Unfortunately, when things go south in real human interactions, as they do both in person or via bits over the Interwebz, the failure carries with it a bit more damage than a long-ago dice roll, and packed-away gaming gear. And for good or ill, I automatically assume I hold the lion's share of the inhibiting elements; failure is on me. It gets tiresome, and the cost to benefit ratio of the effort rises to unsurmountable heights.
However difficult human interaction may be, animal interaction is easy -- a hand out for a dog to sniff, or a cat to rub on, and wild critter encounters are the easiest of all -- spot the critter and try to snap a photo before the beast scampers/scuttles/wings away. It's in that third category I present the results of my interactions this weekend.