Friday, February 25, 2011

Racoon Reflections

One of our favourite spots for weekend wandering is a small fishing settlement called Finn Slough that remains little changed since it  began early in the twentieth century. For many years, it provided work for the now-historic cannery in Steveston, and is still inhabited by a handful of fishers who seem to live in easy harmony with their surroundings, despite being minutes away from the busy metropolis of Richmond B.C.

One day as I stood on the shaky wooden drawbridge looking up the slough, I was delighted to see a racoon making his way toward me. He slouched along methodically, digging into the mud and rinsing off whatever edible treats he brought to the surface
 Low tide had uncovered a treasure trove for him and he was not going to miss a bit of it...every inch of mud got a thorough inspection.
.
Patiently, I waited and watched, until he was right under me, completely unconcerned by my quiet presence.
Busy with his labours, he continued under the bridge to forage some more...
I am linking this post to the wonderful 'Weekend Reflections' hosted by James. For a real treat, stop by and peruse more reflective photos!
.

20 comments:

'Tsuki said...

That is such a cute little guy ! I just love this type of encounter : they are so rare and so precious...

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I love this slough Lynette -- that's our kind of place. And the raccoon photos are fantastic.

Margaret said...

Such amazing creatures and how fun to get this opportunity!

Carolyn Ford said...

that raccoon is a cute little rascal! I LOVE his reflection!

Sylvia K said...

Oh, I do love this little guy! And what terrific reflections, Lynette! Just the giggle I needed for the day! Hope you have a weekend filled with laughter and more fun reflections! Enjoy!

Sylvia

MacDougal Street Baby said...

I love these pictures, particularly the first one.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

The last raccoon I saw was a mangy, battle-scarred old codger limping across the street one night years ago by CBC headquarters in Toronto. Yours looks much healthier and happier.

Kay L. Davies said...

I love your Finn Slough pictures, as you know, but you've outdone yourself with this little fella and his reflections. Wonderful, Lynette, just wonderful. Love 'em all to bits.
Luv, K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Clytie said...

Raccoons are so fun to see, except when they go fishing in my dad's goldfish pond. These are great shots! I'm so glad he didn't mind you being nearby.

Katy Cameron said...

Aww, now why do I not see things like this wandering up the Clyde...?

adrielleroyale said...

I love it! What cute shots! :)

Lesley said...

awww. Did you watch the Nature of Things show last night on raccoons in Toronto? amazingly clever creatures.

Eileen T O'Neill ..... said...

Lynette,
I am so pleased to have you on my Blogroll. It brings me to visit your Blog and I always enjoy what I find there.
However, the racoon story and photographs, are just wonderful.
Well done with your patience and capturing such special images and for sharing them here.
Don't think you would find too many racoons in the River Lagan in Belfast!!!!
Have a lovely weekend Lynette,
Eileen :)

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I have never been to Finn Slough but have fallen in love with it thru your photos. I love the little raccoon. I used to have a Mama Raccoon in Tofino who would bring her babies every spring to my back door for food:)

Marvin said...

Great images of the raccoon, and the reflections are an added attraction.

Gine said...

Amusant et bien trouvé !

Pat Tillett said...

Fantastic photos!
Like them or not, racoons are pretty cute!
Patrick Tillett, Extremely Overdue

Carola Bartz said...

Love the raccoon! Such a cute little guy! We have a raccoon in the neighborhood who comes to visit our yard in the night, especially around cherry time - he climbs up in the cherry tree and munches along on the cherries. Very noisily.

Leovi said...

Magnificent reflections, the most beautiful in the second.

Carola said...

An animal reflection is really something special.
Greetings from Germany.