I love most animals but am not that keen on things that bite, sting or slither, with snakes being on the top of the list. I am a member of our fantastic local camera club CHiPA (Central Highlands Imaging and Photographic Association) which runs a photography workshop each month in Gordon. Last week the workshop was about photographing reptiles and I was more than a little apprehensive about getting close up and personal with snakes, spiders and lizards!
The workshop was run by the lovely, patient and very knowledgeable Tracey Sandstrom from Roaming Reptiles in Geelong. Tracey is an experienced teacher and has many years of experience with reptiles. Her vast knowledge and genuine love for her animals filled us with the confidence to photograph the session without anyone screaming or fainting in fear! We had pretty clear instructions on which animal to touch and which ones to avoid, with Charlotte the bird eating Tarantula being on the top of the scary list. Here she is in all her cranky glory!
Here are some of the other critters. If you would like your own session with these fascinating creatures, Tracey is available for school, birthday and other occasions. I was very impressed with myself for not only touching but picking up the snakes, my favourite was Darth (Vader) the black headed python.