Scorpions, like spiders, seem to be one of those creatures that many people have a phobia of. While it is true that many species can deliver a painful sting very few can do a human significant harm.
Also, like spiders, when you get up close to them and have a good look they really are beautiful and incredible creatures.
On a recent trip into the southwestern Australian Karri forests, I came across a few scorpions ranging from almost 30mm long down to just 7mm. The one I have shot and presented here was about 25mm and is a Cercophonius granulosus, a type of wood scorpion. I found them all actively hunting at night amongst the leaf litter and moss with the littlest one being particularly active in looking for prey.
You can see from this first image that it is fairly camouflaged against the browns, blacks and greys of the sandy forest floor. The mottled colours really help to break up the shape. Once it moved onto the top of the leaf litter is was a bit easier to see against the flatter background.