Trinafore, Deer and Adders

Being bought up in Australia, you are taught three basic survival skills from a very young age: always look down before you step (for snakes); always look up (for drop bears) and; don’t put your hands where you can’t see (for spiders, octopii and everything else noxious and venemous). Carrying a large stick helps. When you go overseas, you tend keep this up because it is so ingrained that you don’t notice that you’re doing it, but then end up laughing at yourself. Like the time we planned the trip from Aylesford to York with timed breaks so we wouldn’t be driving at twilight when the kangaroos most often leap out in front of cars…

We were on the B874 between Trinafore and Dalwhinnie with a vague intention of finding a photogenic stone bridge somewhere in the highlands when in the finest Australian tradition, I stopped the car, opened the door and about three meters from the car, nearly stepped on my first  snake. It was an adder, and to be fair, a deer had stepped on its head first so it wasn’t in any shape to do me any damage. I don’t think it was an accidental step by the deer, the aim was too good.

Here’s the bridge, it’s on the B874 about a mile and a half short of the A9 intersection. There’s another one closer to Dalwhinnie but there was another photographer there so we kept going rather than spoil his shots.

Highland Bridge

Highland Bridge

Highland Bridge

Highland Bridge

Highland Bridge

Highland Bridge

Highland Bridge

Highland Bridge

Hoof prints

Highland Bridge

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