treesaremygods asked: I don't think I would ever be able to enjoy a hike, let alone a camp night, in Australia. As a northern dweller, I am used to being in the nature and not being afraid of all the insects and arachnids. How do you deal with that overwhelming reality? Is it just a matter of habit?Alexander
I think fear of invertebrates, especially spiders, is something that has been manufactured in us. Even the really venomous species, with a few exceptions, have to be seriously provoked before they are a danger.
This isn’t to belittle or discount anyone’s fear of anything, but I believe if we are raised to share an environment with invertebrates, rather than feel encroached or invaded by them, then we would have nothing to fear.
Part of what I hope to achieve with my photography is exposing the great and wondrous beauty of invertebrates to people so they won’t fear them and just squish or kill them with chemicals, but love them as I do and cherish them as co-inhabitants of our world.