Tuesday, March 8, 2011

e is for excitement

I think that one's art is a growth inside one. I do not think one can explain growth. It is silent and subtle. One does not keep digging up a plant to see how it grows.

Emily Carr (1871-1945) artist, writer

early this morning we had some excitement when a pair of raccoons, living in the chimney of the house next door, decided to emigrate to another house.

I managed to capture some of the escapade with my camera!

native americans believe that animals enter our lives to teach us lessons. with the appearance of two raccoons this morning, I thought I'd see what is written about raccoon medicine.
Raccoons like many of the hidden urban wildlife has adapted to living with humans. ... Their cleverness and adaptation is why they're at home in our neighborhoods or mountain campsites. They remind us to try something again and again and again til it works. They also show us the importance in working in groups. Often as one is lifting off the trash can lid they will leave a look out by the back door. They honor their guard by giving him dinner too. This seasoned leader is often the oldest and teaches the others all the tricks he's learned over the years so they too can find food for themselves. Raccoon reminds us the importance of teaching others to do for themselves. Empowerment of others allows each of us to feel needed in a group and valued. Finally the most noticeable mark of the raccoon is their mask which is why they're often given the nick name of ‘little bandit'. Masks are a why for us to try on another persons shoes. ..But when Raccoon has appeared to you take a chose look at what mask or type of person you may be pretending to be. ... Raccoon will help show you when to use your cleverness and when to put the mask away.
rocky raccoon appeared on the beatles white album in 1968.


Mike Litvin said...

Some very good or should I say excellent pictures.

Gianni said...

I'd say it's a safe bet the neighbor's fireplace hasn't been used for some time.

A few years back, I went to get my car and heard a strange noise up in the rafters of the garage. I also noticed that the insulation was torn off part of the walls and was all over the floor.

It turned out after I called Animal Control that a momma raccoon had built a nest overhead and was caring for her newborns!

I had no idea they could do that but the officer said it was quite common! And to keep the garage door closed.

Unknown said...

I have met many raccoons in my career in roofing. There is no wild animal more adapted to urban living. None are more intelligent.

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Watson said...

Racoons are so extremely cute it's too bad their poop is so dangerous with roundworm. So be careful mouse. Even sweeping up after them can cause sickness.