Tuesday, April 29, 2008

120/365+1: Who You Callin' "Nocturnal?"

My office complex, as has been illustrated ad nauseum, is really out there in the woods. Imagine my surprise as I ambled down the long walkway to my car this evening and encountered this masked marauder! I was glad I had the 55-200mm lens, and that he was patient while I switched it for the short one on the camera, but oh boy oh boy! was I wishing for the 300.

Although I find it disconcerting to find nocturnal animals out in the daylight, he fascinated me and posed so cooperatively.

14 comments:

jo(e) said...

What a great capture!

kathy a. said...

i'm not totally convinced that racoons all got the memo about being "wild" animals, and being "nocturnal."

Gawdess said...

beautiful detail, sharp and crisp, lovely - glad you had the telephoto with you.

concretegodmother said...

ah! that's so cool!

Anastasia said...

nocturnal animals weird me out when they could out during the day, too. it's just not right!

this is a great shot. s/he's being very cooperative.

BrightStar said...

Love this! Very nice focus. It's hard (for me) to get good focus on animals because they move around so much.

Scrivener said...

I agree with everyone else: you got such a nice, crisp shot.

Sandie said...

Very cool! He has ever expressive eyes.

peripateticpolarbear said...

Great shot. But STAY AWAY FROM HIM. Nocturnal out during the day is a symptom of rabies. (It's not the only reason a nocturnal animal will be seen during the day, but still....)

You're such an amazing photographer.

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Rev Dr Mom said...

Great shot!

I had a raccoon out in my yard during the late afternoon before, too. It surprised me, but maybe they just got hungry before dark!

robin andrea said...

What a cutie! Great photograph, YT.

We had motion sensor lights set to go on whenever something walked through our yard at night and activated them. We finally had to turn them off because the raccoons were walking through all night long. We haven't seen one since. They're still out there, we just don't wake up to them anymore.

Moi said...

is he suffering from insomnia??? jokes apart, i guess, it's not right.

loved the way you have capturd him staring right into your camera.

Karin said...

What a great shot - he looks so patient waiting for you to take his picture!