|Footprints in mud and pollen|
Our driveway has a low area designed to allow drainage during heavy rain. It fills with water that drains slowly into the gravel at the side, and also fills with silty mud that is run off from the garden beds around the driveway area. Lately we've also been plagued by a surprisingly high amount of pollen, which has coated the dry mud with a layer of stickiness. One of the raccoons trotted through this recently and left the prints behind.
A couple of days ago, not long after taking this photo, I walked through the back door into the back garden in the middle of the afternoon, and scared a raccoon that had been foraging, probably for grubs, in the middle of the grassy circle. It lumbered quickly off toward the fence, but stopped once it was behind the Dicentra 'Gold Heart' and stared back at me. I stood on the back porch and stamped my feet and yelled.
Call me crazy, but there was a hoe nearby, so I picked it up and advanced down the steps and across the grass, whereupon it finally decided it had had enough of the crazy lady and climbed a tree.
I posted the photo on Instagram with the hashtags #raccoonssuck and #raccoonsarebastards. I wonder, if raccoons with their little hands could use Instagram, what would they say about humans?
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