Montana Outdoors

September 15, 2008

Shy visitor

Filed under: Animals, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — Tags: — montucky @ 6:32 am

“I’m hiding!”

Porcupine

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  1. What a nice looking porcupine. How on earth did you spot him?

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    Comment by scienceguy288 — September 15, 2008 @ 8:40 am

  2. awww…too cute! 🙂

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    Comment by Sumedh — September 15, 2008 @ 10:03 am

  3. Fantastic!!!

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    Comment by Patia — September 15, 2008 @ 10:51 am

  4. Oh, he’s so cute!!! Though I’m with scienceguy288, how on earth did you *notice* him!!

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    Comment by Sara — September 15, 2008 @ 11:08 am

  5. What a great shot! And I wonder why he didn’t run or did you have a great zoom lens working for you on that one? They are “cute” until they knaw on your house,… deck, flower boxes,… door casings,… etc. Those critters will chew on just about anything!

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    Comment by Cedar — September 15, 2008 @ 5:10 pm

  6. He’s doing a lot better than the cats in my neighborhood that try to hide behind weeds that cover up none of the cat.

    Malcolm

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    Comment by knightofswords — September 15, 2008 @ 7:19 pm

  7. Everyone,

    Last night, just before it was completely dark, our dog and I completed our (her) evening walk and as she passed the old apple tree I saw her look up and noticed a couple of the top branches moving, more than would be caused by a small bird. Upon much closer scrutiny, this big guy was right at the top. He’s huge, and I first thought he was a raccoon, but then I could see the quills sticking up over his head. After about a dozen shots at all kinds of settings due to the darkness, and quite a bit of zoom, this one came out. I thought he was adorable, kind of like the kids when they were little and wanted to hide, but also wanted to be sure they would be found.

    Cedar; Yes, and how they chew! I’ve lost lost a couple of axe handles in the past, but I see so few around these days that I’d forgive them for that. Sadly, some of those who pass for hunters these days have killed about all of them around here. I really don’t know what their contribution is to the whole scheme of things, but I’m pretty certain is isn’t to be targets for some moron to practice on.

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    Comment by montucky — September 15, 2008 @ 8:58 pm

  8. He is adorable. I am glad you chose to shoot him with your camera instead of with a gun. It’s a good thing your dog did not get ahold of him as it would have been quite painful and hazardous to her health too.

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    Comment by Tabbie — September 15, 2008 @ 9:40 pm

  9. Yes, they can be pretty tough on a dog, but I watch Molly very closely and she isn’t aggressive, so I doubt if she would get in trouble, but I try not to take the chance. I don’t know where the porky went after he left here, but I certainly wish him well! He’s very large, so he has probably figured out how to take care of himself by now: I sure hope so!

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    Comment by montucky — September 15, 2008 @ 10:26 pm

  10. wow! I didn’t know what it was til I read the comments!

    I need to learn to use my camera at/after dark!

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    Comment by silken — September 18, 2008 @ 6:56 pm

  11. I know what you mean. I had a struggle to remember how to set up the flash too. I’m so used to the other problem of tto much light!

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    Comment by montucky — September 18, 2008 @ 7:17 pm

  12. i like this innocent expression
    did you stumble across him?

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    Comment by chloe — November 1, 2008 @ 7:19 pm

  13. He came to visit one evening and I spotted him in an apple tree: he thought he was hidden. Thanks for the visit, Chloe!

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    Comment by montucky — November 1, 2008 @ 7:55 pm


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