Monday, February 14, 2005

Off road in Eastern Venezuela

I took this picture a year ago, somewhere in Eastern Venezuela. The day was Carnival (Mardi Gras) and I decided to work rather than play. Luis Contreras, who owns the Chevy 4 wheel drive in the picture, agreed to accompany me. Well, we really did find ourselves off road, looking for old oil wells. So I got out to take this photo. Then I remembered what someone had said earlier about Venezuelan wildlife and snakes in particular:

"There are fifty species of snake in Venezuela. Forty eight are deadly poisonous. The other two can squeeze you to death!"

I have this rather stupid theory when in snake country: stomp around and the vibrations will scare them all away. Seemed to work in this case!