmania. Ever since I was little I’ve loved these two creatures (I likely learned about them on Bill Nye) and while I had hoped to meet them both during my adventure around the island I’ll settle for this one close encounter.

Today’s drive down memory lane was inspired by this week’s Photo Challenge by The Daily Post: The Road Taken

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My Shadow Self

I’ve always liked to play around with shadows in my photography and over the years I’ve photographed myself personified by shadow on more than one occasion. This shot is unique because it captures my first flirtation with the shadow selfie concept, way back in 2010, before the prominence of smart phones had made selfies an every day thing. I was thrilled by the contrast my body cast amidst the bright orange sand of the red centre of Australia’s outback as the sun set behind me.

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Inspiration for this post courtesy of this week’s Photo Challenge: Shadow