On my most recent hiking trip I didn't see many animals, but Idid have a nice time on the trails. It has been a lot of help in relieving stress for me. I can honestly say now more than ever that a nice quiet walk in the forest can really help a person with a lot of things on their mind.
As you can see by the pictures, I did see a few animals out there. There is a section of this nature preserve that is just full of squirrels. More specifically, black squirrels! As you get towards the back of the park, you'll begin to see little dark shapes darting from tree to tree.
As you focus your eyes in this dark forest, you'll see that these dark shapes are the black squirrels. These critters seem to be everywhere in this section of the forest. There are other types of squirrels here too, but this area is black squirrel territory.
All the way in the back, there are a few houses that are very close to the park. This is where you'll find the highest population of black squirrels. I think someone in one of these houses has been laying food out for them, because when I got there I saw at least six of these black squirrels having a snack.
If you look in the picture above you'll even see a little chipmunk in there with one of the squirrels. There were several other squirrels hiding in this picture too. There's actually a squirrel hiding behind that tree in the middle of the picture. There's even a gray squirrel hiding out somewhere close by.
I have pictures of all of these squirrels but it was difficult to see them all together with all of the trees around. I took a few of the best to show you here. These squirrels were concentrating so much on their meal that they didn't see me until I got very close. That's when they scattered and ran off into the forest.
This last picture is of the last squirrel I could see out there. I followed it toward the ravine, but it disappeared down there very quickly. That was the last I saw of these black squirrels. Here's a link to another post I wrote with a little information about these black squirrels. - Black Squirrel
Now I'd like to give you all a small update on a few things. Ever since I got this last internet outage fixed a few days ago, I haven't had any more problems with that. A few other unrelated distractions are still happening for me though. Right now I'm hoping I can begin to work around them and get everything here on this blog back to normal.
Some of the things I haven't been able to do here recently are things I took pride in before. I like to personally answer each and every comment here to acknowledge that you are all important to me. I want to let you know that I've still been reading every comment. So I'd like to thank all of you for your great comments from the past several days. I also like to comment on all of your blogs too, and I've been doing that as much as I can. Even without this blog, I like reading your blogs.
I haven't been able to really do any of these things very much recently. Right now it's been difficult to even write this blog every day. I know I'm not giving much detail, but saying this much about myself is difficult for me. Besides, these nature stories are more important. I still think and hope that everything will begin to return to normal and I'll be able to do all of these things again very soon. Until then, I hope you all like the stories and pictures I've been bringing you.