By Scott Umstattd
Weird photos of animals and funny things about them. Animals have a way of turning an otherwise normal photo into a weird photo. And, just by being themselves animals can be a great subject for a weird photo. Below are some of my favorite weird pictures that feature animals.
Above: Opossum stew anyone!? This guy was making his way across the fence in my backyard one night. I attached a Sigma external flash to my camera and set it to full flash hoping the light would be enough to make a picture. I used a Canon 30D camera with a Canon 200mm f/2.8L lens.
Above: This spider may look big but it's actually very tiny. What may appear to be a giant moon or sun in the background is light coming from a nearby lamp.
Above: This blue and green gecko made its way from my box of props all the way to my backyard where it landed nicely on a piece of wood.
Above: This is what happens when you keep dogs on your roof. These dogs were in San Lucas Toliman at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. It's a common thing to place dogs on roofs in Latin America. They serve as protection for the occupants beneath them and it keeps the house clean since the dogs pooh outside. These dogs had a particular lost-soul feeling as I walked under them. Had they been on the ground with me, I would not be here to share this picture with you as they surely would have eaten me. I took this picture with a Canon 60D and a Canon 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens.
Above: Breakfast is served to this snake at the Tybee Island Zoo in Georgia. I took this weird picture with my Canon 30D and Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DG lens.
Above: Balance is inherent to some. In others, not so much.
Above: This octopus is about the size of your hand. I'd love to be able to tell you that I dove deep into the darkest parts of the ocean to make this picture. But the fact is that I stuck my lens against the glass that separated me from this creature. You can see his suction cups working as they adhere to the glass of the aquarium.
Above: This was a stray dog in my neighborhood. He looked like a bad-ass. But he was actually a very nice dog. Anyway, here he is caught in an odd moment of a head shake.
Above: This has to be one of the saddest, yet most determined chickens I've come across. While his looks are not pleasing his health and his vigor are not in doubt. What you can't see is that he is being chased by a dog. Our chicken friend got a way with relative ease from its canine competitor. Moral of this story; don't judge a chicken by its neck.
Above: A lifeless secada rests on the hood of a car after a gentle summer rain in South Georgia.
Above: And last but not least, in the category of weird photos of animals, is my former cat (R.I.P. "Kool Kat"). Kind of looks like he's screaming... or visiting the cat dentist. What do you think?
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