My original plan for this weekend was to stay home and do some photography related things with my friends at home. However, after looking at the weather and thinking about how camping season is quickly coming to an end, I decided to travel the 180 miles (3 hrs) north to my campsite. When I first arrived last night it was rather chilly, well over 15 degrees cooler than it was when I left the mid hudson valley. I actually turned on the heat. Not so much for me, but more so for my two adorable little chihuahua's.
Anyhow, I'm so glad I came up because for weeks I've been trying to get a decent photo of the beautiful raccoon who stops by my campsite every night. He/she is very scared of me, but will tiptoe around to check my bird feeders, hummingbird feeders, and suet feeders. In general, I try to make sure they are all empty at night, but every once in a while I forget and the raccoon gets a very small meal.
This evening while sitting by the fire, I saw my little friend checking out all the potential hot spots. After not finding anything, he or she continued to lurk around my spot. I quickly ran into the camper to grab my camera and sat in the doorway. I threw a few chips out on the deck and sure enough, the raccoon came up to get them. I was in such amazement watching at how close he/she was and how pleasantly plump it was. Apparently, this guy/gal has been eating well. My visit with the raccoon didn't last long, but I finally got a half way decent shot. If only the backdrop were a little nicer! Meet my precious, yet very timid new pal that I probably will never get such a fantastic opportunity with.
On a side note, this shot was taken after dark with LED lights on the deck and an external flash mounted on my camera, facing up and bouncing off a white card (to reduce the look of crazy animal eyes).