Porcupines- my nemesis

Here in the Sandhills, some things are so rare, they are almost sacred.

Like a rock- you never find a rock in the ocean of sand particles here.

Or a tree. A tree is very hard to come by. The sandy, unfertile soil and major droughts do not suit young saplings to grow.

Reason #1 I strongly dislike (hate is a too strong a word) porcupines. They eat the bark off the few trees we have and the trees die. Of course, the weedy cedar trees, my other nemesis, are left untouched.

A porcupine suns himself in a cottonwood tree.  The very tree he will eat the bark of and kill eventually.

A porcupine suns himself in a cottonwood tree. The very tree he will eat the bark of and kill eventually.

Reason #2: I felt foolish after I ran back to the house after a walk at dusk. I had seen a porcupine ambling in the road ditch. By the time I got back with my .22 pistol, the sun had faded and man, was it dark.

I nearly took a shot at this.

At dusk, these bunches of little bluestem look JUST like a porcupine.

At dusk, these bunches of little bluestem look JUST like a porcupine.

I know, I know. In broad daylight, it looks like a pile of grass.

But at night, it tooks JUST like a porcupine.

Up in a tree, porcupines are easy targets. But in the dark and running through the grass, they are better camouflaged than I thought.

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One thought on “Porcupines- my nemesis

  1. Martha

    hee hee

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