Two weekly memes that I enjoy when I visit other people's blog, but have not yet participated in myself, are Shadow Shot and Camera Critters. I'm sure we've all experienced the "can't do it all" blog syndrome. However, when I took this shot late last year (before the snow arrived) I thought I might post it for one or the other. Well, I just can't make up my mind which meme to choose - it is a shadow, but it's also a very good likeness of a critter - so I decided to post it here on an "off" day for double the fun.
I was driving back one afternoon from Point Pelee National Park when I braked for this odd little shadow by the side of the road. It looked remarkably like a coati (coatimundi) to me. This morning I did a Google image search for coatis, and found the photo of this little guy, in almost the exact same pose! These relatives of raccoons are such charming creatures; I wish we had them here - the real ones not just their shadows, but of course it's far too cold. I'm used to thinking of them as a South America mammal only, but apparently they can be found in the southwestern U.S. as well. I would love to see one in the wild...maybe one sent his shadow for a visit!
Coati photo at www.trp.dundee.ac.uk/ ~BL/mammals/P112131coati550/jpg
The Cloud Messenger (Meghadūta) is a lyric poem by the respected Indian poet, Kālidāsa. The poem centers around a yaksa in exile. Longing for his beloved, waiting for him on a Himalayan mountain, he asks a cloud to take a message to her. The sights he tells the cloud it will see on its way make up most of the poem.
The idea of recording observations appeals to me. I thought The Cloud Messenger was the perfect title for a blog about the journey that we all make as we move through our days.
I'm a baby boomer who grew up dancing in the streets of Detroit during the classic Motown years, lived beside the Rocky Mountains for many years, now retired and living (and writing full time) in S. Ontario. I have one blog for rock 'n' roll oldies, and one for nature, poetry and life along the Lake.