Wednesday, February 4, 2009

What the heck??

Along the trail to Wildcat Canyon, we see a snow-covered, fallen log with this tail atop it. Jon said it was the left-behind tail of a raccoon that something had eaten for dinner. Who put that there???

I said he should pull on the tail and see if a really angry raccoon popped out of the snow!

He declined. Go figure . . .



Julie asked about the history of the name Starved Rock. Direct from the Illinois DNR web site:

"Starved Rock State Park derives its name from a Native American legend of injustice and retribution. In the 1760s, Pontiac, chief of the Ottawa tribe upriver from here, was slain by an Illiniwek while attending a tribal council in southern Illinois. According to the legend, during one of the battles that subsequently occurred to avenge his killing, a band of Illiniwek, under attack by a band of Potawatomi (allies of the Ottawa), sought refuge atop a 125-foot sandstone butte. The Ottawa and Potawatomi surrounded the bluff and held their ground until the hapless Illiniwek died of starvation- giving rise to the name “Starved Rock.”

A little ironic, to read this history, and find all that is left of a raccoon is his tail....hmmmmmm.

21 comments:

  1. I bet there was something attached to that tail! Nobody volunteered to pull it?? Chickens!! lol! Great find and wonderful picture!

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  2. I love it!! Great photo. It made me laugh and my grandaughter wanted to know what I was laughting at. Go try to explain it to a 3-year-old!!

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  3. What a strange thing to find! It made an interesting photo and story.

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  4. That's the money shot! Wonderful!

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  5. Hey, thanks for the info on the name of the park. Interesting story.

    Isn't that Daniel Boone's hat? or was it Davey Crockett?????????

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  6. What a great tail--er, tale! I don't think I would have pulled it either. (Whether or not it was alive, it wouldn't have been a pretty scene either way!!)

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  7. Me, I'd be tempted to pull on it. Sure is an intruguing photo!

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  8. I'd say that fits the theme well, nice!

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  9. Ha! Great find, I went to that park with my older cousins who had that hat- whoever's it was.

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  10. Too funny! That was a good catch. I think I would've passed on pulling the tail, too.

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  11. What a tale of a tail! Though, like finding the last page missing in a book, I am going to forever feel like someone should have pulled on that tail so I would know how things ended!

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  12. Lorri - that WAS the end! :-D

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  13. Would have to pull on it with a stick I think. Just to make sure! lol Fun photo for theme!

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  14. At first glance that's so funny...until you wonder what happened to the rest of the raccoon. I wouldn't have pulled it either! Nice shot for this theme.

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  15. What a great find. The name of the park reminds me of the Hungry Mother State Park in Virginia.

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  16. I'd leave that tail untouched, too. Funny picture!

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  17. That's a terrific shot! I would definitely have passed on pulling the tail!

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  18. Souns like a perverbial "Fish Story " to me. Great idea for this theme.

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  19. Ummm ..... either there is something still under that downed tree, or ... or....

    Great catch for a shot!

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  20. Funny shapshot! Maybe Daniel Boone was under there!

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  21. I've viewed your photo a few times and it makes me laugh over and over again - love it!

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