Raccoon redux

COONNature’s recurring cyclical wheel isn’t reserved to the seasons.

In the exact same spot on the little pond at Frances Slocum where I saw a tiny raccoon at the water’s edge either looking for or cleaning food last year, I saw his year-later doppleganger doing the exact same thing.

To everything there is a season and a time unto heaven.

And that includes tiny, scared critters making their first foray into this huge, bawling, mysterious and noisy world.

This little guy didn’t know what to make of me but he was pretty sure that, whatever I was, I didn’t belong there, so I withdrew into the mist.

But coming hard on the heels of an encounter with the world’s largest porcupine it reminded me again how fortunate we are to have such a wondrous collection of wildlife literally at our doorsteps.”

We are blessed.

As Roger Tory Peterson, father of field guides, said: “We don’t have to go to wild places to find wildlife. A surprisingly wide range of species can be found in and near our cities and towns, from familiar animals like the raccoon to more exotic ones like the mountain lion.” 

This presupposes, of course, that you actually GO out into the woods to see what’s to be seen.



Author: luzerne2112

As I get older -- and I'm 70 now -- I seem to find more and more that nature is the true source of peace, inspiration and, most of all, the truth the passeth understanding. Though my knowledge is sketchy and superficial, I wanted to share it while I can.

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