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I own no land, instead I have wheelestate. I’ve been a full time RVer since 1997. Working summers as a Park Ranger takes me to many beautiful places and playing during the winter takes me to many more. This blog is simply the story of my life's adventures.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Late night visitor

01 Sunset view SE from Moonglow B&B Glen Cairn Cape Pennisula ZA pano (800x506)

Sunset view south across False Bay Cape Peninsula South Africa

I’ve been up nights labeling the over 5000 photos taken in South Africa.

02 Scorpion in glass Yarnell ZA (800x706)

Something scurried across the desk from the left towards the keyboard. Yikes, a 2 inch (5 cm) scorpion. I think a Bark Scorpion, Arizona’s most dangerous of 56 species.

03 Scorpion in glass of water Yarnell AZ (800x700)

I quickly grabbed a Kleenex in one hand and my almost empty water glass in the other and swooped it into the glass.

04 Scorpion in glass of water Yarnell AZ (672x800)

Don’t think it liked going for a swim while I took pictures.

05 Scorpion in glass of water Yarnell AZ (800x454)

Now Joan has certainly influenced me when it comes to bugs, which this is not (it’s an arthropod) but close enough for government work. Know what I mean?

19 comments:

Carolyn Ford said...

I am glad this guy visited you then and not while you were sleeping...ouch!

Jazz said...

Keeewllllllllll !!!

LG said...

So glad you enjoyed our beautiful country, pity was so short!!! I read your other entries on SA

Keep well, and watch out for such scorpions hey!!

LG

blog with no name said...

There is just no telling what may knock on the door next... maybe they heard about some man that gives sanctuary to lost creatures of creation...

eileeninmd said...

Gaelyn, gorgeous sunset photo. I can take spiders but scorpions, NO WAY!

Ms. Fiddlesticks said...

Loved all your pictures and comments. I am so happy you had such a wonderful adventure. Thanks for sharing.

Barb said...

Dear Gaelyn, This is the closest I care to get to one! Glad it didn't get in bed with you (or in a boot). Also, I enjoyed the wonderful bird photos in your previous post.

mountain.mama said...

How can you sort through 5,000 pictures with scorpions scurrying around?

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Gaelyn: Take care my friend with venomous critters. They pack a nasty wallop. And I thought my 1700 Europe photos was a lot.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

LOL!! Seems like Joan has been a BAD influence in your life my friend!! :)

WOW!! I am not sure I want them crawling around my home although I did find one in my bath at one time.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Mike: It seems the word has spread about you. :)

Elaine said...

Yikes is right!

Jo said...

Wow, you do have your camera handy even taking photos of a dangerous scorpion on your keyboard! And WOW, 5000 photos of your SA trip. Glad you could capture so many memories of our beautiful country. Isn't Cape Town just SOOOO beautiful? (Mike) the creatures have heard about you, for sure!

Bibi said...

Yikes. I found one very similar to this one, only a bit more yellow, in my SHOE in southern France. Fortunately, I knew enough to shake shoes before putting them on.

Craver Vii said...

I'm not an expert, but when my wife or daughters is screaming hysterically, and I run in to save the day... after the drama is over, if they ask what it "was," I look at whatever is smeared under my shoe, and it is always "a bug."

I like taking macros of little living things, but in my head, these are still generally classified as "bugs."

Anyway, about the scorpion, I'm glad you got it, rather than it getting you.

Quiet Paths said...

Well, I love the sunset photo but that scorpion gave me the willies. Thank goodness we do not have them here.

Ruth said...

Scary! I wouldn't have had the courage to sweep it up with a kleenex and I don't think I would take my boots off again.

dAwN said...

Oh my goodness...when u say dangerous like...how dangerous...could it make you very ill if it bit you?

Camels & Chocolate said...

Ugh! Our last night in Ngala, I spotted TWO scorpions (of the black variety) in our bathroom and maybe had a mild panic attack. I've been stung twice--while working in the desert in Arizona by a critter that looks like the one above--and it ain't a picnic.

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