|He's lost his hookah, but it's okay.|
|Big spider, not tarantula big...but big enough|
|Katydid (or did she??)|
|Tribulation Bay - the meeting of the rain forest and reef|
The Daintree is home to the elusive cassowary (trust me...I did everything I could to try and spot one - perhaps they were offended by my calling them by the name"Kevin" and offering them chocolate...a reference to the movie "Up", if you were living under a rock in 2009), It's also home to the platypus and fearsome salt water crocodile. The beaches are lined with signs warning you not to get too close to the surf, as a croc might make a surprise meal of you. The flora is diverse and stunning and well worth the extra effort to go see it. I'd recommend planning to stay, at least, overnight so that you can take in everything the area has to offer.
|Can't see a croc? That's the point.|
While we didn't get to see the cassowary, we did go on a river cruise that offered the opportunity to see both a large crocodile and one of her babies. The downside was that the croc was so well camouflaged that we couldn't get a good picture of her and the other croc known to the area was scared off by a small fishing boat, just as we were ready to snap photos, but such are the vagaries of travel. The baby had climbed onto a fresh stump at high tide and he found himself in a pickle as the water lowered.
|Find the baby croc...hint he's on the stump.|
The final set of photos are a bit of a mix, but mostly from the Atherton Tablelands, north of Cairns, but a couple from Mossman Gorge near the Daintree river. Next time...really, really...Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Not to be missed!
|The Atherton Tablelands|
|A bear in his natural environment|
|Nope, not a cassowary, but a brush turkey|
|"The Boulders" - that's what the area is called|
|Tree at Mossman Gorge - aptly named|