If not for my mate pointing it out, I would never have noticed this sign on the dunes near the Largs Bay Jetty, South Australia.
It’s pretty small, and doesn’t have any of the visual cues that indicate warning. If I noticed it at all, it would have been to subconsciously dismiss it as a kind of yin/yang sign, and therefore pretty much irrelevant to me.
BUT … look at the detail, and you’ll see that’s not the case at all!
To state I have an antipathy towards snakes is like saying Winston Smith (of ‘1984’ fame) didn’t like rats very much! The prospect of snakes in the dunes therefore bothers me A LOT!!! They tell me the Brown snake has apparently taken over from the Death adder of yesteryear – but I’m not sure whether that’s something to be sad or glad about …
So am I alone in wondering why anyone would set up a SNAKE WARNING SIGN that was a) small, b) barely noticeable and c) obscure in both image and intent??
The great irony is that in order to get this photo, I had to get pretty close. And to get pretty close, I had to – yes, you guessed it – climb up onto the dune! Where the snakes were!! And I couldn’t say I hadn’t been warned, either.
It didn’t occur to me until afterwards that this might not have been the best plan – but luckily the cold air kept the snakes away. This time, anyway!!
Such are the sacrifices of blogging …