Back to the drizzly stuff:
On our way down the hill, there were some cars stopped…lions? HA! No…a small puff adder…sigh. Someone in another car got out in bare feet to get photos…can’t believe anyone would do that intentionally…I am not familiar with this snake, other than to know that it is a slow moving but deadly variety.
Still why would you walk in bare feet to see this poisonous snake…and for that matter why would you drive with bare feet? The snake was not too impressed with its participation in the photo session, and raised its head somewhat and continued to approach the photographer, then meander into the embankment.
Interesting that unlike the pattern of snake movement we were familiar with, when they wind in an s pattern…it moved its scales in an undulating pattern and therefore went straight like a giant deadly millipede. See…they were warnings of what was to come!!
Further down the road, we found the Eland…once I had counted 40, TMLL reminded me that this was cutting into the wine fund…so my vision got a little blurry and I couldn’t assuredly confirm that those creatures up the hill were in fact genuine Eland….ok…so there were at least 10 more as we drove out. A donation will be sent to San Parks today for 500R.
There were also more wildebeest, more bontebok, and springbok. We also found zebra, and they looked remarkably brown along their backs- or was this just the rain's effect. Does this mean they were older?
We left the Postberg area…having seen some different things this time. Just as we were rounding a corner, there was another larger puff adder on the side. It did not appear injured, but unlike the last one, was not moving much. No one was there except us to takes its photo…perhaps it was waiting for more of an audience. It was just on the sand embankment by the road. Didn’t seem to mind us taking some photos…they are nicely patterned.
If only they wore bells, or some flashing light to let you know they were there, so you could avoid them.
Speaking of flashing lights...we were flashed shortly after this...not sure if this was in recognition of our yellow ribbon, or the fact that there was a snake on the road...or just that we were driving erratically.
Here comes the approaching wall of water...always on the way to Abrahamskraal!