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Re: Danger in the Wild

Subject: Re: Danger in the Wild
From: "Rob Danielson" danielson_audio
Date: Wed Jan 9, 2008 4:29 pm ((PST))
Hi Bernie--
I'll take that as proven by dear experience. Key concerns vary from
place to place. Lack of awareness surprises and injures-- wild
animals in lush climates possibly included.  _Not_ getting injured
while lunching with gorillas and grizzlies is the surprise.  South of
Oklahoma, I'll take a guide.  Meanwhile, at least I don't have to
worry about dodging a fer de lance on der black ice,.. hey? Rob D.

  =3D =3D =3D =3D

At 8:56 AM -0800 1/9/08, Bernie Krause wrote:
>Don't trust those instincts in Costa Rican or Panamanian rainforests
>at night, Rob, where the beautiful fer de lance can be found lurking
>under a pile of leaves or on the far side of a log you happen to be
>stepping over in the dark. The fer de lance is a three minute snake.
>Just hope that there's a two minute one around if you happen to run
>into the first.
>Beyond that, it ain't the large critters that'll get ya. It's
>typically the ones you can't see, ones that cause your nose to fall
>off like leishmaniasis. I've been thrown by mountain gorillas,
>attacked by a polar bear, eyed by killer whales (Antarctic), and
>tracked at night by a stealthy jaguar (that can be heard on our
>title, Amazon Days/Amazon Nights title. Nothing I know comes closer
>to the dangers lurking in the microscopic range.
>On Jan 9, 2008, at 8:07 AM, Rob Danielson wrote:
>>  Could be that more recordists get seriously hurt tripping over stumps
>>  than by all wild animals combined? Perhaps critical to recall this
>>  time of year in the Northern hemisphere when any surface can quickly
>>  become treacherously slick.
>>  For urban living, many public heath experts profess that safety
>>  involves awareness of a few, key signs of possible danger and
>>  learning to play down fear. The reactions to danger by sound
>>  recordists in this string support this wisdom.
>>  Being safe can lead to new perceptions. For example, I used to tramp
>>  and stumble through the woods at night with a flashlight until one
>>  night Rich Peet headed out with me sans lighting gear. He suggested
>>  trying it "au natural" learning to use my night vision and auditory
>>  navigation. He was right. I feel I'm safer with my new skills. When
>>  my son became scared in the woods one black night, Rich put it this
>>  way, "The only two things you need to worry about in the woods are
>>  bad footing and humans in bad moods." Rob D.
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