Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Hi, I'm Blondie!!

It was a rainy, dreary day...we got up and fooled around a little bit. Roger finished up something in the garage and I was doing some laundry. He got done, and he knew that I had been needing some fabric...don't laugh! I really don't have very many purples or oranges in my fabric and I needed them for my new quilt for Lorelei.
Anyway, we headed to Illinois, and a quick run through the strip pit area was in order, as well as one on the way home. It is more or less a little detour to go through it. On the way there, we saw two male pheasant--(not grouse), a couple pair of blue winged teal, mallards, a painted turtle, and the usual red-winged blackbird. The normal sights.
On the way home, we saw a couple new things, this skunk among them. We did see one one other time, and it was white for the most part. And though it was an off-white, it wasn't as off white as this one. And it was too far away to get a good picture. This one, however was close enough. At first I thought he was going to come and investigate me, but he had second thoughts and turned and took off through the field.
So that is my one new thing from out there...and I will show you the other in the next day or two.
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We had planned to go mushroom hunting tomorrow, but instead are going to go see Lorelei. It has been at least a week since Roger has seen her and even though it was last Thursday for me, it seems an age and I can't wait to see her.
I found this mushroom right outside our fence, where my husband parks his trailer. I found it yesterday, but a day or two before when Roger was mowing the yard, he found a whole mess of morels. He done had them inside and in water when I came home. We had to have breakfast the next morning...emmm-mmm-good!

14 comments:

Mary said...

I've never seen a skunk that color! How odd! Last year I had one that was almost all white and one that was almost all black....but I've never seen this "reddish" color! Only a fellow quilter would understand "not having enough fabric" :-) I was at a quilt store in Greenwood today, and actually didn't buy anything.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Rose, Glad you got out today--even if it rained.. I too have never seen a brown skunk before. Amazing!!!!

Hope you got all of your fabric... A quilter NEVER EVER has enough fabric.... ha


Hugs,
Betsy

don said...

I have never seen a skunk with this coloration. Very interesting series including the muchroom with its interesting pattern.

Tricia said...

Ok, I didn't laugh at you, so don't you laugh at me - but I've never even heard of a grouse! I'm gonna have to look that one up!

Deborah Godin said...

Wow, and wow again! That's a great sighting, and certainly qualifies as "leucistic" -fantastic! (can you tell I think this is exciting?) Although woe to the coyote who misses the familiar pattern warning signal and tries to get him!

Rose said...

i meant to say male pheasant--not grouse!

Tricia said...

Nope, I've never seen a grouse before & one of the men I work w/ who's 65 said he's never seen one either. We saw the pic of one on Wikipedia & he said he's never even heard of one. That's weird, but interesting, though!

D said...

What a great catch...from FAR away. :)

Leedra said...

Most odd looking skunk I have ever seen. I knew the black and white could be reversed, but never knew one could look like this. I had to enlarge.

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Barb said...

WOW that Skunk is quite a sight! Only one time did I see an unusual Skunk and that was the reverse white with a black stripe...but BLONDIE, really strange! Thanks for sharing Rose!

George said...

I've never seen a blonde skunk before, and I hope I don't have a close encounter with one!

fishing guy said...

Rose: I would have never guessed a skunk, especially a blonde one. That is simply amazing.
The morel looks yummy.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

A brown skunk? That's very strange!

Pat - Arkansas said...

Fascinating! I've never before seen a skunk that wasn't just plain black and white. Nice capture!

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