Before it was even finished - yes, I know a proper Shed is never really finished, so let me rephrase: Before the siding and roof were even in place, Australian creatures started to invade the Shed. They crawled, slithered, hopped, flew, buzzed, sprang, glided, perambulated, skulked, and abseiled into it. They must have thought, "Finally! 'Bout time someone put up a shed in our corner of the outback. We've been waiting millions of years just to get indoors."
I'll show you more spider pictures in a future post. The biggest spider I've caught to date was this one:
|Huntsman spider. Terrifying|
and totally harmless
Well, I got over it, somewhat. The human brain has much greater plasticity than people used to think. You can change anything about yourself that is not helping you be happy or successful. And I'm not selling a self-help program. It's actually true.
Earlier in my life, if I even saw a spider from a distance I'd have nightmares about it for days afterwards. I had a genuine, full-blown case of Arachnophobia. A clinical and irrational fear of spiders. And of all places to end up! But with a really good camera and not much else to look at around here, my unconscious beliefs about spiders altered in a subtle but important way. I still do not want them on me. Yes, if a spider happens to make direct contact with me in any way, I still do the "creepy-spider-creep-out dance" - you know the one: wiggle and shake everything available and jump around while repeatedly slapping and brushing your body all over for 5 minutes. But now, rather than merely horrible and terrifying, spiders to me are interesting as well. These days if I see a tremendous hairy eight-legged monstrosity ambling across the floor of my shed, I exclaim, "Holy Mondeo! Jeepers Chrysler! . . . . . I wonder if I can get a close-up of its fangs." I could.
|A Swag. Notice how often |
a stick comes in mighty useful.
Over the years all sorts of creatures have attempted to enter the Shed. Some have succeeded:
Some haven't quite succeeded yet, but were close:
Outback Australia is a most astonishing place to be. And I haven't even shown you any of the birds or flowers yet! Stay tuned.