I decided, after the fact, that this is my third post in a series on cuteness. The first post was the adorable sea otter pup which is universally loved. The second post featured the unique American coot chick which gets either cute or ugly responses – its beauty must be an acquired taste. Today’s post features crabs, an accidental photographic series, which pushes the envelope even further.
I was sitting on the rocks at Elkhorn Slough in northern California waiting for the area’s famous creatures to pass by. When I looked down, I was alarmed to see the rocks moving until I figured out they were crabs.
At first I ignored the odd creatures since they weren’t otters, sea lions or seals which were on the list for the day. But when the big three played hard to get, the crabs were always there. I decided it was best not to look a gift crab in the mouth and took some photos.
I discovered they are wild and wild looking so that definitely qualifies them as wildlife. While not large, they try to make up for it by being a colourful predator of sorts. I like the fierce factor when it comes to wolves but it seems strange with crabs.
To be honest I’m not sure what to make of the crab or whether I really like it not. Have I reached the other side of cute?
When I first saw the light hitting the front of this crab, I liked the effect. I quickly took the photo but was disappointed to get the photo below. The mid-day sun was harsh! After processing the photo, I was able to get the top photo – good enough for the blog. It wasn’t an outtake after all.