Low Riders

Don't make me come down there!

Don’t make me come down there!

Because I’m too lazy to ever trim the low hanging branches from my backyard oak tree, there’s a veritable wooden jungle gym hanging six to ten feet off the ground out my window.  Every once in sqturday squirrel logoa rare while, one of the many exciting squirrel chases that my tree hosts will take place in these flimsy lowlands… and it never ceases to be yet another amazing demonstration of the uncanny arboreal abilities of the common squirrel as the rodents will hop from twig to twig with barely a misstep or broken branch.  How in the hell they do this, I don’t know… but it’s fun to capture on film memory card!

I was treated to one of these eye level flying circuses about a month ago… and while I missed much of it while trying to fetch my camera… I did get a couple of nice pics of the finale like the one above.  Also, this nice establishing shot showing that the chasee has a little something in his mouth his pursuer might be interested in…

Give me back my acorn you nut thief!!!

Give me back my acorn you nut thief!!!

Careful guys!  While I love the show you’re putting on for me… I don’t want anyone getting hurt!

Hang in there, little buddy!

Hang in there, little buddy!

I don’t know if my home insurance would pay the vet bills for squirrels falling out of trees.  Thankfully, I won’t have to find out as our two acrobatic Saturday Squirrels both made it out of this game of branch hopping safe and sound and ready to chase tail another day!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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11 Responses to Low Riders

  1. We back to a woods and there’s an endless display of squirrel antics including the “high-wire” (branch?) act with a group of exhibitionistic (is that a word?) squirrels. We love it…….

    Pam and Sam

    • Ha! Squirrels are natural exhibitionists since they don’t like wearing clothes….

      The high wire act is amazing, especially in the very, very tall trees we have at the local park. It’s the best circus in town!

  2. I used to watch the frolics when I was a kid. We were surrounded by huge oaks and the squirrels moved around the canopy on twigs so thin and light, it was hard to believe it was possible. But squirrels weigh very little. If you’ve ever actually held one, they are nearly weightless, all furry fluff. Very very soft furry fluff.

    • I’ve never held one before, but I’ve always wanted to. It’s hard to believe that something that stuffs itself so full of nuts and corn can jump on a skinny twig and barely bend it. I eat like that and I can’t even button up my pants…

  3. draliman says:

    It must be fun to watch the little guys scampering around in the branches!

    • It’s a lot of fun… especially when it’s low enough to the ground for me to get a good look at, and know that if one slips up they’re not gonna kill themselves. I did see a squirrel fall about 20 feet out of my tree before, so they’re not as perfect as they seem at acrobatics!

  4. Trisha says:

    They are such amazing little acrobats! I’ve heard several round and round the tree trunk chases but haven’t seen any dangling from branches like this yet this year.

  5. They must just LOVE your tree! 😀

  6. Lynda says:

    I have seen squirrels fall from horrific heights in my oaks with a terrible THUMP, and then just get up, shake it off, and take off running again! They are amazing little critters. 😀

    Love your acrobatic shots.

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