Danger!: Weekly Photo Challenge


© irene waters 2016

Where there is danger and you are in the zone of risk signage is often used as an indication that danger lurks.


© irene waters 2015

Snakes are considered dangerous in Australia yet out of the 3,000 snake bites that occur in Australia only 200 – 500 require antivenom and even less die – on average 1 – 2 people per year.


© irene waters 2016

0009 Irene with snake

© irene waters 2014


© irene waters 2017

In Australia, since 1971 there have been 99 crocodile attacks with 27% proving fatal. This is despite us having the largest population of salt water crocodiles in the world. These Crocs account for over half of all attacks on humans world wide with the Nile Crocodile coming a close second. Perhaps the signage works or perhaps the areas where we have our crocs are isolated with a small population.


© irene waters 2017

However it is those items around the house that prove most dangerous.


© irene waters 2017

In one state alone, 3 Victorians are killed on average climbing, then falling off ladders. In Victoria between 2007 – 2011, 584 people were admitted to hospital after ladder falls with 194 sustaining major trauma, 58 requiring intensive care and mechanical ventilation and 15 deaths. And this is in one state alone. If we examined the other states we would find that ladders are far more dangerous than either snakes or crocodiles but we take less care, especially if we are over 55 years old.


© irene waters 2017

My husband did not heed the danger and was possibly one of the lucky ones. Only a black eye, massive body bruising and I think possibly a broken toe or foot. Will he go to the doctor though?

In response to the Weekly Photo Challenge

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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16 Responses to Danger!: Weekly Photo Challenge

  1. Charli Mills says:

    I’m not sure signs will ever overcome human belief that danger is for others.

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  2. Good point…it’s the more common things that are dangerous on a daily basis. I suppose the signs are there so there are no ‘surprises’ in unfamiliar territory. But wow what a fall and that toe looks painful! Yikes! I hope your husband is recovering well.

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  3. Miriam says:

    What a great post. It’s a wonder anyone comes to Australia with the amount of “dangerous creatures” they read about here. I know I’ve had my fair share of snakes this week …(Love the pose in the crocodile mouth) 😏

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  4. Let me guess, no he will not!

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  6. And you know I fell off a three-inch curb 8 months ago, dislocated my elbow, tore two ligaments, a nerve, and destroyed every bone in the area. After a 4 hour surgery ( I slept through that, thankfully) I had a long recovery, hours of physical therapy, and am now nearly fully functional again. With a stainless steel plate and 6 pins in my arm and a titanium plug. Very cautious of curbs. As my son says, I should not fall.

    Tell Roger to please get himself to a physician – that foot might get infected and cause all kinds of problems.


  7. BTW – you and the snakes – don’t you like silver jewelry?

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  8. I love the snake photo! And you standing in front of the “BEWARE OF…” signs… Perfect. 😀

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