Saturday, August 17, 2013

Late Breakfast




























By nature, he's not a creature of the light, but on this particular morning, 

a young raccoon's hunger overcame his caution. 

He made his way, nervously, along the deck railing toward the bird feeder. 






Sans bark, it was a bit tricky to hang on...

































but the black oil sunflower seeds made it well worth the effort.


























"Is that my mother calling?"






























The small creature went to dismount, 

and found that getting into something can be easier than getting out of it.  

It was a long way down.

He managed, finally, to navigate to the deck and down the steps

before making a dash for his den tree, 

late to bed.

We're leaving him with a poem Don wrote for our grandson.

The little raccoon might want to study up.








All Night Diner

The eastern sky, with crescent moon,
is solid black, which suits the coon.

He hunts at night, and finds his snacks
little creatures must watch their backs.

His menu's long; he does not fuss
his diet is omnivorous.

Some crickets now, with some wild plums
then some birdseed, before light comes.

More bites, a burp, and then he's gone
to his den tree at early dawn.


Don Smiley











38 comments:

Lavender Cottage said...

A cute youngster, even though they can be mischievous.

bailey-road.com said...

Cute little raccoon. I'll bet your grandson was delighted with that poem!

TexWisGirl said...

naughty little cutie. i've had such a tough time with them raiding my horse feed this year!

*Manja* said...

sehr, sehr niedlich und klasse Foto`s!
Liebe Grüße,*Manja*

Terri said...

He was almost in a pickle for a dismount! I love the poem!

Misty DawnS said...

What a truly entertaining and fantastic post! The photos are spectacular! You could make a photo storybook with these.

Lisa Gordon said...

Where there's a will, there's a way!
What a cute little fella.
I love the poem.

Gunilla Bäck said...

He's adorable! Wonderful shots!

Deanna said...

You husband can write the poetry and you can illustrate the book with your photos!!

eileeninmd said...

Cute photos and a wonderful poem! Wonderful post!

Faye said...

I love the poem! As for nocturnal animals seen in daytime, beware. They often carry rabies. Your photos are lovely and show that this is a really young animal and probably just out for food.

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Oh, he's so cute. What a wonderful surprise.

SquirrelQueen said...

Oh, what a little cutie. I sometimes see the young ones in my yard. I think they just like to stay up late and give their mama a hard time.

S Keller said...

Darling pictures, though I am not sure I would consider any raccoon 'darling'. Don writes poetry as beautiful as you take photos.
Thank you for blending your talents together to make a delightful place on the Internet.

Nell at njschout said...

That railing does look a little slippery. : )

Mascha said...

Beautiful photos and a great poem

marygems said...

This was a cute post! In New Zealand we don't have squirrels or raccoons so I enjoy learning about them from posts like this :)

I want to unsubscribe from my old email address mgemmill@xtra.co.nz and resubscribe in my new one gemmill.mary@gmail.com but cannot see an unsubscribe link beneath the email Can you help me please? [over 60 with eyesight not so good !]

Brian King said...

LOL! Great photos! They're nimble critters just like squirrels.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Ohhhh.. Adorable. So sweet.. Best regards..

acreativeharbor.com said...

Absolutely wonderful shots and poem is delightful ~ thanks, carol, xo

Barb Brookbank said...

Fabulous photos of this cute little creature! I love the poem too!

S. Etole said...

The poem describes these little rascals well. The photos do, too.

Kathy McB said...

How can such a rascal look so darn cute! Fun captures!

Jennifer Richardson said...

what a fantastic guest you hosted
with your camera...thanks for sharing this gift from the woods:)
I love the poem, too; wonderful!
-Jennifer

Robyn G said...

Connie, I bet you had fun watching your little visitor.

We had 3 coons as pets when I was growing up. Each with a distinct personality. They are fun to watch. Such curious and social animals.

Robyn
http://theranchwifechronicles.com/

Linda W. said...

Great photos! Such a cute little guy.

Kerri Farley said...

Oh I LOVE it .... the images AND the poem!!

s.c said...

Nice shots.I like them .

Lui said...

Connie, you make our creatures special and every moment an inspiration!

Thank you for keeping faith with me...

maryaustria said...

So cute! Your photos are really wonderful!

Kim Cunningham said...

Oh my goodness what a sweet little raccoon! I know they are a nuisance at times, but he is so forgivable.

Margie said...

This made me smile and brightened my day. Sigh...

Nancy said...

Such a sweet young lad!

Brea said...

Love it! Well captured!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That is so darn cute Connie! I know some people hate raccoons, but I love them...I wouldn't even mind if they ate my bird seed (although I do make sure they can't get into our garbage cans)!

Your husband is a second Ogden Nash; I love his poem..the verse 'his menu's long, he does not fuss, his diet is omniverous"...that's just priceless.!! I will remember that next time I encounter our neighborhood raccoons!

Marco Luyken said...

Hello Connie,
Very funny shots!! So nice to see this acrobatic raccoon.
You've photographed him very well. Nice blog!!

Many greetings,
Marco

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Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Jodi said...

Did your husband write that poem? Delightful.