Florida Squirrels

I spent almost three weeks in Florida recently and obviously, I spent part of that time hoping to run into a squirrel. I decided to take a drive/walk one afternoon to see if the eagles had returned to their previous nest and just as I entered the nature area, I spotted a squirrel!

Curious squirrel 1

I went into full squirrel spotter stealth mode…slowly, slowly I approached the unsuspecting squirrel by way of the boardwalk…I crouched down to make myself appear smaller….I was almost on the ground by the time I was close enough for a decent shot.

Reaching my most advantageous location, I settled in and got comfortable. I was surprised to realize that all of my caution may have been for naught. Herds of bicyclists pedaled happily past, except for those who would stop to try to pick me up off the ground.Reassuring them that I didn’t need water, a granola bar, a bandaid or the name of a good psychiatrist took up a fair amount of time but the squirrel hadn’t budged an inch when I was finally able to put my camera back up to my eye.

Imagine my surprise when a SECOND squirrel made an appearance! Firing away with my camera I soon had enough images to last a lifetime. Bidding the squirrels a fond farewell, I made my way back to my car, brushed the leaves and sand off of myself and sped off into the four o’clock sun. 

Peeking out

two squirrels

Who needs a hat?

3103 A long tail keeps away the heat (39 of 1)

WHEN IT’S HOT IT’S HOT, AND THE TAIL HELPS OUT A LOT. THE TAIL SERVES A LOT OF PURPOSES AND USING IT LIKE A BIT OF UMBRELLA TO GET A LITTLE SHADE IS AN AWESOME FEATURE OF THE TAIL.

I'm soooooo hot! (39 of 1)

SORRY THIS IS SO BLURRY, BUT THE SQUIRREL HAD TO RUN QUITE A DISTANCE TO FIND A COOL SHADY PATCH RELIEF FROM THE HEAT.

(I JUST REALIZED THIS IS IN ALL CAPS…sorry!)

NOT THAT TITANIC…

The Titanic Squirrel

THIS GUY WAS NOT A PORTER WORKING ABOARD THE TRAGIC SHIP…

“TITANIC” IS HIS ACTUAL NAME…HE WAS A VERY, VERY LARGE BABY AT BIRTH AND HIS MOTHER DEMANDED THAT HE BE GIVEN A NAME THAT SUMMED UP HIS SIZE.

HE HAS SINCE GONE ON TO A CAREER IN SQUIRREL SUMO WRESTLING AND IS CONSIDERING STARRING IN A REALITY TV SHOW. HIS MOTHER IS VERY PROUD.