Here is a squirrel for day four of the seven days of nature challenge. I saw this little guy in the park and he seemed more timid than my backyard squirrels. He stood very still, hoping I wouldn’t see him and move closer. As soon as I stepped back, he bolted away!
I was nominated for this challenge by Desleyjane at musings of a frequent flying scientist. Since I have seen his mastery of squirrel photography, I would like to invite Dennis of atrivialmindatwork to join us. If interested just post a nature photo each day for seven days and ask someone to join in.
I am posting a mix of birds, wildlife, flowers and other nature scenes. Feel free to join the fun!
Ten things I learned from wildlife while sitting on my porch:
1. Prepare for the winter.
2. Don’t hide all your nuts in one place.
3. It’s okay to relax when your work is done.
4. Blending in is safe.
5. Wear bright colors if you want attention.
6. Look around.
7. Move…run, climb, hop, jump, fly, and soar!
8. Claim your home but share your world.
9. Beauty is not only one thing.
10. Be yourself.
*posted for writing101, list made
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Introducing Sherman. Sherman is a large rabbit that I frequently see in the grasses of my back yard. He looks handsome resting in the clover.
Here is a cottontail view just before Sherman hops across the yard. I have learned that rabbits hop away from danger in a zig zag pattern. Sherman is in no danger in the peaceful haven of my yard.
I wonder if there is a hidden burrow. On other days, I have seen as many as three smaller rabbits hopping across the yard together.
Introducing Bunny. I was walking around my yard and almost didn’t see her. This smaller bunny sat very still as I approached. I didn’t want to frighten her so I stopped and zoomed in on her from some distance then backed away.
Seeing the smaller bunnies made me wonder if Sherman is actually a she. In any case, there does seem to be a rabbit family nestled nearby!
Introducing Curtis, an energetic little squirrel that is often seen in my backyard. He scurries up and down the trees for playtime with other squirrels and sometimes seems to be guarding his territory by chasing them from his favored trees so he can savor the tasty rewards. He will balance and stretch to take nibbles from the white oak tree.
I believe I can tell him apart from the others by watching his behavior. He is the champion.