Continuing the theme I started on Monday, I have a few more small animal photos to share. Some are the typical “I think this is a cute photo” photos. Some are attempts by me to achieve an artistic effect. What can I say, I keep trying. A couple of them are evidence. After years of trying, I finally managed to get lucky with one of our critter neighbors. I brought the photo home and declared to the Mrs.:
“I finally got a black squirrel to stand still for a peanut!“
These little guys are so cute, they drift fully into the adorable end of the scale. We have pictures and pictures and pictures of these guys. Last year, I even “commissioned” Kate Powell to paint the black squirrels as a gift for the Mrs. Of course, this was just after a post in which she complained about painting anything black with watercolors. I felt bad asking, but she did a great job.
The thing about the black squirrels is that they’re skittish.
We see them in our yard, and Maddie and I see them on our walks, but I can barely get them to stay still for a photo. You may not be able to tell, but almost all the photos I have of black squirrels have been taken from a distance.
This past weekend, a black squirrel was standing a safe distance away from Maddie and I as we walked. A gray squirrel came close enough to us for me to toss him a bit of walnut. The black squirrel saw that and came a little closer, but not close enough for me to accurately throw a walnut piece. I fumbled around in the bag (yes, we carry a bag of nuts when we walk) to find a peanut – heavy enough to toss a good distance and big enough to be seen – and I managed to get it to him as he started to run away. He heard it land, and he came back to claim it. Still, he took it to a tree that was farther away before eating. Good thing I have that zoom feature on my camera.
This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s fun weekly series One-Liner Wednesday. You can follow this link to see the one-liners from the other participants.
Remember, I, along with a group of my blog-buddies are hoping that you will participate in The Cherished Blogfest – This blogfest happens once a year. This year, it runs from Friday, October 13th until Sunday, October 15th, this is your opportunity to tell us about something you cherish. A thing, a photo, a painting, a person, a thought, a kind word from a stranger, a… well, you get the point.