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7-14-15  Mystery Photo 101Who do you think did not appreciate having their photograph taken and let me know in no uncertain terms? Please submit guesses as “comments”on this blog. Answer will be revealed in tomorrow’s post.

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56 responses

  1. Rob Anderegg


    July 14, 2015 at 7:10 am

  2. Alice Pratt

    Did a snake spit?

    July 14, 2015 at 7:16 am

  3. Dale Dailey


    July 14, 2015 at 7:19 am

  4. Renee Gustafson


    Sent from my iPad


    July 14, 2015 at 7:22 am

  5. Suzanne

    Baby bird – one squirting out the edge of the nest? (Unintentional – when ya gotta go, yea gotta go!)

    July 14, 2015 at 7:30 am

  6. Betsy Hawes

    A skunk?

    July 14, 2015 at 7:37 am

  7. Virginia I. Jenks

    A Skunk?


    July 14, 2015 at 7:40 am

  8. Cindy

    Yikes! I hope not bees. But that is my guess too. — Cindy

    July 14, 2015 at 7:40 am

  9. Sue Wetmore

    I guess we can rule out Spitting Cobra and I hope you weren’t that close to a skunk! That’s my guess.

    July 14, 2015 at 7:58 am

  10. Maria van Beuren

    a toad?

    July 14, 2015 at 7:59 am

  11. I’d guess a skunk

    July 14, 2015 at 8:00 am

  12. Tom Guglielmo

    I might be missing something here and have gone terribly astray but it looks to me like a birch tree peering out into this wondrous world and forgot to clean her glasses from the lichen that is starting to grow on them

    July 14, 2015 at 8:02 am

    • I am somebody who did not read the question!

      July 14, 2015 at 8:05 am

    • I like this answer. looks like the tree has eyes and a nose.

      July 14, 2015 at 12:55 pm

  13. kpmaxon

    Looks like somebody spat all over your glasses! Hmmm… Llama? Not likely. Did you get skunked?

    July 14, 2015 at 8:04 am

  14. Laurie Spry

    What a great mystery! I’m with the bees/skunk crowd but doubtful you can see skunk spray, AND you’d have to be pretty close to get such perfect little circles. Can’t wait for the answer….

    July 14, 2015 at 8:09 am

  15. Bill On The Hill...

    Hi Mary… I’m inclined to concur with the other’s guesses, looks like you may have attempted to get a little too friendly with a skunk.
    I hope you had plenty of tomato juice on hand, but most importantly, did you get the shot?

    When I think of it, I’ll leave you a shot of a skunk having a ” bad hair day ” down in my lower fields. I got within 20 feet of it & the tail never went up! In fact when I tried moving closer it dropped down into a chuck hole.
    Keep an eye on your E-Mail.

    July 14, 2015 at 8:11 am

  16. Sue Sauer

    A turtle?

    July 14, 2015 at 8:12 am

  17. Karen

    I’m going to guess a horn worm or a grasshopper . I don’t know … Just a guess

    July 14, 2015 at 8:14 am

  18. Mark Rahill

    Possibly a Bombardier Beetle ??

    July 14, 2015 at 8:21 am

  19. A stink bug is my guess

    July 14, 2015 at 8:22 am

  20. P.S. Whatever it was, it’s a good thing you had glasses on!

    July 14, 2015 at 8:25 am

  21. Treah

    My wild guess is a frog, leaping away in fright, shooting out a stream of water.

    July 14, 2015 at 8:26 am

  22. Kerry Ryer-Parke

    Bombardier beetle?

    July 14, 2015 at 8:35 am

  23. Micky McKinley

    could it be a grasshopper?

    July 14, 2015 at 8:36 am

  24. Bobbie Rausch

    Oh dear, I think you were skunked.

    July 14, 2015 at 8:44 am

  25. skunk

    July 14, 2015 at 8:49 am

  26. Edie

    Carpenter bees!

    July 14, 2015 at 8:53 am

  27. Jen Brown

    I’ll go out on a limb, and say a beaver? Did it splash muddy water on you with its tail? And if we saw the entire branch on which your glasses are sitting, would we see that it’s been chewed by a beaver too? Or maybe I’m reading too much into it, and you just got skunked!

    July 14, 2015 at 8:54 am

  28. George

    Bombardier Beetle – Do they live in Vermont?

    July 14, 2015 at 9:23 am

  29. Turtle.

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy Tab® S

    July 14, 2015 at 9:43 am

  30. Greg


    Hope it was not a skunk!

    Thanks for your great posts!

    July 14, 2015 at 9:44 am

  31. Peter Hollinger

    I’m also guessing Bombardier Beetle (Brachinus).

    July 14, 2015 at 9:45 am

  32. Joan C-C Oppenheimer


    July 14, 2015 at 9:47 am

  33. Diane

    Birch Borer?

    July 14, 2015 at 10:01 am

  34. is it a one-eyed tree stump or branch with specs laid across? beats me!

    July 14, 2015 at 10:03 am

  35. My buddy, Tony Maniscalco believes it’s skunk. That’ got my vote! Personally, I enjoy the fragrance of skunk, though no one believes me when I say that. Hope you tolerated it well, at least.

    July 14, 2015 at 10:17 am

  36. Kathy

    my first thought was a garter snake, but I don’t know how you would get that all over your glasses, unless you were trying to take a picture of its tail.

    July 14, 2015 at 10:28 am

  37. Michele Andrews

    A skunk!

    July 14, 2015 at 11:20 am

  38. Irene Peloquin

    Bombadier Beetle?

    July 14, 2015 at 11:36 am

  39. Sharon Thibault

    A skunk?

    July 14, 2015 at 11:37 am

  40. Bombardier beetle? If so, good thing you were wearing glasses!

    July 14, 2015 at 12:11 pm

  41. Kathie Fiveash

    I’m thinking bombardier beetle.

    July 14, 2015 at 12:35 pm

  42. Jean Harrison

    Skunk. I’m glad you were wearing glasses.

    July 14, 2015 at 1:38 pm

  43. Randi Filoon

    Can’t wait to hear! A Wild Turkey?

    Sent from my iPad


    July 14, 2015 at 3:02 pm

  44. Lisa Wilson

    Look out!! Beetle bomb!!
    (Too late…)

    July 14, 2015 at 3:42 pm

  45. Anne Reed

    What spits yellow goo? A grasshopper?

    July 14, 2015 at 3:59 pm

  46. I’m venturing it was a caterpillar of some sort.

    July 14, 2015 at 6:27 pm

  47. Inez

    Perhaps a mama Canada goose guarding her goslings?

    July 14, 2015 at 6:48 pm

  48. Chris


    July 14, 2015 at 8:04 pm

  49. Honeybees?

    July 14, 2015 at 9:35 pm

  50. Maybe sawfly larvae?
    Maybe sawfly larvae?

    July 14, 2015 at 11:30 pm

  51. Mimsy

    I’d say a ground beetle too… Clearly you were VERY close up, as the droplets are direct hits, not splash, and look pretty well directed!! BTW, I wear identical specs — glad to know they serve so well as protective goggles! (If this was a Bombardier beetle, that’s a pretty rough brew!!)

    July 15, 2015 at 1:43 am

  52. Josh Wood

    Castor canadensis

    July 15, 2015 at 1:18 pm

  53. A close up beaver tail slap/splash?

    July 15, 2015 at 3:58 pm

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