“Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way.”
- John Muir
The wildlife in these photographs live not on protected lands, but in the green spaces amidst the suburban sprawl and in our own "backyards". These photographs are not contrived, they are taken in their natural environments and the animals are left alone to feed, forage, frolic, and survive. The well-being of the wildlife always comes first and is never compromised, the animals are not fed, baited, nor harmed. These images are shared to promote awareness of, appreciation for, and coexistence with the local wildlife with whom we share our environments, to encourage a wonder of nature, and for your enjoyment.
This little opossum was out eating grubs and such on the golf course on a warmish late winter day taking care of some pest control. Though not the cutest of creatures, opossums are totally chill animals and are actually pretty cool, beneficial to have around and a little bad ass. They are the only marsupials in North America. They have prehensile tails and opposable thumbs. They’re good at pest control, they eat insects, spiders, cockroaches, mice, grubs and load of ticks. They even actually eat poisonous snakes as they are mainly immune to venom. When frightened they usually “play dead” or actually faint, a reaction to stress. Like other marsupials, males are called “jacks”, females are called “jills”, babies are called “joeys”, and a group of opossums is called a passel. There you have it in a nutshell. Opossums are badass.