The final was only 2 weeks ago, but I’m already missing these girls a lot!🌿 .
Girls, thanks a lot for the nice time and all the lessons I learned from you the past 6 months! It really meant a lot to me and I hope to see you all soon again 💚
With a scientific name like Moloch horridus, you’d expect something resembling a fictional fairy tale beast, and not the striking evolutionary wonder you see here. There is simply nothing horrid about it!
I fondly refer to this remarkable creature as the ‘Cactus Rhino Lizard’
As much as I’d like to claim creative license over that one, I owe the name to a very close friend and a somewhat amazing and clever human being who is yet to see one in person.. though I aim to someday change that!
I’m hoping the nickname catches on, but in the mean time Thorny Devil will do.
They collect moisture in the dry desert by the condensation of dew on its body at night. This dew forms on its skin, and then it is channelled to its mouth in hygroscopic grooves between its spines.
During the wet season, capillary action allows the thorny devil to absorb water from all over its body.. even by simply standing in a puddle!
Photographed by me in Central Australia
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I know, I know... I’ve been posting a lot of stream shots. It’s not my fault they’re consistently so photogenic ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ // This area was amazing. I’m HUGE on views above treeline, and this trail was about 85% all in the trees. However, because of this, it was hard not to get raveled up in the intricacies of the forest. I always end up thinking about the story each boulder, buried halfway in the ground, or each stick somewhere far off trail might have to tell about it’s journey.