Today I’m participating in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge and her theme is “nature animals”. I encourage you to click on each photo to see a larger view. If you like what you see, please subscribe to this blog to receive updates of the new photos I post, usually 3 to 5 times a week.

While spending a few days in Virginia, we visited the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News, which features a lot of animals you find in Virginia. Of course you can find some of these animals in other parts of the country, but it was nice to be able to see a few of them up close, which can be hard when you walk around in nature.

During our visit, we spotted a few deer. They’re very well camouflaged in their exhibit.

Deer camouflaged in leaves

Deer camouflaged in leaves

This one really knows the most intimate spot to take a nap while spying on the visitors.

Deer hiding between tree trunks

Deer hiding between tree trunks

We were lucky to see real deer during our trip, so I can’t complain about the unspectacular shots I got of these. 🙂

My kids saw a real beaver for the first time and they were very excited. The only time I’ve seen a beaver before was when I lived in Connecticut. There was a park with a pond at the bottom of the hill where I lived, and the beaver couple that lived there would build a dam and a lodge on a regular basis, until the town took it down. This beaver wouldn’t stop swimming, getting out of the water, and going swimming again, so it was very hard to take a good picture of him.

Beaver swimming in the water

Beaver swimming in the water

Finally my kids got a chance to also see a raccoon for the first time. We do have raccoons here but they’re nocturnal so encounters are rare. The only raccoons we’ve seen are the road kill in the morning on our way to school. It was nice to see a live and healthy raccoon during our visit. Isn’t he cute? Every time I see a raccoon, it reminds me of the movie Elf. “Does someone need a hug?”

Raccoon standing still

Raccoon standing still

Close-up of a raccoon's head

Close-up of a raccoon’s head




About Milka Pejovic

I'm a freelance writer, artist and photographer. I write mostly for business, not enough for pleasure, and I take a lot of pictures of the world around me.

8 responses »

  1. Carrie Rubin says:

    We had a limping raccoon in our backyard for three days in a row. As you mention, it’s rare to see them during the day other than as roadkill, but it was probably due to his injury. My husband was about to call animal control–we worried the poor thing came into our yard to die–but then he disappeared. Not sure what happened to him. 😦

  2. Cee Neuner says:

    Milka, you have got some wonderful photos for this week’s challenge. Thanks for playing.

  3. Amy says:

    Lovely, fun post of these animals!

  4. Tina Schell says:

    Fun shot Milka – sounds like your kids had a ball. Not a fan of raccoons I must admit – they’re quite prevalent pests around here!

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