Nothing special about these photographs — they were taken with my wife’s Nikon Coolpix camera because I Ieft mine at home, despite vowing to carrying it with me everywhere we went this summer.

In my defense, this was an unplanned stop at Alton Baker Park after having lunch in Eugene one day, and we spotted four baby nutria eating alongside the pond. Most people think these animals are ugly, and they kinda are…but they’re unique — large rodents with webbed feet that swim — and it was cool to get so close to ’em.