Out on a limb or holding onto the twigs of a limb for dear life, this squirrel is some 40 feet above the ground. His only vision is to chew on the new budding twig of the Spring season.
Spread eagle or I should say spread squirrel clutches onto every branch within its reach. Even the fresh green twig he is chewing. After he finished, he did squirm for a way out. I think if it could cry out he’d say “Help me, Help me. I can’t let go or I will fall.
The below photo is his friend on another tree sits securely as it chews on a small pine cone. He looks at him and thinks no way will I risk my life. He’s on his own.
The strong will survive.
American Goldfinch (Eastern Goldfinch)
If the Garden of Eden still existed, the American Goldfinch would be the species you’d find in God’s paradise. When I took this picture, it was a cloudy, grey day. This adult male Goldfinch brightened my outlook on the day with its dazzling yellow body. It seemed to spread happiness and joy as it flittered from plant to plant. I noticed the Goldfinches favor the yellow and orange flowered plants for their pick of seeds. It was of interest to watch these birds eat. With their conical beak, it makes it easy for them to remove the seeds from the seed heads of a sunflower, purple coneflower or thistle plant.
I captured this adult and juvenile barred owl along the Nolan trail in Newport News, VA. The perimeter of the Nolan trail surrounds Lake Maury; which is within a mature, mixed forest of large trees of hemlock, maple, oak, hickory, and beech. When I first spotted this fledging owl, it was roosted on the branch. Normally, an owl will sleep during the day and are not very active. But, this young guy was alert and constantly looking around. I figured it was waiting on its parent to come back. So I set up my tripod and camera and waited about two hours. Finally, out of nowhere, the adult owl appeared along side the juvenile owl. This was a great capture of a barred owl nurturing its young, the next generation of these beautiful birds.
Unlike human love, animals’ internal love appears natural. Humans make the power of love so difficult. Before God created man and woman, He created the animal kingdom. Maybe we are to learn from the animals. I see in this picture love, joy, kindness, compassion, and comfort.
By Richard Smith