On September 27, 2015, I photographed an eclipse of the moon called the “Blood Moon Eclipse” because the moon appeared red when fully eclipsed. I took my camera and tripod out on the golf course behind our home and took photos. At one point as I was standing with both hands on my camera, I saw movement and a beautiful SKUNK came strolling out of the darkness. I told myself to stand completely still, pretend to be a tree and don’t breathe! He came up and sniffed my right ankle and then continued on. I had no idea if he stopped a foot behind me ready to aim his lethal spray or if he had disappeared. His movement was completely silent — or maybe my heightened adrenaline just masked all sound. At any rate, eventually I slowly turned my head to look over my shoulder and he wasn’t there. Whew! Close call! But the photos were worth it.