Saturday, June 23, 2007

Some don't brake for wildlife

I never thought I'd be the one to jump out of my car to check out some roadkill. One of my co-workers has a collection of roadkill photographs. I wonder if his girlfriend has ever stumbled upon that photo album. Eek! One of my bosses has a dead hawk in his freezer that he found. The hawk was swooping down to catch a bird (which it got and was still in its talons) and was hit by a car. A husband of another coworker has found 2 bobcat roadkills. One bobcat he picked up was on a pretty major highway. Since bobcats are endangered, he gave it to the fish and wildlife folks who did a "necroscopy" on it and took some dna. I don't think there will ever come a day when I will be up at these levels of ick. But I will stop if I think something might be alive and just trying to cross the road. This local water snake was not so fortunate. After helping a spotted turtle cross the road and finding this guy, I have been known to stop for rocks and other animal shaped debris.

Then at my local supermarket, I stumbled upon this large sphinx moth. It was already smushed and I was getting my cell phone camera settings all set. I was standing like a foot away and this moth is big...like the size of my palm. Wouldn't you know it, but some oblivious middle aged woman comes down the aisle with her cart, nearly runs it over and missed stepping on it by an inch. She never saw nor it seemed interested that I was fumbling with my cell phone in the middle of the aisle.




6 comments:

lioux said...

What was the water snake doing outside of the water?

Colleen said...

Was that you...or da snake?

Kartek said...

It was after a big rain and water snakes roam out of the water. I saw 5 water snakes this past weekend at the Great Swamp.

Jules said...

Can we back up a minute? You know someone that has a HAWK in his freezer???????????

Kartek said...

Oh yeah. And he's brought the hawk in for show and tell a few years back. It was actually in good shape...not gross. I would bet he still has it.

Jules said...

That is disgusting. Can't he just take a picture? asjdfladjfkaf yuck