… the squirrel in the photo above seems to be checking the neighborhood out for possible predators in the area before exposing himself to the unknown and he is ready to bolt in an instant if something were to go wrong. Below we have an Osprey at Lake Pleasant, perched on a tree in the water and he has a beautiful looking catch … he is hoping we will leave so he can settle in for a late morning snack.
Squirrels are food for a great number of predators and typically have a life spam of just over a year in the wild, but they do have a potential life span of about ten years …fifteen or more in captivity. Rabbits are about the same and the reason for the short lifespan of both is that so many creatures like to dine on (not with) them.
Humans fare a little better, but regardless of what continent or nation state, all nations seem to end up with leaders in charge who like to make war on other nations and peoples … and it has always been so … always the young fight the battles and the elders who promote these conflicts benefit … each bullet fired means another has to be manufactured to take its place. I like the natural world, other than survival, no causes!
It was a good day here and a lot of research on the value of various gemstones … been out of the day to day for a longtime and it is good to catch up. More tomorrow and work on the September presentation at Pepperdine University is well underway.
Into the weekend for me and the plan is to be back Monday morning … keep breathing, smile and be kind … spend some time with creatures this weekend and taste the sweetness of the wild.
Though I know I shall sometime no more open
my eyes to the night or the day,
I am one who looks at the stars when unchained from
the workbench at nightfall.
They are a sign that I am not ephemeral, nor you, nor
you, whoever you are.
The dawn comes and the dark and the sign sparkling
in the brooding night forever and forever.
At Nightfall by Max Ehrmann
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