Chaos Lizard Whisperer

So, its last week of the holidays and we are traveling through the Blue Mountains, yep, that world heritage area which is quite frankly just awesome – and I thought we should check out that little glen called, "Mermaids Cave", well you did not have to ask Chaos twice, its a tough challenge between mermaids and fairies but any combination is a winner with her πŸ™‚ .

Mermaid Cave is a small alcove / waterfall located only 15 minutes from Blackheath as you enter into the Megalong valley.. and yep… its called the Megalong Valley.. cause.. its mega -long right πŸ˜‰ anyway this little 20 minute bushwalk will lead you into the glen where there is a small waterfall and pond, I am not sure how the name came about but given its serenity and protected nature of the landscape I can see how it could be a haunt for the Mermaids (which i now get asked daily whether they exist.)

So.. Chaos and I had a little packed snack box with the plan to walk in and have lunch with a bit of an explore, its really not that far of a walk, but I am sure to a 5 year old it feels like a half day trek, hence the need for food supplies… and.. 'dad, we need to make sure we have enough water' man.. she is more safety conscious than me πŸ™‚ We walk in and setup our little picnic at the base of the falls near the pond and I am tryign to get a nice shot of her with the falls when she says 'dad… dont move..its a lizard!!' so i don't move πŸ™‚ but the next thing surprised me, this lizard, just a skink of some kind wandered around alittle then made a straight line for Chaos, who was sitting up on the rocks, it then proceeded to scoot past her foot and with only a fraction of a second hesitation climbed up onto her leg. It sat there as if expecting a free feed of biscuit or dried apricot (note the woolies brand, which are not Australian sourced btw πŸ™ shame on you +Woolworths ). All the while Chaos is frozen solid, this is the girl, like most 5 year olds, could not sit still for 2 seconds πŸ™‚ , after a minute or so and after what seemed a disappointed turn of the skinks head, it turned around and disappeared off – well as one would expect, this was the talking point all the way back to the car!

Hence, Chaos, you are the official Lizard whisperer πŸ™‚

D750 coupled with 24-70mm f4 @ 24mm Aperture: f/2.8 and Shutter Speed: 1/125s
ISO 640
out front – Hoya CPL, the Lizard Whisperer and a lizard.

18 thoughts on “Chaos Lizard Whisperer

  1. Amazing capture… so sweet! And I loved reading the story. My compliments for wonderful "carpe diem"… almost impossible! +Gerard Blacklock The lizards are usually suspicious, I have tried several times to take photos but slink away like a rocket! This approach is incredible… probably is because animals have great intuition, the lizard has realized that Chaos that would not hurt… matter of trust. πŸ™‚

  2. cheers +Kitten KaboodleInc , her facial expression is great, i think she really did not know what to expect πŸ™‚
    as for those mermaids… I am battling those older kids who love to tell the little ones that santa, easter bunny etc are not real, hence I am careful about saying I believe πŸ˜‰

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