April 16, part 2, 2004

Peeking Porcupine

In the evening I headed out to a spot where I have seen flying squirrels in the past. Flying squirrels are nocturnal, so it's only at dusk that you can see them come out. I was hiking my way down a hill when something caught my eye to the left.

A large porcupine was trying to squeeze back into a hole in a tree. Apparently it had been coming out for the night just as I was walking by and it was now hoping to return back to it's den before I saw it. Only it was large enough that it was a little stuck. As I struggled to set up my camera in time the porcupine was struggled to pull in it's leg. Just as I got the camera ready the leg disappeared down the hole.

I didn't push the porky, I figured that it was just a matter of time till it poked it's head back out, and that was the image that I really wanted. So I just set up my camera and waited.

And I waited, and I waited.

It was an hour later that the porcupine finally looked out of the hole to see if I had left and then I was able to make this image.

April 16, part 1, 2004

April 20, 2004