Friday, August 10, 2007

Gopher It, Dude!

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When I first got my urban garden, it was buried under garbage and riddled with tunnels. Having lived in Baltimore for years, I naturally assumed that the place was crawling with rats. "Oh well," I though, "if they don't bother me, I won't bother them, either."

But I never met the neighbors. I would occasionally hear some scrabbling in the compost pile, and think "if you are going to compost in West Oakland, you had better expect some rats. At least they help break things down, and leave behind fertilizer."

Imagine my surprise, when after a year, I finally spotted this guy. I think he is a pocket gopher. From what I've read, he's a solitary creature. He doesn't seem to be doing any harm.

When I showed this photo to Robb, he laughed uncontrollably.

Robb appreciates a tough, funny vegetarian, after all!

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

You are truly an amazing photographer! Oscar Bear just love fury little fellows like this gopher.

Your Humble Servant,
OBJuan

Anonymous said...

Lisa...this photo is incredible!!! When will you just stuff all that scenic stuff and just go work for National Geographic?!?? Thanks for sharing..

Hey girl, you are going to miss my Bon Voyage to New York party....

LW PhD
"Nice Counts"

ericaflory said...

he is too cute! when did he last see the dentist tho?

Anonymous said...

Hm, someone needs a hankie, too...

Gadabout XX

Anonymous said...

You totally rock. If bigfoot walked past you, you actually would have your camera ready.

xo,
Martha

Anonymous said...

Dude, that is so funny! I bet the little guy and his big teeth would like to request certain vegetables for you to grow for him/her to dine on. Better get on it right away! I bet gophers like melons best of all, that what they chewed on in my garden in Michigan.

Annalisa

PS- Bring him home to the cats!

Eclipse said...

i don't know how you do it but i wish i did! another fantastic picture :D nice one! ever submitted any of your pictures to cuteoverload.com? they'd love you :)

Mom said...

A gopher in the garden with an authenticating amazing photo as well! Incredible, but another example of why we all love your blog.

There was a red fox in my back yard last week, but, alas, no nearby camera.

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