I have a squirrel for you today that I've been wanting to show you for a little while. It's been raining here so my other pictures lately don't hold much excitement. That doesn't mean this squirrel is only a replacement though. These are some of the best pictures I've ever gotten.
A lot of you know of my past wars with crazy angry squirrels, fictional and real. I'm still always on the lookout for my evil nemesis Mr. Nutz. Lately though, for some odd reason I haven't found any new angry squirrels. They all seem to be either frightened or just curious. Maybe they don't want to fight anymore.
While I was walking on the trails recently I found this interesting squirrel standing to the right of the trail up ahead of me. I stopped immediately for pictures, but I expected it to run away. Oddly, it only stood there at the base of a big tree without moving much. It didn't seem afraid of me, but it also didn't seem very interested in me either.
I began to notice that this squirrel seemed to have a quiet dignity about it. It just seemed to be content with its surroundings, and I didn't want to spoil it so I stayed very still. This squirrel had a beauty that most of the others never had.
I never knew what it was about this one until I saw the pictures. If you look very close at this squirrel you can tell that it is a mother, and it must have babies somewhere up in one of those trees. I'm glad I wasn't very close to those babies. Then I would have had a fight.
This new mother squirrel did know I was there, but might have been protecting her babies a little bit. She probably was just making sure I didn't get too close. I think she understood that I wasn't much of a threat though, because she never got angry with me at all.
She almost seemed to be there to enjoy nature just like I was. She looked at me a few times, but she was also looking at several other things around her too. Her movements were always slow in a calm and confident way. She really only seemed to be having a quiet time to relax.
Here she is in this last one posing against the side of the tree. She seems to be the most graceful squirrel I've ever seen. I really enjoyed watching her. There was no anxiety or nervousness. Just me and another creature observing nature.
After a little while this mother squirrel decided I had enough pictures, so she calmly trotted away into the forest. Maybe the squirrel war really is over. Or maybe I just met the best of the squirrels. It could even be both.