A Spring in My (Summer) Step


Western Gray Squirrel, leaping


What could possibly be causing everyone to feel so… SPROINGY?!!

Well, we’ve been having some morning and early afternoon cloud cover. This has significantly reduced how brutally hot it gets later in the day. This morning, the cover looked particularly dense and even though I got a late start on the day, the conditions were still just perfect for a walk. The diffuse, even lighting was quite nice for photography and the critters were being incredibly obliging. Though it was still warm, a cool breeze moved through every so often making me almost forget that it was mid-July.

As is often the case on blissful days like this, I stayed out much longer than I had planned. I came home tired. You know, that good kind of tired? The kind that’s full of happy steps walked on familiar trails. But, as it’s only 8 PM and I’m already yawning, I think I will wait until tomorrow to share the highlights with you all.

[For those that don’t know, my exuberant friend is a Western Gray Squirrel (Sciurus griseus).]

Did you see anything today that made you feel like doing a little hop, skip or jump?… Even just a little? *GRIN*

Harsi / July 13, 2011 / mammals


  1. Lisa - July 14, 2011 @ 4:14 pm

    One day when I was in an uncharacteristically dour, jaded mood where I was “down” on the concept of true love, I decided to keep a notebook and record times when I see people show acts of great love toward each other. I am happy to say that I was able to spot one and add it to my growing list (it’s been kind of slow-going). (Kind of weird, I know.) Does this count? *smile*

  2. Lisa - July 14, 2011 @ 4:16 pm

    P.S. I loved your handsome feathers, and the clever juxtaposition of the organic and non-organic matter. It worked well in my eyes!

  3. Harsi - July 14, 2011 @ 8:06 pm

    Oh, Lisa! Of course that counts!!! *BIG GRIN* And I don’t think it’s even a little bit weird that you keep such a wonderful notebook… I think it is positively INSPIRED! (Who hasn’t had their faith in true and selfless love shaken on occasion?) I’m pleased you were able to witness something worth documenting. Thanks for sharing that with me. Really. Thank you. Your generous and willing heart is a beautiful thing. xo P.S. Thank you for the nice things you wrote about my other recent blog posts too.


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