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Erethizon dorsatum

Erethizon dorsatum
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-16
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-31 14:54
Viewed: 2622
Points: 14
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My suggestion at the demise of this character is fight with another bigger "thing'. Perhaps a cougar? Mercury Cougar that is...or perhaps a creature with a bigger budget, a jaguar!!!

Now I say this because it is only 3 feet from the side of a paved road...but a question. Either there is a real mountain lion who just wanted it's head and is now full of quills or a car is disabled with a flat tire just down the road. I do not know. I do know all of it's usable quills are missing....and I do know that this area I live in is full of old hippie bead makers....see what they do is toss an old blanket over it and quickly pull off along with quills, then use said for their beading...it's quite the in thing among 70 year old hemp lovers. Really!

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Ciao Bob, great capture of cute creature, wonderful detailsand splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • livius Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 300 W: 0 N: 391] (1525)
  • [2010-08-31 23:06]

Hello Bob
veramente un'insolita cattura con un meraviglioso dettaglio ed ottime sfumature di colore.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-09-01 2:59]

Hi Bob,a very strange pic ,very very interesting!!And the usual perfect quality,great focus and sharpness..i like a lot your funny note too,despite your 70 years you have not lost their sense of humor..ehehe...thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Namastay Bob,
A nice capture of this dead porcupine. Yes it looks like it had a terrible fight and atlast gave up. Nice composition and details. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-09-01 11:43]

Looks like a dead or very worried Porcupine that has spent all its quills.
Whatever, the shot makes a nice pattern on my screen and as it certainly has a natural origin that good enough for me but the root cause keeps me wondering, 70-year-old hippies or not.
You keep us all wondering Bob!

Hi Robert,

The animal is well placed in the frame. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the north american porcupine. The afternoon light has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.


You are a great story teller, Bob, and this makes the photo so much more interesting. Tell me, what will happen to this poor porcupine without all its protective quills? Do they grow back in again?

A couple of centuries ago the bards might have pinched the quills - how times change :))

Greetings from a wee Scot in exile, Amelia

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