So, I watched, and I waited. And what to my wondering eyes should appear? A cute little skunk with the white line up his back and everything doing some evening foraging. I tried to capture a picture of him, but by then his little nose was firmly investigating the base of the grasses. Then, this evening, what luck I had. After a few unimpressive shots of his posterior, I was able to get around to line up my shot, and there he was.
And yes, I was at a "safe" distance. (That's why it's a tad bit blurry. I had to zoom in a bit.) In this case "safe" is defined as not making him nervous in any way. I never noticed any change in his activity that would make me thing that he was agitated. Of course, I'm calling it a "he" when I have not the slightest clue ... And I have no intention of getting close enough to find out.
I'm tickled ... just as long as I'm up here, and he stays down there. I'm happy to appreciate him from a far. ;)