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There's also a fun story that goes along with this little guy above. I was just coming back to my truck from one of the many trails in a huge nature park I've been visiting called Island Lake State Recreation Area. The place has a parking lot for each network of trails. You can't travel them all in the same day.
Anyway, there's a tree that's about twenty feet from the edge of the grass, which is where this squirrel was hiding. It was at the base of the tree when I walked by, but I only got a glimpse of him before he scooted right up the side of the tree. I thought maybe I wouldn't get to see him again, but I was in luck today.
I saw the little guy, but I wasn't sure if I got a picture of him or not. As soon as I took that first one he scurried behind the tree trunk to the left of him in the picture above. He was gone again, and I thought I wouldn't find him this time, but I still decided that it would be a good idea to walk around the tree for a better look.
I was just in time to see him run right inside a hole on the side of one of the big branches! I tried desperately to get a picture of him while he went in there, but I just wasn't fast enough. Still, I thought this incident might make an amusing story for all of you, so I moved to a better position to take a picture of the entrance to his little home. You might have already guessed what I saw.
I took several pictures of him before I finally decided that I had put the poor little critter through enough terror. I don't like scaring animals, but how could I resist getting these pictures. Just look at that precious little face!
I'll bring you some even better pictures tomorrow of another red squirrel I saw only an hour or two before I saw this one. I also have video of this one that's not only cute, but it's also hilarious. You'll really want to see this one!
Over at Nature Center Magazine today is a story by Copas, one of the best writers there. Copas is doing a series of stories that looks at nature in a different state in the United States every week. These are really informative articles, without being too long. They even give you some good links on where to get state information for yourself. This week he will be featuring Alaska, a veritable wonderland of nature! Please take a look.