Howdy everyone!  It seems the world is under a bit of stress as of a late that quite frankly is making everyone batshit crazy.  I was thinking to myself that the world just needs to relax a bit, take a deep breath and get their vitals back under control. It’s times like this the US.. if not the world, should be coming together.  Instead we have the lamestream media lathering everyone up and politicians using the virus as a soapbox for whatever ax they feel they need to grind.  If only we took this much national interest in stopping childhood cancer or helping veterans integrate back into our communities – but we don’t.  Instead we run around calling everyone a racist if they call out Wuhan while being perfectly okay with Ebola.  Toilet paper may be in short supply, but stupidity appears to be in abundance.  I feel sorry for those on the front lines – the doctors willing to risk exposure to alleviate the symptoms of others, the truckers who drive tirelessly to deliver TP and other essentials to our local stores, the retail clerks who put the product on the shelves and those who continue to make product to keep society going.  Countless others of course making it happen – to those I salute you.

Decided we need something to cheer us all up.  So, for the next couple of posts I’m going to focus on things that will hopefully put a smile on your face and maybe warm your heart a bit.  Not much, but at this point – maybe every little bit helps.  Will probably be light on words, but heavy on cute things like …

Bunny at Clinton Lake, June 2014

There, any chance that made you smile … just a bit.  That’s a Clinton Lake IL Bunny and I just want to grab it up and cuddle it.  Although, before I did that I’d take that nasty tick off it (just below the ear in the neckline).  Thought I’d point that out in case Ron saw it without warning and he jolted back in terror – not a fan of ticks that Ron ha!

IL Bunnies, not your thing?  Well, how about a Rocky Mountain National Park Bunny!?!

Bunny taken at Rocky Mountain Park, Estes Park, CO May 2014

Hit the jump, there might a few more smiles under there!

A little rougher than your Clinton variety, but you have to be a bit gruff to brave the elevation, bitter winter months and enough predators to fill this entire blog.  Something about those big coal black eyes that make you melt.

Hmmm, maybe the Rocky Bunnies are too rustic for ya’.  How about the sophisticated variety.

Bunny at Biltmore, Ashville North Carolina, May 2014

That aristocrat looking Bunny comes to you courtesy of the Biltmore Mansion in Asheville, North Carolina.  Pretty sure it asked me if I had any Grey Poupon while I was taking its picture.  In the middle of the shoot it announced it had leave to go get the daily rub down and pedicure.

Let’s see what the smaller furries do for you.

Ground Squirrel taken at Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, CO, May 2014

Go ahead, give it a virtual pet, it will surely calm some of that stress that’s building up from glances at the TV.  Now, I am not an expert by any means on these little creatures.  There are so many of them with very small distinguishing features.  Normally I just take a few shots, call it a Ground Squirrel or a Chipmunk and move along.  However, in this case I saw an additional angle in the queue.

Ground Squirrel taken at Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, CO, May 2014

From what I can tell, the white strip bordered by deep black lines possibly put this specimen in the Golden-Mantled Ground Squirrel family.  Totally open to being wrong on that, in which case I’ll gladly accept Ground Squirrel or Chipmunk.

You know who doesn’t fear a coronavirus – correct, a Honey Badger, cuz a Honey Badger don’t take shit from anything (link here).  Guess, what, their cousins in Yellowstone National Park don’t fear a Wuhan virus either!  Just look at that fierce take no shit stance.

Badger found in Yellowstone National Park

It has just occurred to me that nasty look may have been directed at me.  You know my principle to wildlife photography – always take someone with you that is SLOWER hehehe.

Word has gotten to this White-Tailed Deer that you may not have smiled one single time yet.   This has upset Mrs. Deer greatly.

White-Tailed Deer taken at Chain O' Lakes State Park, Spring Grove in August 2013

Wanna know what our spunky Deer thinks of your case of the blues… I’ll show ya’!

White-Tailed Deer taken at Chain O' Lakes State Park, Spring Grove in August 2013

That’s right, our White-Taileds laugh at people who can’t appreciate a good joke.  You better laugh or it’s going to add some tail raising…and NONE of us want that!

Whoa, sorry about that, thought this was a White-Tailed – in reality, it is a Giraffe.

White-Tailed Deer taken at Chain O' Lakes State Park, Spring Grove in August 2013

Okay folks, I’ve tried my best to bring a little sunshine to your day.  Not sure what else I can do … wait, wait… I think I have just the thing

Seal taken at Shed's Aquarium, Chicago IL

If a Seal blowing you a kiss doesn’t melt the stress away, I don’t know what I can do.  It’s got cute little ears, big black eyes, wispy whiskers and flippers.   Shot this while visiting Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.  Guessing this ham might be the one who’s sad now that Shedd is closed through the end of the month.  Something tells me this Seal likes the attention … or maybe it’s just the fish.

Feeling any better now!?!  If not, please check back in a few days and I’ll take another go at it. Until then, wash those hands, try to keep a safe distance from crowds and for god’s sake, avoid twerking on the Florida beaches – it just frightens the hell out of the Dolphins.


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