Photo of the Day Contest
Rocky by Stephen Oachs
Tuesday, 25th August 2009


by Stephen Oachs

This young North American raccoon (Procyon lotor) is peeking out at the intruder holding the camera, completely oblivious to the temperatures of Montana in January. Considering his very dense undercoat, he doesn't care how cold it is, however, being nocturnal by nature, he probably isn't too happy to have his slumber disturbed. Fortunately, at the moment this photograph was captured, he was bright-eyed, very curious, and making direct eye contact.
Equipment: Canon 1D Mark III
Stephen Oachs
Stephen W. Oachs is an award-winning photographer, successful entrepreneur and technology veteran, who began his journey in photography the moment he picked up his first SLR camera. Ever since, his lenses have focused on the inspiring majesty of mother earth and the unflinching beauty of the animal kingdom. Completely self-taught, Stephen's unique and distinctive style has earned him recognition as one of today's finest nature photographers. He was recognized in 2007 as wildlife photographer of the year by the National Wildlife Federation and was awarded best nature photographer in 2008 by National Geographic Magazine for his work photographing the endangered snow leopard. Stephen has received many other awards and his work has graced the pages of on and offline publications worldwide, such as National Geographic, Popular Photography, Outdoor Photographer, National Wildlife Magazine and many others. Whether trekking through the wilds of Alaska, enduring the raw challenges of nature or experiencing the thrill of life on the edge, Stephen captures rare and breathtaking moments of light and time. His exceptional eye is filtered only by his passion for life, deep affinity with nature and love of adventure.
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Rocky by Stephen Oachs was photo of the day on Tuesday, 25th August 2009. It is tagged , . You can leave a comment below.


Katherine Lee Strassburg

25th August 2009 at 1:51 am

What a beautiful portrait of such a common creature.
I love the glint in his eyes–raccoons are known for their mischievousness! A perfect shot of a critter in his own element……….which you do oh, so well.

Leslie Parsley

25th August 2009 at 2:17 am

So sweet with that little paw resting on the edge and those curious little eyes staring out. I could walk thru the Rockies for a year and never see anything like this. Everything about this shot is perfect.

25th August 2009 at 3:43 am

Ohhh, sweet baby !


25th August 2009 at 8:02 am

Fantastic, everytime I look at your site I have hoped this was going to be a POTD, I just love him. The texture of the log, the pine needles and snow are great but Rocky is beautiful :) :)


25th August 2009 at 8:11 am

So cute!!!

25th August 2009 at 8:41 am

As ever stephen your shots have always that element of surprise. Great clear shots.

25th August 2009 at 8:45 am

What a sweet little guy! Not so common here in Europe, this shot is very appreciated!

25th August 2009 at 9:22 am

Absolutely lovely; this would make a great painting.

Catrin Hinrichs

25th August 2009 at 9:23 am

Hello again – it’s summer time !


25th August 2009 at 10:34 am

So sweet! I loved him “at first sight”… :)
Congrats on your POTD, Stephen. You did it once again!

25th August 2009 at 1:16 pm

Its so cute Stephen. Nice shot!

Marjorie Wallce

25th August 2009 at 2:03 pm

Great Capture! Just perfect coming out of the log.


25th August 2009 at 2:18 pm



25th August 2009 at 2:59 pm

Very cute! ;)

nikhil kumar

25th August 2009 at 4:00 pm!!!
I am just a student and still learning the art of photography along with my studies.Such shots just make you run for photography and leave everything else …Thank you for sharing sir


25th August 2009 at 4:15 pm

huge fan of your work stephen, another great shot!

sue gagnon

25th August 2009 at 5:27 pm

Stephen, you never cease to amaze me with your photographs, capturing candid, lovely shots of life in action. Excellent, as always! What a face this critter has!

25th August 2009 at 11:49 pm

He is nice.

26th August 2009 at 5:48 am

Yes out of a childs dream So Hobbit like

27th August 2009 at 2:50 am

Fabulous image. We don’t have racoons in Aus. but I think here you captured their “rebel” nature preferctly – the eyes say he is plotting the next adventure (or trouble).


27th August 2009 at 4:08 am

How cute! It definitely put a smile on my face!
Very well done!

28th August 2009 at 9:35 am

Outstanding! A perfect shot! Congratulations!!!

Cory Marder

17th December 2009 at 11:32 pm

What a fabulous wildlife photograph. I love everything about it! Great shot.


25th August 2010 at 2:53 pm

I like this shot, precious!

26th August 2010 at 1:26 am

Absolutely precious and adorable! Not a common sight for me!
Excellent subject, exposure, focus and composition!

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