Wednesday, June 28, 2006



Blogger micki said...

Sometime in the very near future, I will be going over to to bookmark all the new sites I’ve been visiting regularly in the past month or so. You all deserve the recognition. Just takes me awhile to do this because of my dial up.

Along with the photo, I have an amusing story for today. Read on if you’re interested AND if raccoon poop doesn’t gross you out too much.


Sometime between Friday morning’s laps I do around the yard and Sunday morning, a critter (hubby said a raccoon) had pooped right in my very well worn path. I’ve been doin’ laps here for five years, so my territory is clearly marked…but whatever. So, I come runnin’ around the back of the house Sunday morning and as I stepped inches from the poop, a swarm of flies buzzes up in my face. hmmmm. I passed by next time and almost stepped in it again, and again, and again. Finally, I decided that since my memory isn’t what it used to be, I should do something to avoid a mess on my shoe. I covered the poop with a bucket that was lying in the yard and happily finished my laps. Well, not happily. It was humid and almost 75 already at 7:00 a.m. I reminded myself to remove the bucket when I was done running, because, after all, it was rather warm and sunny out. But, you know my memory, and after 30 minutes, I was suckin’ wind and was more than ready to go in the house.

Hubby went out to mow the grass eight hours later.

In the evening he had an interesting story to tell. Apparently, he was met with a rather strong odor when he picked up a bucket in the yard that had been placed over some raccoon poop. He couldn’t figure out why anyone would do that. I had to claim that as my doing, as he thought one of the children had done it.

I love that look. I’m on the receiving end of it often.

Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Kodak Max ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1/6
Aperture Setting - f-8 Manual Mode
Gray Card Reading
Lens - Sigma 105mm portrait/macro lens
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

Things I’m Thankful to Cliff For…. Teaching me the value of hard work by making us slave away every year during Memorial Day weekends to put in the garden.

8:35 AM  
Blogger Monterey John said...

You and your still lifes. Man, I don't have the patience for that sort of thing... but I guess that why I love your stuff and am here regularly. Fun shot.

9:07 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Hahahahaha...I don't know which is more amusing, the photo, the story, or the picture in my head of the banter between you and your husband.

These toad shots are great. Such a cooperative little fellow.

9:27 AM  
Anonymous tore said...

"So c'mon, kids, let's bake today. Let's see what we have in the fridge...eggs, check. Butter, check. Toad, check."

10:16 AM  
Blogger Don said...

Funny...picture and story. Those raccoons are very smart! :-)

11:13 AM  
Blogger PlasticTV said...

Haha you should have made him a small baker's hat. :)

11:46 AM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

lol, nice writing!

1:57 PM  
Anonymous Chris Loudermilk said...

Fabulous story Goodie. Keep up the great photos.

5:27 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

These shots are too funny! :oD

6:35 PM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

Micki. The story did bring a smile to my face. I had an even bigger smile when I thought to say ... you should have your camera ready to capture "that look" next time you know it is coming and have it blown up REAL big and place it promonently in your husband's sphere of life. The idea does give me a chuckle!

Love your setup for the toad photo. I still HATE toads so find it hard to look at the image closely!

Cheers... Chris

8:10 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

Too funny!

8:27 PM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

You stepped in their poop and the racoons ate my cherries all gone while I was away!! :( Hope that toad is real
and you didn't freeze it to get a photo!

12:01 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

You crack me up. I love your little toad scenes. Good for you for doing your laps!

12:02 AM  
Blogger Doris said...

OH MY goodness the look on his face is like what are you going to do with that big rolling thing? LOL

Our Raccoon Poop's in the same spot every night! it use to be on the side of the tree facing our house, but hubby moved his pile and he fallowed the pile and now goes on the back side of the tree so I don't have to look at it! LOL

funny this is the second Blog I have gone to tonight and talked about my raccoon poop in my back yard LOL

2:03 AM  
Anonymous Ella said...

Love the color palette in this photo. Makes me think of the time I used to play with tiny things. The toad gives it a slightly witchy atmosphere :-).
I am so glad, I have a good connection. Dial up was such a pain in my butt... Interesting raccoon story. Too bad internet doesn't transfer smells ;-)!

2:54 AM  
Anonymous AG said...

That toad is an absolute star! Love the little setting you made for him here – he looks quite at home.

5:35 AM  
Anonymous Fantom Poet said...

Great story and nice shot, I'm always on the end of those types of look ;-)

7:50 AM  
Blogger Paul said...

Micki, I love the toad. Where do you keep him in between modeling assignments? What are you feeding him? :-)

I was cracking up while reading the story, especially the part about your husband discovering the bucket. I know that my reacation what have been something like: "Now who would have done something like this, and why???".


8:25 AM  
Anonymous navin harish said...

Interesting story.
I love this shot. This reminds me of the tiny tea set my wife picked up from a fair recently.

I guess you have already seen it and have posted a comment there too.

8:54 AM  
Anonymous shaped said...

hehe funny shot. great one!

8:54 AM  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

This is cool. Love the way everything's laid out. The toad adds a nice sense of levity to it too. Great shot!

1:22 AM  
Blogger Jasp said...

Mr Toad is becoming a star, he will havea fan club soon

5:12 PM  
Anonymous bart said...

Funny and creative idea. Nice pic. Great blog!

12:52 PM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

I'm sure that this toad simply leaps at every chance for a photo shoot :-)

Had to do it. I get a bit punchy in the AM.

7:05 AM  

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