Because you never know what you’ll see…


I woke up this morning to fog.




Hanging over everything like a gentle blanket of white…






In some places there was a sharp delineation.




As if it cut by a knife.






But as it started to lift…




I looked way out into the back yard by the woods and saw…




A piner!!



I did!




And in the 17 years we’ve lived here?

Not one single porcupine sighting… until now.

There’s elusive creatures, solitary by nature. Shy, quiet and slow… but apparently willing to high five in Philly.





(I totally need to visit Philly now, damn it.)

Sadly, while we see plenty of them dead on the side of the road…. we’ve never seen one at our house since the majority of our property is open lawn or field and they prefer the wooded areas.

So… a piner!!



I was thrilled… and attempted to creep across the back lawn to get a better picture. Naturally, I don’t creep well and he spotted me….. and shimmied down the tree before I could get close.




But I saw a piner on our property and have blurry photos to prove it.

Yay me!



Here’s a piner eating corn on the cob.



Note to self – buy corn on the cob.



37 thoughts on “Because you never know what you’ll see…”

      1. I don’t know, my back neighbor Andy was telling me that the stupid mockingbird is dive bombing his baby chihuahua and he’s been sitting out there with a pellet gun. I hope he gets that mockingbird bastard because it’s annoying as hell.

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    1. Huntress,
      Just don’t get caught (you or your neighbor) killing the mockingbird. Apparently, because it’s the state bird of Texas (I know, we all thought that shooting our middle finger was), there’s a law against killing them. Try getting a fake owl and putting it somewhere nearby to scare the damned thing off. Go figure.

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  1. Never see them here. Lots of ‘possums tho. And a CRAPTON of dead skunks on the road this year. As well as those damn 4 legged corn pickers. One was barely recognizable this morning…musta been a semi … or 3. ugh.

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      1. Ya…them too. And hawks. Swooping down to get the corn pickers or ‘coon. It’s sad. But then you can drive right by a bald eagle munchin’ down at the Road Kill Cafe.

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  2. At our cottage, people build cages around their vehicles because the porcupines chew tires and fuel lines for fun. But I’ve never actually seen one up there.

    I have also never seen a cloud of fog with such a sharp edge like that. Nice pictures.

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  3. Great spot! Piners here, but have yet to spot one (except one possible spot of a small juvenile my dogs sniffed, returning without quills in their noses). Nice fog photos, too! Plenty here, my task often being getting above it to find the sunshine.

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  4. How exciting! 😀 I never saw one until I saw one at the zoo two summers ago. I was surprised at how large he was! So cute! So big! I had thought they were more like the size of skunks (I blame cartoons).

    Beautiful photos of the fog. Really lovely!

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