As an avid wildlife photographer, I visited Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge on February 17, 2023. After a great morning of photographing various animals, I came upon an adorable sight – a young raccoon snoozing on a knot of a nearby tree. I couldn’t resist but pull over my pickup by the auto tour road to get a few photos of this charming creature.

A Snoozing Raccoon

A Snoozing Raccoon

I quickly got my camera and lens ready, resting them on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup. As I zoomed in on the Raccoon, I couldn’t help but marvel at how peaceful and carefree it appeared. The soft, warm light from the sun added to the overall serene ambiance of the scene.

It’s interesting to note that Raccoons are nocturnal animals, but they may also be active during the day, especially during the breeding season. However, they spend most of their time sleeping in dens or tree hollows during the day, so it was a rare moment to witness this Raccoon resting on a knot of a tree in broad daylight.

Capturing this moment was truly a remarkable experience, and it’s these unexpected encounters that make wildlife photography so captivating.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R7
  • Lens: Canon RF 100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM


  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date and Time Taken: February 17, 2023 (11:38 A. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f8.0
  • Shutter speed: 1/1600
  • ISO: 800 (Auto)
  • Focal Length: 500 mm