Tuesday, February 3, 2009
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