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In Art Watercolor Gallery, Wild Things on July 8, 2017 at 3:01 pm

watercolor 7/2017

Raccoon is a lot of different things to a lot of people. Probably one thing that all would agree is that they ‘get into things.’ They are so curious and resourceful. Years ago I lived in a huge old house in the middle of downtown Mountain View California built in 1906. It was on a big piece of property with a full size barn in back of the house. Located on the large back porch was an enclosed single toilet and a laundry room. There were the resident raccoons and opossums who knew no boundaries and in the middle of the city. My family of raccoons used to periodically raid the bag of dog kibble stored in the laundry room. Then, as it is their habit to clean their food, they would wash the kibble off in the toilet. So resourceful. We coexisted….like I always do with the wild things. My son dug a fish pond in the yard and installed Koi. What was I thinking? The raccoons helped themselves and ….no more Koi. Living with others does not always meet all your needs and expectations now does it.

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  1. So beautiful. Your work speaks to my heart. I love wild things and agree that it is possible to co-exist. ❤

    • Thank you from a kindred lover of animals. So far no wild things have shown up here at my new San Jose residence but I had a sweet close encounter with two deer during my Guadalupe Park walk. They allowed me to stare into their eyes for a long time before they moved back into the bush. Very restorative.

  2. They are resourceful and persistent especially with youngsters
    lovely art with great post

  3. I love watching the raccoons in our neighborhood – they’re definitely resourceful little guys.

  4. I didn’t know that raccoons clean their food! That’s pretty funny since they like to raid garbage cans for food! Really beautiful painting, too!

    • Yes….from the human perspective washing garbage is strange. I’m not so much a researcher and gatherer of facts but rather an observer. So I don’t know why the raccoons wash their eddibles. If you find the answer please let me know. Perhaps I will investigate myself.

  5. Reblogged this on THE BeZINE and commented:
    Gretchen’s art and a little story of animal neighbors. Enjoy!

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