Daytime Raccoon EncounterJan. 2, 2011


Today was one of those rare encounters for Sue and me: a daylight sighting of a raccoon.
The raccoon appears

The raccoon materialized from the underbrush and then stared at us before continuing on its way.
The raccoon checks out Sue and me

Any interesting scents? And are those marks above its shoulder and body scars or grooming marks?
Raccoon sniffing

And the raccoon disappeared back into the underbrush.
The raccoon disappears

Notice that the raccoon's ears were always pointing toward us, even as it was disappearing.

The encounter was a good way to start the new year.

Photo note: I used a Pentax K20D, with the SMC 1000mm reflex lens. Distance, then, wasn't a problem, but I wouldn't have minded if my focusing were more exact. What can I say? It was exciting.

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