Monday, May 15, 2006

Racoons

Frequently in the early darkness there will be rustling and scrabbling sounds around the deck or near the potting table. I grab a flashlight to see if it is just the wind or if we have visitors. Sometimes it is the wind rattling the branches of the trees against the stairs or along the side of the house. But, there are times when we have small visitors. It seems that they turn over everything that is not tied or nailed down. They will check out the pots that are waiting for new plants, upend freshly planted pots, dredge through the water lily pond, even open the bag of potting soil if they can find a loose edge. This time I left some empty recycling bins on the deck, they dumped all three of them, hoping that if they simply searched far enough, they would find that we had somehow forgotten to remove a titbit (not that there was any nourishment in empty, rinsed out, plastic, glass, or tin)
I guess tonight pictures speak louder than words!

20 Comments:

Blogger Jennifer said...

They are such cute little scavengers. We had a family that would come to our back door at our old house searching for something, anything...

10:20 PM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

Great photos...they are so cute...I photographed a family last summer...the mother was not happy with me at all...I did not stay near them to long.

10:30 PM  
Blogger LauraHinNJ said...

Country life seems full of surprises! Don't often see racoons here - they are cute (even though they're digging through your garbage!) Hope they didn't make too much of a mess.

10:31 PM  
Blogger MB said...

So cute. (And so annoying.) My daughter loved these photos, too.

10:44 PM  
Blogger Maxly said...

Ah, raiders of the lost arc...

Great photos.

maxly

11:00 PM  
Blogger Jessie said...

Oh. my. gosh. CUTE!!!

look at those little faces! it would be hard to get mad at them even if they did make a mess. then again, they're not in my back yard. :)-

11:30 PM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

That pair in the top photo look so young and cute. They do make a mess of things though. Really good night time photography.

10:21 AM  
Blogger kerrdelune said...

Your little guys (or girls) are as cute as a button, and they do look pleased with themselves in your superb photos - they are curious beasties and they seem to be smiling about their exploration, but oh what a mess they make when they visit!

10:34 AM  
Blogger Sky said...

Oh, I want to feed them but know better! We have about 5 who wander together around the neighborhood! They are so cute but are annoying. And, these are not afraid of people and will walk directly toward me in daytime which alarms me a little!

Your orchid for Robin is lovely!

I just love visiting your blog. :)

11:35 AM  
Blogger HoBess said...

Aren't they hilarious? Like my kids, the line here between my amusement at their mischief and my frustration with their messes is a very fine one. As always, the pictures are priceless!

12:04 PM  
Blogger Susan Gets Native said...

Ahh..the pitter patter of little feet.
We have I don't know how many families of the little angels living near us and they come around as soon as the sun goes down to rummage through the grass under the bird feeders. And even if we don't happen to catch them, we know they have been around by the hand-shaped foot prints on the sidewalk leading away from our fountain. They are more than welcome to check out the grass...less waste seed for me to clean up. Nice photos, and in the dark, too!

12:37 PM  
Blogger In Otter Space said...

Beautiful photo and oh so
cute but no thanks...I'll just keep the dandelions.

Coons and bears! What's next Endment a Moose family?

Here in Charlotte we've got 'coons and opposums and an occasional gator (seven found here in the last six years.)

1:39 PM  
Blogger Pam in Tucson said...

Amazing what they can get into - they're such enterprising and clever little creatures. You certainly captured their character with these great night shots. Great photography!

8:41 PM  
Blogger Nan said...

What great photos. Love the top one especially!

12:54 AM  
Blogger liz elayne said...

i giggled out loud. these little guys are too cute. you want to put them in your pocket a bit don't you...yet we also know how they can be...

2:14 AM  
Blogger AscenderRisesAbove said...

What fun photos throughout. That top one is such a kick. Also that swan picture further down the page.

10:36 AM  
Blogger Blogging In New York said...

They are so adorable they remind me of Loony Coon and Sam Campbell books

5:25 PM  
Blogger Kelly L. Watson said...

what cute little guys!

1:34 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Racoons visit us every now & then too, trying to find a way into the chicken coop or standing up at the back-door window begging for a handout. We enjoy the visits but we don't feed them. They seem so accustomed to begging that I suppose someone in the neighborhood feeds them.

Nice photos...

11:56 AM  
Blogger Wenda said...

I love these little critters, have enjoyed many visits, only some of them annoying, and yet I've also seen how viciously they can fight so I wouldn't want to rub one the wrong way.

4:01 PM  

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