Signs that it is almost Autumn and that i am a complete geek with no interesting life whatsoever

Guess what happened to me while wandering around in the wee hours of a few nights ago, looking for interesting photographs for my other blog?

I saw something move out of the corner of my eye, and, thinking it was a cat, i promptly turned to say hello.... and came face to face [or side to back] with one of the largest, most beautiful skunks i have ever seen.

What struck me most about this critter [other than the fact that i was allowed to get so close without being sprayed], was the width of its central white stripe, which spilled over to the sides of its body. It was so busy getting an early start on the winter den digging ritual that i honestly don't think it noticed me, because, as you will see in the following pictures, i got well within the 15 foot spray span that a skunk is capable of.

Close encounters of the first kind

 

Close encounters of the second kind

 

Close encounters of the completely insane kind