This is not a very closeup picture of this squirrel for a very good reason. The obvious reason is that I don't have one. Well, I don't. But I do have a better reason than that. If I had a closer picture of the squirrel, I wouldn't have this little story.
While I'm hiking, any animal sighting is a good one. There's a certain thrill to seeing an animal out there, especially if it's trying to stay hidden. I think of it as a small victory if I can get any picture at all when the animal is trying to avoid me.
As I was just coming to the top of a small hill, I saw that sawed off fallen tree in the distance. It wasn't quite as close as the picture shows. I saw what looked like a branch sticking up at the end of the tree trunk. It was oddly shaped like a squirrel, but I thought it couldn't be because it wasn't moving.
Still, it intrigued me so I decided to get a closer look. As I was walking towards it, I took several pictures. This is the best of them. It still wasn't moving, and I couldn't see it very well. As I got closer, it suddenly jumped into the air and scurried away. I guess I was now pretty sure it was a deceptive squirrel and not just a branch. Mystery solved!
That's why one lone picture of a not so very close up squirrel is a good one for me. It provided a momentary thrill of surprise for me while I was hiking. Some thrills are big and some are small, but they're all fun. Whether I'm getting threatened by a deer or just examining a rock, I'm having a good adventure. Nature is full of fun experiences like these.