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Little furry ball of curiosity

By on June 26, 2021 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments

By Karen Eadie 

I live in Valleyhi on Blewett Pass, backed up to 40 acres of undeveloped forest, so we occasionally get raccoons wandering through our property. 

This was one of two baby raccoons. 

When my husband walked out of the house to the shop, it spooked them, so they went scrambling up the tree. 

My husband came back inside and told me they were up the fir tree, so I grabbed my camera and stood under the tree, trying to get their picture as they crawled over each other, and in and around in the branches. 

Baby raccoons are always very curious. I’m not sure where mother raccoon was. I didn’t see her. 

I used the on-camera flash, which at that distance is enough to light the subjects but not blind them. 

I took pictures for about five to six minutes, then went back inside to let them come down and go on their way.

Karen’s photo of the baby raccoon was one of the winners of the 2021 Cascadia Conservation District photo contest that combines  

appreciation for the environment with the artistic talent of local      photographers. 

The 2022 photo contest is open to all residents and visitors who share an appreciation for the natural beauty of Chelan County. 

Photo entries are accepted in six categories including plants, wildlife, agriculture, recreation, landscapes, and water. Two winning photos from each category will be chosen for inclusion in the 2022 stewardship calendar. 

Submit photo at cascadiacd.org by Oct. 1.

For additional information contact Cascadia’s Education and Outreach specialist, Amanda Newell, at 


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