Tomorrow brings high winds and thunderstorms, and yet just a week ago we had snow. The squirrels are very wise and they have stayed dressed for winter. They still have their fur coats on. Actually, they leave them on all year, but they do wear layers until summer…(interesting side notes…squirrels are not comfortable in short sleeves, shorts or bathing suits. I have learned this through careful observation and a squirrel who likes to give away squirrel secrets.)
I feel the need to advise my fellow humans regarding this squirrel behavior because I know many humans get confused on the issue of seasonal changes.
Here is my advice to all of you who like to run around in shorts and flip-flops as soon as the outside temperature hits 45 degrees…don’t do it. I know, I know, it feels GOOD. The air feels warm and you can almost smell summer after our long winter. The facts are, it isn’t summer, you’ll probably get sick and make me sick and you’ll make me feel stupid for wearing my winter coat.
I’d like to make one more argument for keeping your clothes on…if the squirrels are smart enough to know it’s too early to be going around underdressed …don’t you want to be at LEAST as smart as a squirrel?
I confess…we were lucky enough to get away to the land of the sun for two weeks! As you already know, hubby was sick and eventually I got sick and I’m still sick….BUT….I did have about nine days of feeling good enough to go out and capture some images.
I found waves and pretty birds and then something that grabbed me by the throat and wouldn’t let go…I found an eagle’s nest, complete with two eaglets and their parents…wouldn’t you know it…the day after I left, one of the eaglet left the nest!
I’ll be showing you some of my favorites…I will also tell you about how exhausting it was to STRUGGLE with a camera and somehow come out with a few good shots..I threatened to throw it into the “jungle” I don’t know how many times…I think I caught the cough from hell because I got so exhausted over the hours that I spent with the eagles. It was worth every cough I’ve had since then…they are just amazing, amazing birds.
So I’m starting off with one of my favorite wave images…
Almost all of the trees are bare, except for the mighty oaks…they always hang on to the very last.
We do have a few bushes left that are still producing a blaze of glory.
And so we bid a fond farewell to summer and soon fall and then KA-POW! Winter will be upon us…