Well, this is awkward….. what, me posting a Picture Day post on Friday? What in the hell is up with that anyway? Yeah, yeah…. I’m still having issues getting my more complex “weekend” posting done on this blog. I figured since I had instant inspiration for a photo post, and I neglected to do one on Wednesday, that I may as well continue my suddenly chaotic posting patterns just to keep you all on your toes. Well, that and today is my bizarro infamous Fake Anniversary which WordPress jubilantly likes to remind me of every May 26th even though I actually registered with them (and started this blog) on Christmas Eve 2011… so why not honor that faux occasion by running one of my features out of order?
OK…… so last night around 3:15 or so in the morning when most normal people are in bed, I was piddling around and stalling on getting my comic completed which was already a day late. You know, business as usual at The Nest this month. Since I am often distracted with all kinds of thoughts whenever I’m trying to do something, I got up from my desk and walked into my living room to give whatever I was thinking about a chance to percolate. As I often find myself doing when I go into my living room, I took a peek out the blinds. What in the hell I expected to see out on my street at that ungodly hour I have no idea, but habits are habitual, you know.
Only this time there actually was something going on…. or at least something running up my street. It had to be a cat….. no wait, it’s too big. It doesn’t really look like a dog…. what the heck is….
My shutterbug instinct kicked in and I raced to get my camera from the computer room. I grabbed the good one even though I had no idea how to work the flash (or even if it worked)… which turned out to be the right move anyway since I discovered after the fact that the battery in my 8 year old flash camera was deader than Keith Richards. I got back to the front door and opened it just in time to notice that whatever this critter was had made it to my driveway and was preparing to cut by the side of my house like all of the little hellions in my neighborhood do. Knowing it would probably be gone by the time I opened the screen door, I made sure to get one through its window first just in case.
Just as I was about to hit the flash button, I got flashed by two orangish colored eyes. The bastard had stopped to look at me! I got the picture off before he took off again, and……….. well, what would you expect a photo taken without a flash, outside at 3:15 in the morning to look like anyway?
All I could see was dark, darker and darkest on my little camera screen, so I figured my photo was a failure. I still uploaded it anyway because years of taking squirrel photos has more than taught me that you never know what you got until you can see it on a bigger screen. Click on that picture and view it at larger resolution…. then look closely at almost the dead center of the image. Not too close…. this is one of those photo quirks that disintegrates visually if you try to zoom in too much. But can you see it?
Here’s a cropped version of the center of this photo keeping my camera’s 4608 X 3456 resolution….
It may take you a while, but once you see it, you won’t miss it again! Hidden amidst was appears to be all the noise that accompanies photos taken in very low light is a pretty damned distinct animal face! Once you spot the white part between his nose and mouth, everything should come into relative focus. There’s its left eye… and right eye! You can even make out the whiskers on its muzzle! He was apparently STILL LOOKING DIRECTLY AT ME when I took the picture! My fucking
nestdom kingdom for a flash!!!
I ran this through pretty much every filter and adjustment thingie I have on my six year old version of Photoshop trying to see if I could get a clear enough image to identify WHAT this late night visitor was.
This image is with the contrast turned up to the max… and you don’t even need to click to enlarge that photo to make out the spooky looking critter face! It’s right there in plain view. Also somewhat highlighted is the rest of its body… thought still not enough for me to make an positive identification anyway. That is definitely not a cat, or a dog or even a possum. It’s not quite raccoon looking…. especially since there doesn’t appear to be any signs of its trademark eye mask. I’m not sure what other kinds of critters we have running around here that it could be….. but I sure am intrigued. If anyone can make a more educated guess than me at ID’ing this mystery trespasser, PLEASE leave your thoughts in the comments!
One thing I can say for sure…. creepy photo or not, the damned thing looks awfully cute!