Couclc19 Michael Koch 3

Updated: Jul. 27, 2022

The word Country has many meanings to people. People in the mid-west and eastward feel their area is country and rightly so. Living in California; the word Country has a different meaning to me. Country to me is any natural environment outside of a metropolitan area or city. While traveling in the eastern part of the state of Wisconsin; I heard a little rustling by some trees. When I slowly approached; I noticed a young raccoon family in a tree stump trying to keep warm. After waiting a few minutes; one of what I thought was two young raccoons; peaked its head out from the stump probably hearing me positioning myself for this photo. To me; there is nothing more beautiful than the innocence of young animals cuddling up to keep warm in the winter time to escape the frigid temperatures.

funny raccoon picturesCourtesy Michael Koch / Country magazine