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!)

It’s a bird! It’s a bird!

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It’s an Evening Grosbeak!

While visiting our son in Montana, I spent some time sitting like a statue watching the bustling activity at their bird feeder.

There were two of these beauties peeking at me from behind the leaves of a lilac bush. Eventually they decided that I had no feathers OR wings, so I wasn’t a true threat and they popped into view.

Pretty!

 

I Love A Fur Coat, But It Depends On Who’s Wearing It.

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Tossed a glance out the window one morning

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And what did my wondering eyes see? Certainly not Santa Claus.

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A young bobcat, perhaps only twenty ? Thirty?,feet from our door. It played with a flying grasshopper for a moment and then jumped into some bushes at the base of a palm tree. 

 

 

LIAR, LIAR.

3586 I want up there SO bad! (39 of 1)

I admit it…I eavesdropped on another animal conversation, or perhaps I just imagined it. So I’ll translate what was “said”, or use my mind reading abilities as best I can.

In this first photo, I just missed capturing a picture of the little guys lips moving. Let’s begin reviewing the conversation..

“What’s up there? What is it? I smell peanuts, I’m sure of it…HEY! Don’t pretend you can’t see me down here.”

3522 I bet I could climb up this (39 of 1)

“Well that just does it. I’m coming up, I’m going to find a way up there and then we’ll just see what you’re hogging for yourself.”

3548 Want some help shorty? (39 of 1)

The bigger raccoon finally had something to say.

“Don’t you come up here, there’s nothing up here. I’m just tidying up this bowl thingy, it looked dirty.”

3526 Well look at you, trying to climb up here like a big boy (39 of 1)

“Well, if it’s just dirty, why do I smell peanuts on your breath?”

3549 You can do it! Grab my paw. (39 of 1)

Big raccoon started to get aggravated. “I smell like peanuts because I just ate a peanut flavored breath mint. Now get back down there!”

3528 Oooh, I'm slipping! (39 of 1)

The little raccoon begged to differ. “I just saw peanut shells stuck to your nose, I AM coming up!” As you can see, the big bandit was trying to impede his progress.

3536 Now be careful, you push me out! (39 of 1)

A little snarling was followed by ungraciousness. “You only think you made it up here, anything can happen.”

3540 Watch out for that first step (39 of 1)

Two seconds later, the big raccoon spoke right to me.  “I did NOT push him off, he slipped.”

I didn’t buy this version of events, right after making such a ludicrous statement, the big raccoon smiled at me and stuck a peanut in it’s mouth.

 

AN ODD REQUEST.

3443 This is MY bowl! (39 of 1)

I thought I heard a little voice calling to me from outside, so I put down the sequins, (don’t ask) and went to investigate.

“Hello?” I called from the window.

“Hello.” The words came from a little chipmunk sitting in a clay pot. “If you wouldn’t mind, could you please fill this bowl? Birdseed would be good, but I have a hankering for a cheeseburger if you have one in your pocket.”

I always thought a conversation with an animal from the woods would be a lot more inspirational.