A Penny For Your Thots?

I have often wondered what animals were thinking about. I may have unlocked the secret.

I remember odd things – usually not the important stuff. Definitely not important.

I remember this cartoon poster of a guy sitting on what is called a commode in politer company. He had a far away look in his eyes. The caption read, “Sometimes I sits and thinks and sometimes I just sits.”

I’m pretty sure these animals are thinking about absolutely nothing at all. It happens.


Nothing …


Nothing …


Nothing …

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Nothing …


Definitely nothing …

Latest Comments

  1. Jeff Bell says:

    Beautiful photos. I think the elk is wondering if you are capturing his good side or bad side though.


  2. Inger says:

    Wonderful captures Lyle, but I fell in love with the capture of the mountain goat! All the captures I have of these guys they are shedding and look absolutely awful. This one is just beautiful!


  3. niasunset says:

    They are so beautiful photographs, dear Lyle, I loved their expressions. Yes, maybe nothing they think but this is clear they are the listening mode 🙂 Thank you, lovei nia


  4. donna213 says:

    Oh, forgot. Wasn’t thinking myself. I just love every photo.


  5. donna213 says:

    Boy, you and I are poles apart on this one. 😀 I always think they are thinking up a storm. Mostly, like I gotta get out of here before she “shoots” me. Other times there is plotting going on in those tiny brains. Humans with little brains plot too, maybe not so sophisticated, but it gets the job done. I take so many photos of grouchy birds looking me square in the eye, I know they got something cooking in there.


  6. Alison says:

    Stunning photos as usual. But I do see a lot of expression in those eyes. Those animals definitely have something on their minds!


  7. Steve Gingold says:

    We’ll never know and I prefer it that way. Thinking causes trouble.


  8. Mandy says:

    I don’t think you are doing your subjects justice. Here is my interpretation of what they are thinking (starting with the fox):
    1. If I can just reach that pesky itch …….
    2. I think I smell photographer.
    3. Huh? What do you mean you haven’t got my best side?
    4. Is this angle better?
    5. I can’t be bothered chasing down that photographer today.
    6. Who’s there? Stop annoying me. I am trying to kick start my modeling career.


  9. Deb W. Trotter says:

    No wheels turning in those heads, definitely no wheels (which is what we say about our cat when we are tempted to wonder what she is thinking, knowing full well that she isn’t thinking anything.) Perfect photos for your theme; beautiful animals/captures, too!


  10. Vicki says:

    Superb images.


  11. Gunta says:

    I can certainly relate to that spaced out state. Seems we need to practice it a bit more like these smarter critters in your post.


  12. Lavinia Ross says:

    I go down to the last photo and…started laughing. The new horn growth reminded me of sitting in the choir loft in church as a youngster, and seeing all the ladies down below with their ornate Sunday hats. The new growth looks like a cervid version of the old pillbox hat. Beautiful photos, Lyle, as always.


    • Lyle Krahn says:

      I love the hat story. The view from the top might have been quite amusing if they were bobbing around. It took me awhile to figure out what to do with that elk with the mini-headgear but he was the inspiration for the post.


  13. David says:

    Really fantastic photos and I love the theme.


  14. cconifer says:

    sometimes my daughter would say to me, “don’t interrupt me, mom, i’m staring….” very important is that time for thinking nothing~


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