The day after Halloween, my squirrel o’lantern was banished to the backyard in front of the oak tree, where it could rot and decompose in peace. I did this with last year’s discarded pumpkin as well, hoping it would attract the squirrels for my camera, but without any seeds or guts left in it, they treated it more like an obstacle on their front porch.
Well, yesterday I was about to take a nap when I looked out my bedroom window and saw exactly what you see in the picture above. It looked like something you’d see in a surreal art piece… a squirrel tail coming out of the stem of my pumpkin!!! It was like my squirrel o’lantern went all Daniel Boone and decided to go out and buy a squirrelskin cap!
Of course, it was nothing of the sort…. it was just an illusion based on how I was viewing this rather comical scene. I rushed to my computer room window on the other side of the house and got this shot to show what was really going on here…
I have no idea what this little guy was gnawing on, but he apparently decided the perfect place to perch and enjoy his treat was on top of the pumpkin stem! This picture is yet another testimonial to the almost otherworldly sense of balance squirrels instinctively have…. not to mention the great camouflage their tails can provide in hiding their entire bodies. For his dedication to showing off the amazing awesomesauceness of his sciurine species, as well as posing for one of the best squirrel pictures I have had a chance to take, it is my pleasure to honor this pumpkin perching cutie as this week’s Saturday Squirrel!
Have a wonderful autumn weekend!