Mindbending Camouflage

Photo by: Al Forbes

Tony Hillsdale was an expert naturalist. He often led tours through the internationally known Markham Forest.

“This forest is a biologist’s dream,” explained Tony. “For reasons not yet understood, the animals here are evolving far faster than anywhere else. This is mostly expressed in new forms of camouflage.” He pointed to the leaf litter nearby. “For instance, over there is a Hopkin’s Viper.”

“I don’t see anything,” said Gordon.

“Where is it?” squinted Heather.

“It must be tiny,” said Pam. “Is it bigger than a leaf?”

Tony reached out with his walking stick and poked at the leaves three feet away. A thick snake, nearly four-feet long suddenly slithered away.

Heather squealed. Everyone else nearly jumped out of their skin.

“That’s incredible!” exclaimed Gordon, popping an aspirin.

“There’s even better examples,” grinned Tony. “Somewhere in these woods is a giant beetle. It looks nearly identical to a small camouflage-patterned backpack.” He pointed, “Kinda like yours, Heather.”

Heather suddenly froze. “I don’t have a backpack!”
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Written for Sunday Photo Fiction: https://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2017/09/24/sunday-photo-fiction-september-24th-2017/

Author’s Notes:

For those wondering about the aspirin part: Aspirin is a cheap and effective preventative for heart attacks.
https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/aspirin-prevent-first-heart-attack-or-stroke

Nature already has some astounding camouflaged animals. Below is a picture of a Gaboon Viper. It fills the image, but it’s still hard to see.

Below is a Frogmouth bird. Looks like wood, right? I looked straight at one from a short distance one time, and I still couldn’t see it.

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About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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27 Responses to Mindbending Camouflage

  1. James says:

    Aren’t vipers poisonous?

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  2. JS Brand says:

    Great story with an ending that took me by surprise.

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  3. prior.. says:

    love the camo and science take on this – πŸ™‚

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  4. Iain Kelly says:

    *Shudder* that ending gave me the heebie jeebies!

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  5. michael1148humphris says:

    Loved the back pack angle

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  6. Lyn says:

    β€œSnakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?” Beetles I can cope with…even some spiders. I think I’ll give that fun walk a miss, Eric, thanks all the same. Yep, the Tawny Frogmouth can be hard to see. They’re a beautiful bird. When I was a kid, there was one sitting on the gate post at the front of our property. I was swinging on the gate and didn’t even see it until my mum told me to look to my left. I did and was staring straight into its eyes. LOL always keep the aspirin handy when in scary situations πŸ˜€

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    • EagleAye says:

      Haha! It doesn’t surprise me. The Frogmouth sits so still it looks like a piece of wood. I’ve never seen anything else like it. So let’s see, snakes bad, beetles okay. Got it. I’ll keep that in mind. πŸ˜‰ Thanks so much, Lyn! πŸ™‚

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  7. Sheena says:

    This is a fabulous take and so true.
    I have a picture of deer in fall leaves and you can barely spot them. https://leakinginkblog.files.wordpress.com/2016/10/img-20140308-wa0001.jpg?w=768

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  8. ceayr says:

    Terrific stuff, Eric, nature’s camouflage is a source of wonder and joy.

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  9. What a mind blowing writing is this. Eric, you blew me away with your ‘camouflaged’ story. Nature in top gear as validated by the pictures.

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  10. athling2001 says:

    You made me shiver and hunch my shoulders as if I was wearing a backpack! Well done.

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  11. Haha great ending Eric. I wasn’t expecting that.

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  12. ComputerBook says:

    I believe I’ll leave that sport pass a omit, Eric, thanks all the same. I like keeping you on your toes, Al. πŸ˜‰ Thanks much!

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  13. EagleAye says:

    Hehe. Thanks very much for stopping in. πŸ™‚

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