Friday, February 02, 2007

Photo Hunters: Gross



Blame Flickr. OK, blame the cats, too, and global warming. I have put this photo underneath the text so that if you are queasy, you can leave now and not look.

It's been a warm winter as we all know. In November, about Thanksgiving time, I was furiously looking for bugs on which to practice macro photography. I have a Flickr account and wanted The Great Shot. But there were no bugs! It was too warm for snow, but was cold enough for all the bugs outside to disappear. I left the house to go hunting for anything interesting to shoot. I immediately stumbled upon what I find all spring, summer and fall: a dead shrew near my car. My Buddy cat always arranges his kills around my car in the garage (so I will be sure to find them and enjoy mouse stew?). If not for global warming, the poor shrew would have been safe in its burrow underground and Buddy would never have gifted him to me.

When Buddy presents his kills to me I praise and thank him. But he was out hunting again. So I ignored the dead body and continued on my own hunt for photos. I found nothing.

But there was that dead shrew in the garage . . .


If you want to see more, click on the photo to see it full size.

I never posted the photo on Flickr. Family members told me I had "gone 'round the bend." Happy Blogging and thank you for visiting!

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54 comments:

  1. Gross but so is life. My photo isn't up yet but it will be gross too.

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  2. Now that it is gross. But as Sarala says that is life.

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  3. Indeed gross!

    I will Exercise for Comments!
    Sunflower

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  4. Eww, but I guess a present is a present, is it not??

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  5. Mom says that's gross. I'm not so sure!

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  6. My oldest cat likes to leave us things too, but he would put them in shoes or bags for us to find later. I'll never forget when we lived out in a farmhouse and he left a mouse in my oldest daughter's case she used to go to sleep overs, it had been a while since she used it and she found a semi dehydrated mouse.

    :-)

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  7. Poor little mouse ! I also get gifts like this, but alive !
    Nobody can comment today "wonderful picture or beautiful picture" he, he ! We have to copy and paste something like "disgusting" !
    But .... your picture is really beautiful !

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  8. EWE, and double EWE! Well, at least I am not hurling! I am doing much better than I thought I would! lol Sweet cat, at least he keeps his gifts outside! lol

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  9. at least its not another pic of dog poo *lol* :)

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  10. Not the best surprise to find waiting for you... Definitely gross!

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  11. My father's cat Big Flap (please don't ask) used to play headless mice at his feet all the time.
    Well, I give it a big eeeeew, but the to the kitties it's their way of saying "I love you."
    Happy Saturday my dear,
    Frances

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  12. Oh, gross indeed!! I remember when I had a cat and he would bring home all of his "treasures" like this!!

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  13. That's gross alright. Poor shrew. I guess it was his time to go. I never had a cat before and I find it interesting how a cat likes bring home his "prized possessions."

    Thanks for visiting.

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  14. Wow that is an impressive kill. Your kitty must love you a whole lot to leave you such a present. I had a friend whose kitty brought home a bird for his owner. Problem was - it was only 1/2 dead and proceeded to fly pathetically around this woman's home.

    Great job with "gross!"

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  15. Oh my goodness.. how nasty gross!

    Mine is up too.

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  16. Hope I can get that image out of my mind now...gross for sure.

    Take care,
    Connie
    My photo is up.

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  17. Ewwww... such a gross present! And - double Ewwww - I´ve clicked on the picture... =)

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  18. My imagination is running wild right now....but the photo isn't as gross as the dead odor I can now smell.

    Can you smell it? GROSS

    Mine's posted

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  19. Oh the horror! I can't look anymore.

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  20. too bad this computer thingy is not scratch and sniff, huh?

    smiles, bee

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  21. Ok this is the grosses thing I have seen so far! Glad my cats don't go out and bring me things like this. The most they do for me is wash my hair ties in their water bowls!

    Thanks for stopping by and grossing out on my fly! Have a super Saturday!

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  22. The only good shrew is a dead shrew? Perhaps your kitty has been reading Shakespeare.... The Taming of the Shrew? Or perhaps the critter that ate two bags of dog biscuits in one month here is in fact a shrew rather than a roof rat... I just can't get a close enough look at them.
    Now this would be gross if I were barefooted.

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  23. Poor little guy. My cat brings me mice and birds.

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  24. Aw, poor fella. I see dead animals on the road every single day and it never fails to gross me out.

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  25. Hmmmm. My Mommie says this is gross. I think it is very interesting. Wait a minute, I want to look at it some more....

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  26. Awwwwwwww... poor little baby possum. :(

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  27. Oh well, such is life! Pretty gross shot. Thanks for visiting.

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  28. Ewwwww! I hate them critters! That would be gross.

    Thanks for stopping by.

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  29. I think shrews are neat. They are insectivores and in one day can often eat their weight in insects because of their high metabolism weight.
    Plus, they are much nastier to kill than a mouse or vole because of their teeth and carnivorous habits.
    Your kitty must be very brave!

    This was a good GROSS picture!
    mo
    It’s A Blog Eat Blog World

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  30. oh I feel bad for the little guy. I think they are neat and cute also... Great theme, but I still feel so sorry for the little guy!

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  31. Hm, pretty gross. Thanks for visiting my photo.

    (P.S. Toothpaste is safe and should not cause corrosion like that. It's because of the cheap metal and lack of proper finish on the faucet.)

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  32. Ok so I find gross interesting.
    I looked at the photo and I thought... That looks like a shrew! Of course I then saw your label of it.
    I have never seen a real shrew before! I have only seen the cartoon one in The Secret of Nimh.
    I know it is dead and all, but it IS cool!

    mine is up

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  33. I would be grossed out every day find the kitty treasures! EWWWWWW! I've got my first SPH up. Check it out!

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  34. Ewwwww!!! Gross! Gross!! So far in my travels thru the land of Gross you win the grossest prize!!! I think I lost my breakfast - ewww, double gross, lol. I think we all have been thought of "going around the bend" in our ventures of getting the photos for this week.

    Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend,

    Betty :)

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  35. awww, poor lil mole!

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  36. Gross indeed, well I guess it's a good thing you didn't step on it and have it squirt out its' insides.
    :)
    Great entry

    H/H
    Happy Hunting

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  37. Ewwww, that's definitely gross.

    Thanks for stopping by mine.

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  38. Oh the poor shrew! it died whilst being tamed! I certainly dont want to make it bigger!lol!
    On mine i am afraid you were wrong! it wasn't blood it was vodka dyed red in a catheter bag!lol!

    Claire xxx

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  39. Is THAT a mousie? I've never seen one up close like that ... Eeewww.
    DMM

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  40. VERY gross! My husband had a Great Dane that would do the same thing with moles, I think they're the same type of animal. Only hubby's dog would first bit their head off. GROSS!!!!
    My very first Photo Hunt is up HERE stop by if you can!

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  41. Oh Lordy, that is disgusting! LOL....you win hands down today. No contest!

    Mine's up...

    Happy Saturday!

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  42. Eew, a dead shrew! Yuk, gross alright!

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  43. Ew! Pretty gross. I don't think I could bring myself to praise the dog for that, even if he did mean well. :)

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  44. Poor fella!

    Thanks for stopping by mine :)

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  45. Gross!

    Hey you have to do what you have to do. Considering the theme it so fits in. Maybe we all can have a more fun time next week.

    Thanks for stopping by mine.

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  46. Oh wow, this is perfect for gross!! EWww -

    Flickr is AWESOME for photos! I love Flickr!

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  47. Thanks for visiting my picture and thanks for alerting me that my profile was not up to date. I began a blogger blog, but switched platforms. I have now added my current URL to my profile so that it should be easier to get to, I hadn't thought about that before! Hopefully this should be better. Thanks again for the heads up!!

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  48. at least it was in your garage and not your house!

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  49. Gross!! I only took a quick look at it, eeek!

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