When the whole Festive Season gets a little too much for you, take a tip from Sparky the squirrel; chill out and relax.
Talk about taking a chill pill, I think Sparky must have swallowed the whole packet!
I saw this little chap hop up onto the top of my fence. He tried out a position on the first gate post. Not finding this to his liking, he sauntered along the top of the gate, pausing to have a scratch at the next pole. Then he stretched himself out to catch a little sun.
Although it is summer here and temperatures are often in the mid to high thirties, (I quickly specify Centigrade here for my American friends!) there has been a strong wind most days (up to 12 m/s – 27 mph) which (fortunately) cools it down.
Obviously it was a little too cool for Sparky, hence the sunbathing chillax session.
I have to add, that it really doesn’t look all that comfortable!
post script: I like that he feels safe enough to stretch out here on my fence and take a short nap. He’d be safer in a tree, but he wouldn’t catch the rays then.
Sparky the Squirrel tucks into a lovely loquat, while sitting in the apple tree.
Sparky and Loquat 2
Sparky does not stand on ceremony. What he wants, he takes. Here he is in the apple tree, casually leaning over to pluck the fruit from the neighbouring loquat tree.
Sparky and Loquat 3
Everybody’s favourite tree in early summer, our loquat(Eriobotrya japonica) is very busy. Many different birds come to feast on the ripe fruit, which is a little like a small apricot. Even though there is plenty for everyone, some still want the tree all to themselves and squabbles are not uncommon.
Cape White Eye and Loquat 1
Here are some Cape White Eye having a feast. They are tiny little birds and it’s difficult to capture them as they flit around and are never still for a moment.
Cape White Eye and Loquat 2
You can see from the photo just how tiny these birds are; barely bigger than the fruit they are enjoying.
Cape White Eye and Loquat 3
As it’s very hard to see them, I just point my camera in the general direction of the rustling of the leaves and the sound of their peeping and hope for the best!
All these photos were taken through my window, which explains the cloudiness.
I captured little Sparky the squirrel Gathering Nuts in May on my lawn.
OK, so he’s really gathering berries from my massive syringa tree, but I love how he holds them like a little bouquet of flowers to offer to his sweetheart!
Below is the unaltered photo, which as you see, is quite blurred. Sparky was far away and not going to hang around for a photo shoot. I snapped what I could with my trusty Canon.
And as I’ve discussed before, in Mystery Visitor, there is only so much post-editing you can do to improve a blurred image; the best advice being to simply take another photo; in focus! Still, I’m rather chuffed with my results of smartening Mr Sparky up a bit.
post script: “Here we go gathering Nuts in May” is a lovely old nursery rhyme that I remember singing as a kid, and to my own kids. It’s interesting that originally it was probably ‘Knots in May’ referring to the blossom of the hawthorn.
Sparky the squirrel seemed full of the joys of . . . Autumn!
I captured the little critter scampering above in the canopies of these large trees, while I sat in the shade beneath enjoying my coffee. It was nice of him to provide the entertainment!
He even sunbathed awhile, stretched out on a branch, as comfy to him as any sofa to us.
But living life in the fast lane, he didn’t stay for long.
I caught him just about to leap across a wide open space to the next tree. I love how he gets his eye in and bunches up, coiled like a spring, before bounding into mid-air, propelled by his strong back legs.
He then confidently scampered at speed through an arboreal pathway only he could see. I snapped this last action shot as he leapt away; on to his next adventure.
This is the tenth and final in my series of Galaxy camera phone photos. I feel confident now, that I can take photos in focus (mostly) with my phone. I hope you have enjoyed the series as much as I have in making it.