life chasing mythical creatures: mermaids, unicorns, leprechauns, “the one”,
and now a new sort of quest has evoked me – the dragon hunt.
abrupt end when I was caught jumping off a two story wall (age 8), I still
can’t fly. This makes getting around a whole lot harder than it ought to be. But
life at sea is a close second.
into the dragony waters. And in an attempt to psych myself up for the chase, whilst
on a 4am night watch, my ipod fell to the depths of the ocean half way through
‘The final countdown”. I really hope the mermen below have good taste in music.
|Our beautiful anchorage in Rindja island|
mysterious as we’d hoped; a desolate island mass teeming with deer, wild horses
and macaque. We took on a friendly guide A) because we had to and B) Because a
man with a big stick to fight off dragons is better than no man with a big
stick to fight off dragons.
in the shade. Almost lifeless – like statutes. The magical dragons were as big
as I’d imagined – their piercing stares shot shudders down my spine.
stood up only to defecate, and then they’d lie back down after a few lashes of
their long forked tongues. Komodo dragons do not shoot fire. This was a
the young in trees] guarding their nests and digesting their bellies. They eat
but once a month, but when they do eat [monkeys/ buffalo/ horses/ humans] they
eat everything – fur and bones included. It probably explains their hairy poo.
|Licking hairy dragon poo – apparently it will take up to a month to see if this action has done any permanent damage to my being|
creatures on earth (after the people in the world’s tax and traffic offices), but they run at 18 km/ hour and often just
administer a single bite to their prey. They then follow the victim for up to
two weeks until death by infection consumes. What a horrible way to go.
marveling at the violent landscape and marvelous wildlife. For two days we kept
our heartbeats up – hoping not to fall victim (or lunch). For two days I tried
to find the courage to lick a dragon. And then finally…
|[Photoshop is a powerful tool!]|