This story was originally going to be completely different. I was going to show you some boring pictures of this squirrel posed on a branch. As I began to post the pictures, the real story of this squirrel came back to me. Hey, it's hard to remember everything when so many things happen in just one day.
I was walking through the forest in an area where I usually see a few squirrels in the distance. I've posted several pictures of them from this very same area. While I was there, I watched another squirrel playing in the forest, and I got some decent pictures while I was at it. As I turned back to the trail, I saw something even more interesting.
That's right, I saw another squirrel peeping at me from the side of a tree. He seemed to be a happy little guy, and I thought he was a bit shy at first because of the way he hid. I had no idea how wrong I was. I guess it was his actions that came next that won him the prize of becoming an internet star.
Once he knew I actually saw him there, he came out of his hiding place and crawled up along a small branch that was about shoulder level to me. He got to the very end of it and waited patiently while I began taking several pictures of him.
Of course it wasn't enough for this little squirrel to just stand there balanced on the branch. He knew he had to perform if he was going to be seen by people all over the world. He gave me a few standard poses like you might have seen at a million other places, but then he did something strange.
I have no idea what he's doing there on that branch, but it looks like he might be trying to take a nap. Maybe he's hugging the branch. We all know how much squirrels love trees. Maybe this branch is his own scratching post. Whatever it is, it was a good sign that this squirrel was nuts.
After it finally jumped off the branch, I moved on with the intention of heading toward my next destination. I saw which direction the squirrel had gone, and it happened to be in the same general direction that I was headed. I watched it, but I had the intention of forgetting the squirrel and moving on.
As soon as I turned a corner to change paths, I happened to look to my right at another tree. This same squirrel poked his head out again at me. It scurried out as quick as a flash, stood on the side of the tree, and looked right at me. I would swear there was a big smile on his face. It's dark, but you can see the grin if you click the picture.
It waited for me to get a few last pictures, and then it climbed up the tree and out of sight. It's sometimes amazing to see the different personalities of these little creatures. Some are angry, and some are shy and fearful. And then some are curious and friendly like this little guy. Nature is a wonderful thing, and so are squirrels.