Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Notes from the Amanda shoot, Part 2

It was fairly warm and muggy during the shoot, though thankfully, nothing close to the 32C it had been the previous week. Greg suggested that we all have a swim at the dam. I had taken a walk there the day before and noticed turtles swimming around in the dark green water. Greg cheerfully reported that there was a python in residence there, often seen sunning itself on the rocks next the water. I took a pass on the swim.

The following day as we were right in the middle of shooting, Greg's young daughter Edie and her little mate came tearing into the guest house, very alarmed.

"We need Chris! Mummy said to get Chris because there's a HUGE spider!" Chris was Chris Maait, the assistant photographer and amateur wildlife wrangler. Just like Steve Irwin, only without the hysteria or the microshorts.

We stopped shooting and everyone rushed over to the house to see what all the fuss was about. Chris instantly identified the spider in question as a Huntsman spider, and calmly collected it in a bit of plastic. The spider was a mighty beast, as big as a man's hand. We released it the woods, and it seemed to be very annoyed because as we walked away it actually ran after us!


At 10:54 AM, Blogger denis said...

That's not a hunstman.

At 4:56 PM, Blogger Liz said...

Than what is it?


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