Monday, April 30, 2012

Grody Fascinating

I have a fascination for things that some people apparently find gross or disturbing or unappetizing or smelly or awkward or impolite.

 Like, all things gastro-intestinal. Like, big spiders. Cool bugs. Snakes, lizards, frogs, banana slugs. Decomposing vertebrates on the beach. Bodies: The Exhibit. Taboo body functions. Supportive communities for stigmatized activities.

So when we swerved around this former raccoon over the weekend, I nearly rolled out of the car with camera in hand before we'd even come to a complete stop. I've seen plenty of roadkill and ravens, but I've never seen a turkey vulture so close before. They're not particularly attractive in flight, and even less attractive in person. This one looks like he's wearing a black sleeveless turtleneck, but it turns out that's just the way they're colored.

Man that is one cool, ugly mother.

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