Photo taken: February 24, 2015
When we run…. or for those of us of a certain age, when we USED TO run… there’s always a brief moment in between each stride where neither of our feet are touching the ground. With squirrels, that moment of non-contact is even more pronounced given their tendency to hop and leap as they scamper about. While it’s easy to envision this free-floating instant when the running is being done horizontally on the ground… it’s not as easy to imagine for critters who have the ability to scale objects and a fast pace. When humans climb sheer objects, they take care to always have a hold of something with at least one appendage to keep them from splatting on the ground. But squirrels can actually “run” up trees and telephone poles…. and yes, they do have those split seconds in between each pace where they’re completely suspended in midair! This is my best photo capturing this breathtaking phenomenon where the squirrel literally just seems to be gliding up the side of the pole without touching it at all! Squirrels aren’t just nature’s acrobats, they are nature’s magicians as well!