Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Ugly, Ugly Nature Shots

Lots of activity on the river. But what are they doing?

And why is this little group gathered, and waiting. . . .

And what is this line for? What's in this cooler? Knowing what's in the cooler would probably shed light on this mystery.

Ewwwww!!!! What is that ugly blob? (blob, not bob.)





It's a freakin' butt-ugly catfish! (And you HAD to see it in the larger photo format, of course!) The so-called Cats Incredible (yeah, right.) tournament in Grand Forks, with big buck prizes, and a fine excuse for. . . . ummmm. . . . drinking. . . .
The fisher people. . . (oh, heck. The fisher MEN. Notice the predominance of male fisher-folk with their coolers) bring their ugly, ugly fish to the table to be weighed, measured, and applauded. . .






And after it's official entry into the Books, it's hustled along in a laundry basket (more ewwww!!!!) to the eager hands of waiting, innocent (easily amused) children . . .

. . . and ceremoniously dumped onto a slide. . .

. . . for the ride of its ugly life. . .

. . . back into the Red River of the North.


9 comments:

pat said...

Eeueueuwwwww! I don't think there's a word to describe how repulsive these things are! Do you know that when you clean them, you have to skin them because they don't have scales? UGH. I think the fishermen have to be pretty lubed up to enjoy catching one of these uglies!

Nicki, said...

Eeueueuewwwww! Where is Doug's shot gun? Cat fish are indeed U.U.Ugly! Great shots - but Eeuw!

Gypsy Girl(Brenda) said...

Ewwww is right. These sucker can get so big. I like the way your photos tell a story. Love the slide they go back down.

Samantha said...

Yuck. Now there's a face only a mother-fish would love. LOL!

Suzy said...

He's not ugly he's just misunderstood lol! ha ha... Great post. I've never seen a catfish before and didn't realize how big they get!

Maria said...

How about "fishersen?" Elizabeth Lowell uses that word in one of her novels . . .

Reds said...

That is one funny festival!! But they are so UGLY !!!

Barb said...

They are ugly and they can get really huge. Bob caught one last year and it stung him on his arm. He said he is going to use gloves the next time he handles a cat fish.

Yolanda said...

This made me laugh out loud! Catfish are kind of ugly. They definately have a face only a fisherman/woman could love. Great captures!