Raccoon Cubs

Posted by Ron Day on Fri May 18, 2012 4:42 pm

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I recently spent a considerable amount of time in a hardwood forest photographing a family of red foxes. While in the woods, I discovered a family of raccoons -- a mother and four young cubs. At sunrise, mom would leave the cubs in a large oak tree, and descend to the ground to forage. While mom hunted for food, the cubs would normally either nap or play. On this morning, I got lucky. It was overcast, and these two cubs began playing in the fork of the tree. Actually, they were playing with each other's hands when they struck this pose. After a while, mom signaled the cubs, and they began descending to the ground. On the way down, they made a soft "cooing" sound similar to that of a mourning dove. It was a remarkable experience. Thanks for looking.

D3, 500 mm, f/8@1/40, ISO 2000, Gitzo tripod, Wimberley Head II.

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by Carol Clarke on Fri May 18, 2012 6:06 pm
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Wonderful image Ron! I love these two bright eyed mischief makers, just like two naughty children and how adorable that they were playing with each other's hands while mother was doing all the hard work. Framed beautifully in the tree and such sweet detail of those faces. Love it!
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by Cindy Marple on Fri May 18, 2012 8:37 pm
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This is just darling! Love the interaction with the "hands" and the alert expressions. The overcast served you well with this setting.

by Gary Briney on Fri May 18, 2012 11:13 pm
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Terrific eye level image of these little bandits! Thanks for the story behind the image.
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by kiran on Sat May 19, 2012 12:02 am
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Cute...something you don't get to see everyday. Love the framing with the trunk and their position/eye contact. The greens in the BG enhance the image nicely.
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by john on Sat May 19, 2012 12:45 am
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What a couple of cuties! Love the look on their faces and the way they are framed by trees! Excellent image.

by Matthew Pugh on Sat May 19, 2012 1:40 am
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What a cool shot – lobe their expressions !!!

A little bit of magic role up in an image

Have a great weekend

by Lerkes on Sat May 19, 2012 4:35 am
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Great find - nice composition and background. Your time was very well paid off . steve
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by Jim Urbach on Sat May 19, 2012 5:04 pm
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Super cute image Ron. Such great eye contact with this pair
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by Greg Schneider on Sat May 19, 2012 11:35 pm
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What a wonderful pose. It's certainly a different view on this species, and those eyes!!
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by marguerite on Sun May 20, 2012 7:11 pm
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Two bright curious cub raccoons, caught in the simple act of hand holding, create an image that tugs at your emotions. Beautiful image, Ron! Also, technically excellent. Congratulations!

by Ron Day on Mon May 21, 2012 9:46 pm
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Thanks for the comments everyone, they are greatly appreciated.

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by LynnS on Thu May 31, 2012 5:52 pm
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Ron, wow absolutely adorable with irresistible poses, great timing not only getting their paws intertwined, but getting that split second with both of them looking up towards you. Tree trunk provides excellent framing for the dynamic duo, super image - congrats!
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