One morning last month I was getting ready to go to a park about 90 minutes away. I decided I wanted to get a portrait of a raccoon; trouble is, raccoons are nocturnal so it wasn't going to happen. Later that afternoon (at the park) I was photographing some horses and I looked over my right shoulder...
I've been searching, trying to find this one again, cause it definitely deserves a nice rating. You obviously have excellent control over your camera, Gary, so you can get down to the business of shooting. I don't know how you do it so consistently.
Hole in ear is 3/4 naturally-backlit ear whiskers, left in for detail.
P.S. I went back there yesterday; same time, same place, no raccoon; I would appreciate it if animals would be on a regular schedule.
This is definetley a beautiful shot of a raccoon, considering it usually only comes out at night or early morning, but very unlikely to come out in the daytime, so for that I give you a 9 plus the adorability of this pic is undeniable! Great job Gary.