Creature Of The Night

But I don’t wanna go to bed, Mommy! It’s only 2:45 in the morning!

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?

I’ll just tell my OCD to go get fucked…. and to check the oven again.

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.

Nope, nothing going on out here!

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?

Hey, who turned out the lights?

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….

What…. is…. that?

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.

Well, that brightened up all the static!

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!

I also don’t think it’s a Sasquatch…

One thing I can say for sure…. creepy photo or not, the damned thing looks awfully cute!


About evilsquirrel13

Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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31 Responses to Creature Of The Night

  1. Are you sure that’s not a raccoon? (lol…)

    • Wait…I think I spotted some slim legs…so now I’m thinking a young coyote(?) Oh, this is going to bug me for a minute. lol

      • I’ve heard of coyotes on the edges of town, but not around where I live. Every time I’ve come back to this, I see less and less of what I think I saw the first time, so maybe my imagination is just running away with me here….

  2. Ummm, is this a trick question?

  3. Merbear74 says:

    It’s a monkey! Yeah that’s what it is…

  4. Trisha says:

    Did you post this just to torment me about the failing sight in my aging eyes? I don’t see anything! And now that I’ve stared at the picture trying to see something, I can barely read words on my screen. Damn, getting old sucks.

    I hope it wasn’t a coyote or bobcat or anything else that would pose a threat to Pretty Kitty or Sewer Rat! My guess is Chupacabra. 😀

    • I think this is one of those things you have to not be trying to look for to see… and even at that, every time I’ve look at those pictures again since I’ve posted this, the “face” seems to look more and more like an illusion. The muzzle seems too real to be a trick of the eyes, but the rest of the stuff I saw looks more like just photo noise…

      I have not seen PK in a while, but Sewer Rat was at the door this morning, as he seems to be every morning when I come home from work now. I found out from a neighbor that Sewie’s apparently an accomplished squirrel hunter… which alleviates the fears from another poster that his belled collar would keep him from hunting his own food. Though I’m gonna have to teach him better!

      • Trisha says:

        Awww, Sewie. That’s a cute nickname. It reminds me of how we ended up with a cat named Junkie. When we moved here, there were two neighbor cats hanging around. My son (then 5-years-old) named one of them Health Food so we called the other one Junk Food. He ended up moving in with us and was forevermore known as Junkie. Sewie is a cuter nickname! I don’t approve of his squirrel killing ways though. Bad kitty!

        I hope Pretty Kitty charmed her way into someone’s house. She looked like such a sweet kitty.

  5. Quirky Girl says:

    That’s interesting… I don’t have any intelligent guesses, myself, but have you figured out what it was? 😯

  6. Just like me. I never get those wildlife pictures. Ever. But i have seen the glowing eyes and it was a bobcat. You live a bit close to town for a bobcat and anyway, their eyes glow green. So I’m betting on either a coyote — and yes, they DO live in towns … some in cities. Raccoon? They live everywhere and a big one can easily be the size of a dog. IF you live near a stream or other body of water: fisher (like a very BIG bobcat and they aren’t afraid of anyone or anything), muskrat (super huge rat that likes water).

    Or maybe a slithery monster from the deep who has come to scare the crap out of you.

  7. Not bobcat. Weasel. They look like a very big weasel and come in a variety of colors from dark red to nearly black.

    • Weasel may be the closest thing to what the face appears to look like! I’m not sure they get as big as what this critter looked like, but some critter from the weasel family seems like a definite possibility!

  8. ghostmmnc says:

    I thought it was a possum since you had photo of one up top there. Then, the next to last photo looks like a little fox. The last one is scary! Looks like an ugly gargoyle face! 🙂

    • I think I might see the “gargoyle” you saw in the last one! And it made me realize just how much of the face I do see appears to be more noise than signal. The two eyes I thought I’d made out definitely do not line up like they should for one thing…

  9. a koala bear?…. or maybe a cola bear? it could be helpful to conservate the batteries of a cam the same way like keith… it is still dead but also alive ;O)))

    • I will never forget the commercial one of our rock stations used to air on TV almost 30 years ago that mentioned the “old” age of certain rock stars they played. Then it showed Keith Richards and said “Deceased”…… with a just kidding added in after that. It’s funny, because people were making jokes about him being dead all those years ago, and he’s STILL with us now!

  10. draliman says:

    Wow. You should be a wildlife photographer or something. Heh heh.

    How far do you live from Area 51? ‘Cos I’m pretty sure that thing’s “not of this world”.

    • Only about 1600 miles from Area 51…. though Roswell’s a bit closer at about an even 1,000! Then again, we have enough toxic chemicals in the soil around here that we could very well be breeding out very own mutants.

  11. Creature from the black lagoon? You do have that “ditch” in your backyard that could be a breeding ground for heaven knows what. Looks raccoon-ish but you say it wasn’t……fox maybe? Is there a radiation leak anywhere near your house that could have caused some sort of mutant critter that likes to roam the neighborhood at night in search of people peeking out their shades????????


    • I was going by the fact that it didn’t seem to have the “mask” around its eyes, but I’ve now realized the eyes I saw are not as defined as they appeared to be… so raccoon may still be on the table. Radiation could very well be an issue here…. or at least all of the lead that was buried in a dump near downtown many years ago could possibly be causing strange creatures to form!

  12. franhunne4u says:

    My best guess is a marten.

    • I’m ashamed to say I had to look that up, but lo and behold, it’s a member of the weasel family… which does seem to be what the face looks like. This picture in particular looks like a fully lighted version of the face I see….

      • franhunne4u says:

        I had to look that up, too – I only know the German name for that, Marder. And since I have looked up Marder at least a dozen times you’d suspect I could by now memorize the name – but you’d be wrong.

  13. I am overwhelmed with cuteness.

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