Friday, February 19, 2021

A Friend Sent Us A Photo

 I've been having an email correspondence with someone who has been reading the blog since the early days. She lives in Massachusetts and photographs the beauty she sees there. Every year, because we are so lucky, she sends us a calendar of her photos. We've never met, but we are long-time virtual friends. On Wednesday we were corresponding about these times we're living in, what's going on in her neck of the woods, covid, and politics. Then she wrote about this young porcupine she had seen and attached this photo. (Please click on the photo and enlarge it. It's gorgeous!)

Roger and I were immediately smitten with this little beauty. What a face. Such a sweet young porcupine moment. This made our day brighter and better in every way. And that's why we're sharing it here with you. Who knew a porcupine could be so incredibly cute? Not me, but now I do. Thanks to G. deFriesse for getting our minds off of Covid and back to the beauty of wildlife.

 



36 comments:

  1. What a beautiful face - Zen-like in its tranquillity. Just gorgeous.

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    1. Dr Michelle-- Yes! Zen-like. I love that description.

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  2. Yes, I can see why you love that photo. I also realise that apart from what little I learned as a child - that they are prickly, spiny things - I know nothing about porcupines at all. I shall go and see what Google has to tell me.

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    1. John-- They are prickly little things. I think I've only crossed paths with one once many years ago. Luckily it was far away, and I could appreciate it from a safe distance.

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  3. Now doesn't it want to just pick it up and Give it a cuddle. It's soooo cute. Great photo

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    1. Billy-- Oh yes, it does have that cuddly look, but that's definitely a no-no.

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  4. Such a beautifully expressive face and hands. It's been decades since I've seen a porcupine, and that was in Humboldt County in 1973. Out of curiosity, I looked on Google for a map showing their range. Turns out they are an increasingly rare sight in California, although there were many of them in Humboldt County in the early 1970s. They live here in Whatcom County but I've yet to see one. I'll be asking around now to find out if anyone I know has ever seen one (-:


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    1. am-- Yes, I remember seeing a porcupine many years ago in Northern California in the 1970s. It was far away enough for both of us to feel safe. It was a beauty.

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  5. Oh gee, that's a cute porcupine. It's also a seriously beautiful photo.

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    1. Colette-- It really is a beautiful photo of an adorable critter.

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  6. My goodness, that little adorable face is almost human. Thank you for that warm fuzzy on such a cold day.

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    1. Patti-- It is pretty sweet to see that little face. Yes, warm and fuzzy for a cold day.

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  7. Very sweet photo. I don't see porcupines around here, other than in a zoo. This little one doesn't look all that prickly at all.

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    1. Ally-- I googled around to see when porcupine quills harden. The quills are soft just for a few days, and then harden right up. After 29 days they are on their own. Wow!

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  8. Very cute indeed! It's so interesting how enduring and real these virtual friendships can become. Some of my closest friends on this earth I have never met in the flesh!

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    1. 37paddington-- I have learned so much about the world through these virtual friendships. I feel as close to people I've never met as I do those who I have. It's wild and wonderful.

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  9. Wonderful little guy/gal...looking right at her and the camera! I agree, making virtual friends has become a new normal...who knew this would be our "contacts" these days. I yearn for hugs still.

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    1. Barbara-- It is pretty wild to have such rich friendships with people we've never met. It helps me to contain the world a little bit. We're all so connected in so many ways.

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  10. We rarely see a close up photo of a porcupine so we miss the cute face. I've seen many in the wild and you can stand right beside them but you still don't see the cute face.

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    1. Red-- It's true, we don't get to see such a close up of their adorable faces. Such a treat to see this little beauty.

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  11. That's an amazing picture, and very cute. Probably not so cute to touch, but that's OK. He/she just wants his/her space. :)

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    1. Steve-- Oh yes, so cute, but not enough to touch. But what a face!!

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  12. That was a very sweet young porcupine and it made me smile as well, Robin. While I have seen photos of adult ones and sadly some that did not survive crossing highways, this is the first time I've seen one so young. Good to look, but not to pet.

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    1. Beatrice-- Yes, it made us smile too. What a face! It's good to see such sweetness in the natural world.

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  13. I had no idea they had such long claws. Guess I was more concerned about their prickliness though this rascal looks like he'd be a cuddly pet.

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    1. Catalyst-- I also had no idea about those long claws. Pretty impressive. It's such a surprise how cuddly this sweet young porcupine looks. Adorable.

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  14. somehow I managed to post this comment on my own blog!

    so cute! what a great picture.

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    1. ellen-- That's interesting. I wonder how that happened? So glad you like the photo.

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  15. Nature is amazing and it is great to get a good look at it with beautiful photography! Thanks, Robin Andrea!

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  16. That's a really remarkable photo. It could almost be a pen-and-ink drawing. Very nice.

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  17. The shooting quills were legendary from an early age, but I've never actually seen a porcupine. Cool.

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    1. phil-- I would love to see a porcupine. They really look like little adorable prickly creatures.

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