The first time I saw a wild porcupine I was totally awestruck! That was a couple of years ago after I moved to the Oregon Coast. To see such an extraordinary figure casually strolling along the dune grass was totally amazing! As it so often happens, I had no camera with me then, but ever since that first encounter I have been dreaming of photographing a porcupine. This morning I finally did!
Blanca and I had just finished our morning beach walk and were heading up the path to the car when she suddenly froze. Only then did I realize there was a porcupine a few feet from us munching peacefully on some fern!
Once again, I had no camera with me, but the porcupine was kind enough to wait while I drove home, dropped off Blanca, grabbed my zoom lens and returned! I spent about 20 minutes clambering through the wet bushes alongside the porcupine. He only took brief notice when I moved and then would simply turn his backside towards me and otherwise ignored me.
The North American porcupine is a large rodent that ranges from Alaska to northern Mexico. They are relatively long-lived, up to 30 years, and live solitary lives. They are near-sighted, slow-moving and mostly active at night. They rely on their quills for an effective defense and also have a strong warning odor (although I did not smell anything). [Wikipedia]
Happy New Year everybody!
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