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Watching Closely

Watching Closely

Watching Closely

As I arrive at Mugs coffeehouse there are about six large trees along the sidewalk. Some of the college students who live along here will put food out for the squirrels. I have seen as many as 4 and 5 chasing each other around the trees making it fun to watch. Needless to say they are more than comfortable with humans and will come quite close. This one paused long enough to make sure I kept my distance and did not cross the line they had drawn.

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Peek-a-boo

Peek-a-boo

Peek-a-boo

He (she) is making sure I do not take any of the corn someone has left at the base of this tree.

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Oh, to be a squirrel

Making Ete Contact

Making Eye Contact

Outside my condo is a squirrels nest located in the upper branches of a tree. I enjoy observing their daily life. At times I wonder what it would be like to be one of them. As aging causes me to slow down with aches, pops and cracks I’m envious of their enormous energy. They scurry everywhere, always on the alert for danger but living life to the fullest. Their day seems to be full of searching for food, chasing each other in a game of tag or claiming territory and chattering. Their beautiful fluffy tail that makes them cute and  is also works as a warm blanket for colder weather. They twitch those tails when they are scared, mad, uneasy, a predator is in the area and/or a way to leave their scent from their glands to other squirrels. The twitching of their tail is a way for them to get the message to the other squirrels that danger is around. It is my warning to keep my distance.

They are not worried about mortgage payments, unnecessary wars, or what’s happening on facebook. After a busy day and the sun falls below the horizon they climb up to their nests made of twigs and leaves and curl up for the night. I imagine sleep comes quickly as nature rocks them to sleep. Yep, life is about living it a day at a time.

 

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Saturday Morning

I See You

Thought I would post a fun image. They are forecasting rain this afternoon turning to snow during the night. Enjoy the weekend.

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Checking Me Out

Checking Things Out

I’ve been doing a bit of house cleaning; deleting and organizing images on my hard drive. I purchased another and larger hard drive about a month ago. I’ve moved everything over and have it the way I want it. Again, it is enjoyable to look back over images from the past and see where I’ve been and where I’m at now. I found this fellow from 2003 and felt like posting his portrait. He (she) is sure checking me out and looking cute.

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No One Gets Hurt

Squirrel at Inniswood Gardens

I parked my rump on a bench along the foot path in Inniswood Gardens to watch the half dozen squirrels in front of me as they scampered along the forest floor in search of food. This time of year you will find them busy searching for and storing nuts and acorns near their dens for the coming winter months. The carpet of leaves has hidden some of their much needed food so their search for food has the feeling of a game. You can hear the rustling of leaves as they stick their noses under the carpet of leaves in search of their treasure then quickly lift their heads and move to the next location as if to say, “Nope, nothing there. Maybe it’s over here.”

Every so often they seem to be playing a game of tag with one another but I soon realize they are being territorial as they chase one another around. Their work at this time of the year is a necessity and feels hurried, yet they seemed to also be having fun and no one gets hurt. I enjoyed watching.

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