Thursday, 7 April 2016

It's Not Every Day One Glimpses A Squirrel.

A forest full of trees and of course the odd nutter.

Yesterday turned out to be one of those picture perfect mornings that simply lend themselves to a walk in the forest and along the edge of it. The last few days has had the trees popping into their multi coloured plumage one by one, and the resulting kaleidoscope is breathtaking, to say the least.

A friend and her lovely dog came along for the walk and even watching the dog have such delight on this excursion was nice. At times he was off the leash, but when the deer territory came closer he was put back on the leash again. Oh yes, deer often pop out of nowhere and jump like gazelles in front of us. Beyond temptation for any dog, even though the deer will most of the time outrun the dog.

Our forests have trees that seem as tall as can be and even the air has a clarity about it and just breathing in is a sheer pleasure coupled with the sounds of the forest which are interesting and alluring despite at times bordering on the scary side.

To be honest, I don't like to meander around the forest on my own and not only because I might get lost but because the sounds at times mimic a presence.

Hearing the dry crumbling sound of a leaf being trodden on is not for the faint of heart. It can turn out to be a mere mouse, a hare, a deer or the dreaded wild boar...not to mention the odd person. Once or twice I've had a herd of deer run passed me mere meters away. Stunning.

Towards the end of our walk, we spotted a squirrel doing an imitation of being frozen on a tree trunk and luckily it stayed long enough for me to get my camera ready. Seeing this cute squirrel was special. Squirrels tend to remind us of the cute fairy tales of our childhood and the feeling of wonderment when seeing one, never goes away.

Acrobatic and cute to boot...

Can you see the squirrel? It took me a bit to find it...

Biggi