Arnngg arnngg arrrggng. [nuzzling sounds]

People, get a load of the award-winning photo from the "Nature’s Best 2007" photo exhibit at the Smithsonian! Taken by Eddie Schermerhorn, age 15 of Boulder, CO.

Exquisite sandy eye capsules and ear nubules, Eddeh! [applause]


Check out all the photos and exhibit times here.
Another great tip from Johanna S. 😀



  1. And now, I shall take the tiniest of nibbles of your head.

    nom nom nom nom nom…

  2. Ooooh! What a great picture! The mommy sea lion is smiling and enjoying the pups hi-jinks!

  3. This just makes me think of Happy Feet and that scene when that sea lion (or whatever it was) was chasing the main character through the water and then when he shot up out of the water…the 4(5) other penguins and the main character pretended to be running away in slow motion because the sea lion couldn’t move fast on land. I laughed then…I laugh now…

  4. Here’s another great pic from the winners….

  5. DejaMew – the red fox pic is MOST excellent!

  6. Wonderful picture the pup is lets play mom’s like later kid later……

  7. fish eye no miko says:

    Kid: “Mom? Mom! Hey, mom! Mom.. Mom? Mo~om! Mommy…? Hey, mom…”
    Mom: “If I pretend to be sleep, he’ll shut up… eventually.”

  8. Tell me the story about the bucket again.


  9. If you haven’t already check out the other photos in the exhibit – they are astonishing.

  10. WTG, Eddie!

  11. Cute points for nomming something + cute points for being a teeny version of that something = point OVERLOAD

    But the red fox DejaMew linked to had me creased up. XD

  12. Pearl Ostroff says:

    I saw that program the red fox picture is from. It was called, I think, _Yellowstone in Winter_. The fox is hunting for dinner. He hears the mice or whatever his prey is running in their burrows under the snow and dives down for one.

    Love the sea lions.

  13. I was about to send this pic in! I think the momma is actually enjoying her pup’s antics – if you had such a cute pup, wouldn’t you? 🙂

  14. it reminds me of my kitten and dog and this pic is now my desktop backround

  15. ma! i got sand in my eyes again! maaaa! maaa!!!!

  16. baby’s doing an excellent slibber slobber licking job & mom’s lookin fabulously shiny & i’m lovin it.

  17. oh those pics from the exhibit are amazing. i love the geiser one and the bison which remind me of native americans and years gone by.
    the grand prize photo of the zebras is gorgeous. their shadows remind me of ancient cave wall paintings. wow.

  18. The little sea lion babie’s got a bit of sandy reverse-eyeliner going on there.
    (And what on earth is a “Babie” (pronounced Baa-bee)you may ask? Time to watch some Green Acres reruns!)

  19. Could almost be a candidate for the “I shall leeck you” category!!!

  20. Did you guys see the Kodiak Bear with the bee on his nose and a lower lip pout going on it is fantastic

  21. Wow, I love this picture, so beautiful and sweet…

  22. berthaslave says:

    Sea mammals are wonderful, wonderful creatures to watch. Lurve that smile on the sleeping face!

  23. !! What a picture! The beautiful white sand and blue ocean in the background! Amazing!

  24. Catsquatch says:


    And the red fox stuffed in the snow tube is awesome too 😉

  25. I think bebeh will only get a snore-gle from mom until she wakes up.

  26. Raemie L. says:

    Pinna*… and teenier pinna~
    (* sea lion ear flaps)
    Pinnipy pinna~

  27. SQUEEEEEE!!! How adorable! Bebeh’s like “Mom! Play with me! PLAY WITH MEEE!”
    Mom: “Zzzzzz.”

    Thanks for link, Meg, the photos are gorgeous!

  28. Daphne Moss says:

    Yes, thank you very much!
    I love this, too… It’s all “HAAAI… ‘sup, Mom?
    Wanna go swim wi me, huh huh huh?”
    Babies same, no matter what the species…love the mommy smile, too…

  29. Cal, London says:

    He’s such a smiley little thing, I can’t help but grin at this photo.

  30. metsakins says:

    mom, mom, c’mon you can’t be tired we only played for three hours!

  31. Annie
    The bear isn’t pouting its desparetly trying to blow the bee off its nose without moving too much to annoy it

  32. N’awwww, shweet.

  33. momof2kitties says:

    Wow, those nature photos are mind-boggling…Awesome.

    This seal pup is just like my kidlets on a Saturday morning…Mom? Mom? Are you awake? Can we have cinnamon rolls? Huh? Huh? Can we? Mom? Mom?

  34. ThreeCatNight says:

    Seal puppeh to mom:
    “So,Mom. What are we having for breakfast? Kelp or oatmeal? Mom, Mom!!”
    Momma seal to self: “How lovely to do nothing!”