07 February 2008

"Caught in the Act"

Our friend Gail in California gets to see a lot of wildlife, and often captures the unusual in pictures. No, this is not a squirrel, friends, but Br'er Rat! We grow up believing these rodents are awful, but does this little guy look evil to you? Of course not! He's just a fellow traveler in our world.

Detail of original photo by: Gail Slaughter

14 comments:

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I've head a number of pet rats including one who rode on my shoulder, hid under my hair, slept in my pocket. Of course the lab rat is from the wild Norway rat.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Interesting art. :-D

ImperfectNerd said...

This shot took a little bit of doing. The wide version showed Mr. Rat in a parking lot where Gail found him, and I enlarged him to try to bring out his personality,

Petunia said...

Why don't you join Sky Watch Friday?http://strollingthroughgeorgia.blogspot.com/
Have nice week end!

ImperfectNerd said...

Thanks, Pet. You too! And I did join, directing people to
http://nerdshot.blogspot.com/
which is where I put my computer-enhanced postings and experimental stuff. They sometimes start out as sky and end up something entirely different!

Sandy Carlson said...

Yup, just a fellow traveler. Beautiful shot. My daughter subscribes to Animal of the Day, which is on her little blog, justwriteforkids.us, and it acquaints us with all kinds of critters. Familiarity breeds affection!

ImperfectNerd said...

Thank you so much for coming, Sandy! You are very welcome to return anytime...things are always being posted when we have the time.
Did you see my other blogs yet? They are quite different from this one.

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Thanks for dropping by Nick's Bytes. I'll be dropping by here, too.

ImperfectNerd said...

Thanks, Nick. I hope things become better and better for you as time moves on!

Jeanette said...

Hi Thanks for the visit,
Rats! not one of my favorite animals, Quick were the rat trap Yuk,Ill go see some of your other blogs...

Jo Beaufoix said...

The rat is very cute. We have a gerbil who is in the same family and she is adorable. I suppose it's just the thought of a wild rat in my house that is scary, but outside my house is fine. :D

ImperfectNerd said...

Thanks for coming, Jo and Jeanette. In my youth my nemeses were not rats but bats! I hunted them with an air rifle in the Big Red Barn on our farm. It was cruel, though being young, I didn't know better. This rashness came back to haunt me recently, I suppose, when not one but two small bats decided to invade the old apartment where I now live. Smokey, my cat, helped me defend our turf and we managed to evict our little visitors, out the window, stunned but still living!

Andrée said...

I like what Sandy said: familiarity breeds affection. That is exactly the phrase I needed when I reviewed the Canada geese book. But I really don't like rats: in cities they bite children and I had students with bites. Here in the woods: no rats. Mice, voles, shrews are cute but are all hunted by everybody else.

ImperfectNerd said...

Even nasty looking creatures deserve a place in our world, I think, but that said, why didn't Noah just swat those mosquitoes!