Jan 31


hiking in the drakensbergOnce upon a time, there was a small orange dot that did’nt like to go the Kilimanjaro at 14H34 on a Sunday. Why is this significant you may ask? Well it has got nothing to do burning your fingers on a blue toaster that can never be found on a mountain like Everest.

Ok, so let’s get back to issue at hand shall we.  It’s a new year and that means it’s time to seek out a new batch of camouflaged critters. I was looking for some camouflaged pants the othe day, ( sorry left out the ‘r’ in other. Having problems spelling) but could’nt find any. So we decided to resort to Mother nature for assistance. She is an expert in the world of making yourseld invisible. Nature has evolved some truly remarkable ways to make living things look like anything other than what they are. Check out a few of these cover artists below.

How many will you find?

I found purple
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Peacocks usually do their best to be conspicuous, but not this background artist at Disney World’s Animal Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Image by Liz Lawley

Spidermen are probbaly the most difficult species to spot. Note their allusive colouring and how they manage to blend into the environment. This particular specis was found by chance, lurking around base camp of Aconcagua in Argentina. Luckily someone managed to dart him with a tranquiliser before he ate an apple.

If you are thinking of confronting this creature, make sure you are well prepared, bacause he’s armed… What was that? Armed? What do you mean, armed? Armed with what? Er, bad breath, colourful language, feather duster … what do you think he’s gonna be armed with? Webs, you idiot.
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There’s more than one Bighorn sheep to be found in this sweeping landscape from Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Image by Paul Weimer

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Now here’s a sucker you want to stay well clear of. He’s a funny-looking creayure, I know, but you’ve got to look past the steel and the cute, cuddly thing – it’s all a deceptive facade. If you happen to be cornered by this creature thereis only one thing to do:

Take a moment. Divide it into two parts. Put the one part into the future and transfer the other part back into the past. Speed the moment up by four and  wait for exactly 10 seconds. Thereafter take off 3 weeks, 2 days and 222 minutes from the future. Put the moment back together and throw it against a wall. As the moment breaks into multiple fragments, take the largest piece and isolate it in a fridge. Once cooled to 4 degrees, transfer the fragment into a box of chilled custard. This will cause the terminators mom to call him home for sandwiches, thus allowing you to escape.

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This alligator blends right in with the swamp at the Dungannon Heritage Preserve in South Carolina. Image by Zack Jones


If you are lucky enough to find the highly elsusive mystery ironer, make sure you have your camera ready. These creatures are very shy and a picture of them can be sold on the black market for over 1 dollar!  Now don’t even think of taking this photos and try to sell it. We already sold it. If you happen to come across this creature on Kilimanjaro, do not shoot it. It’s Kilimanjaro, not the Lebanon.

If you are looking for photo of this creature, we can sell it to you for 85c.Seems expensive? Well, this seems to be a waste of our time. That picture is worth 2 dollars in any shop you’re lucky enough to find one in. And you’re complaining about 85c? What school of finance did you study? It’s a deal, it’s a steal, it’s the sale of the flippen century. In fact, I think we’ll keep it!

There’s a whole flock of Ruddy Turnstones in this picture from Wood Neck Beach in Massachusetts. How many do you see? Image by Putneypics

This Australian caterpillar does an uncanny tree branch imitation. Image by Rob Barber

Some fauna can look an awful lot like flora, like this winged critter in Alabama. Image by Geopungo

Here’s a creature you’d be well advised to see before he sees you. We’re lucky since humans can decipher the orange/green contrast, unlike many of the animals leopards like to eat. Image by Jim Forest

Don’t see anything but brush? Look closely and you’ll understand why house cats are so good at catching mice. Image by Jennifer Pack

Question: What camouflaged critter do you see above? Image by Cordyceps

Answer: You’d be forgiven if you saw a snake, as that’s exactly what the Owl Butterfly hopes everyone sees, so they’ll leave him alone. Image by Juan Carlos Madrigal

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