What, may you ask would be the interesting connection and story between a bull and a bat? In this case, nothing, except that they are the only two things I took pictures of on this day a few weeks ago. The bull that I saw somehow seemed to me to be an exemplary example of prime USA beef. Can’t quite decide what gave me this idea…
I saw the bull while driving my country roads, and it seemed such a bullish bull that I stopped for a photograph. The writing on the wall (it was so large that it seemed like a veritable wall of beef) proclaimed it for what it was, and helped to make the image.
Later that day I was at home, and my neighbor excitedly came over. He had come to the aid of another neighbor to capture a problem bat that was living in an attic and making it a little too fragrant. He thought I would be excited to take a few photographs as they worked on a relocation project, and he was correct. (I don’t know if the bat has since returned.)
I’d never seen a bat especially close up, so it was rather interesting to explore it while it was briefly held captive. I don’t especially enjoy taking photographs of captive animals (and will always declare if a subject is in the wild, or captured when displaying said pictures), but not having any images of bats, jumped at my opportunity to explore one of these alien creatures.
Their structure is so different from other animals that I have seen… That is, while everything seems to be in the right place, the shape and scale of each of the pieces is different than what I am used to. The thumb with its nail coming out of the bend in their leathery wings for example, the textured snout…
After taking a few more pictures, my friend, who is a field biologist, placed the bat into a darkened transport to take it to its new home at dusk. (He didn’t want to release it in the middle of the day when it might present a target to predators.)