Eastern Gray Squirrel

With all the noisy distractions going on in the world right now, sometimes it’s nice just to retreat to a quiet bench in my backyard to watch the goings-on of the gray squirrel family.

“My whole thing is to entertain, make people laugh and to forget about the real world for awhile.”  ~Dan Aykroyd

Face to face


While out for a walk on our country road, I suddenly came face to face with a startled rabbit.  He was frozen in his tracks and was sitting like a statue with one eye intently gazing at me.  Clearly, he had not expected this encounter.  After sizing each other up, I proceeded forward, and the rabbit took off like a shot.

“Courage is facing your fears.  Stupidity is fearing nothing.”  ~Todd Bellemare


This muskrat was intently feeding upon vegetation on the edge of a flooded farm field near the Mississippi River.  His concentration was so focused upon his task that I was able to take several photos before he realized I was there.  Finally he looked up, spotted me, dove underwater and quickly swam away.

“Courage consists not in blindly overlooking danger, but in seeing it, and conquering it.”  ~Jean Paul