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Sometimes I think my Twitter feed is taunting me

Then I remember how gosh-darned photogenic stoats are. Of course, Twitter being Twitter, I couldn’t find the photo again when I went back to look for it.

But I found it in the real world. This photo was a runner up (boo!) in the junior category for Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013. Here’s the photo in glorious color, with a bit about the young man who took the picture. He will go far!


Comment from Brenda
Time: April 5, 2018, 11:04 pm

I agree he will go far. I wonder how many shots he has of the episode. I would love to see the whole lot!

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: April 5, 2018, 11:14 pm

One, is it wrong of me to look at that photo and think what a beautiful coat he would make? Hey, stoaty! What’s your fur like? Soft? Great!

Two, on the subect of twitter feeds, please follow:

He needs the followers or he is going to throw in the towel. It’s an excellent OTD in English History account. So, help the guy out and make him feel appreciated. TIA

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: April 6, 2018, 3:32 pm

That he took the time to wait for his shot says as much AS the shot.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: April 6, 2018, 3:40 pm

@Deborah HH
Good photographers are amazing. The patience and skill and outright cleverness sometimes. Which sadly seems to be lost on most people who don’t connect the pictures with what it took to get them.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: April 6, 2018, 3:47 pm

Crap, I looked at the photo that won that contest. Now I’m just sad and angry.

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: April 6, 2018, 4:22 pm

Not to mention that in the days of film cameras, pre-digital, there was a lag time between when you snapped the shutter and when you looked at the finished pic — either developed by yourself in your darkroom, or developed by the drugstore/camera shop. Now you can click, look at what you caught, and refine for the next shot. When there was that lag, you had to have a wide and deep range of experience to give you an idea what you were going to get when it printed.

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: April 6, 2018, 8:14 pm

I keep wondering how those stumpy legs gave stoats an evolutionary advantage. I mean, how do those legs get the guy away from a predator?

And the claws don’t look like they’d be good for digging either. And the flag on the tail that says “here I am”.

Maybe it’s the cuteness factor? The predator thinks “too cute to eat”?

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: April 6, 2018, 8:15 pm

I wonder, how can they jump so high with those little legs? I guess the power is all in the haunches.

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: April 6, 2018, 9:04 pm

My understanding of evolution is that mutant babies are born from time to time, and if their mutation is beneficial, they survive. So their babies have the mutation. And those babies do great, so the grand babies do great. And so on until the mutation is the norm. See giraffe.

Imagine a mutated stoat with long legs. Not just 1 leg, but all four, of course. It could run like a cheetah. And jump 10 feet on one bound. It would be the alpha stoat in the pack and breed all over the place.

Why didn’t the thing evolve correctly? It would still be cute too.

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: April 7, 2018, 10:25 am

A Hoverstoat?

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