Precarious Encounter – A True Story

The story goes like this:

Bill was doing field work this spring by the water and heard a rustling in the brush.  A little skunk passed him and went into the underbrush.  A few minutes later he came out of the underbrush and Bill started taking pictures.  The skunk is only a few feet away.

Bill’s first shot is a little blurry.  I can certainly understand why.

The little guy still does not see Bill standing right in front of him.

He’s headed right for Bill’s foot.

Can you believe he still doesn’t see Bill?!

Here he comes.

His nose is right on Bill’s foot.

After this picture ——-he see’s Bill!     ——-Drum roll please————————

NOW the skunk see Bill’s foot!  (At this point, Bill thought it would be in his best interest to stop taking pictures.)

Then the skunk looks up —–fur stands up —– tail turns to the side ——–

And then relaxing ——it was as if he said, “Oh, Bill — you scared me — I didn’t know it was you.”

Bill starts taking pictures again and two old friends go their separate ways.   🙂

Going —



The End.  And we’re glad it was a happy one.



11 Responses to Precarious Encounter – A True Story

  1. Matthew Steilberg says:

    The frame where that tail rises up would have scared me just a bit!

  2. Robert Elliott says:

    Wow, that was a scary approach I’m sure. I’m glad he didn’t “perfume” you!

    Robert Elliott

  3. Teresa Williamson says:

    I love it. Will you be doing a picture of the skunk?

    • Theresa says:

      Hi Teresa,

      I never know for sure what Bill will do. Just when I think he would never paint something (like the skunk) — he paints it.

      Time will tell.

  4. Kelly says:

    What a will of iron! I love creatures (even bugs and snakes) and love observing them… but I don’t think I would have had the fortitude to stick around to see what a skunk would do! Such a great story…

    • Theresa says:

      Kelly, it wasn’t so much having a will of iron, as it was being afraid he’d get “skunked” if he moved. 🙂
      It was quite an experience!

  5. Toni Brock says:

    What a wonderful story. I laughed out loud with the narrative 🙂 “oh Bill you scared me”. I am so glad Bill took pictures as skunks are so adorable.

  6. Tracy Hall says:

    Me and Brandon got a big laugh out of this.good thing uncle Bill didn’t get pushed

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