Tuesday, December 10, 2013

NATURE NOTES

When we were at the Grand Canyon not so long ago we were very taken with the Rock Squirrels that inhabited the area.  In the photo below you will see one of them sitting on the edge of a very, very steep drop.  He had a better head for heights than I did.  


They had no fear.


I sat on the wall for some length - not close to the edge - taking in that incredible view.  The Rock Squirrel seemed to be doing the same.





This is a view I would never get tired of.











I think we stayed sitting on that particular wall for over an hour taking it all in, before moving on to the next overlook.  Not only did we get many photos of the Grand Canyon, our little friend here was happy to pose for oodles of photos.  











He gave my snapping finger plenty of exercise.


Finally it was time to move on and we said adieu.


I thought we were free and clear but when we had almost reached our car we found another.  






I asked him if he would like to come home with me but he declined.


If you would like to find out more about these cute little animals, you can click here.

I am linking with Michelle's Nature Notes this week.  Thank you for hosting Michelle, I enjoy this lovely meme very much.




32 comments:

Adam said...

cute little squirrel

Karen said...

What gorgeous views, and the Rock squirrel is the cutest!

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Denise. Wonderful views and a cute Squirrel.

diane b said...

It sure is a beautiful view and the squirrel shots are fabulous.

eileeninmd said...

Denise, beautiful views of the Grand Canyon! And your Squirrel is cute. Great photos. Have a happy day!

Elephant's Child said...

Oh Wow!!!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

How special is this? He's much more brave than I would ever be. Majestic images of the canyon. I will never forget the very first time I saw it with my own eyes...I was speechless.

Carole M. said...

how cute are they?! Great photos and location fantastic too

Roy Norris said...

Amazing scenic images Denise.

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Wow!! They are fearless, hanging around you and Gregg!

Dianne

imac said...

Magnifico PhotoS my friend.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR

EG CameraGirl said...

Beautiful photos of a magnificent place! And the squirrels with spots! What charmers!

Arija said...

What a wonderful post Denise!! Great views of the canyon and that remarkable, perfectly camouflaged squirrel. What an amazing coat he has!
I thoroughly enjoyed this post, thank you.

Penelope Puddlisms said...

I visited the Grand Canyon many years ago and the breath and beauty of it has stayed in my mind. I wonder if the squirrel thought you might toss it a peanut after one of those clicks with the camera. :)

TexWisGirl said...

i REALLY like their cute little dappled coats!

Noushka said...

My godness!
They are so cute and friendly!
I bet you had a ball!! I would had too!
Lovely pictures and fantastic view over the Grand canyon!
I hope you will show us some more! :)

Carver said...

Fantastic shots of the majestic landscapes and the rock squirrel is adorable.

Gail Dixon said...

The rock squirrel is so cute!! I love the spots on his fur. The vistas you captured are stunning!!!

gigihawaii said...

Cute little critters. Enthralling, wasn't it?

Kerri Farley said...

Wonderful post! Great Scenery and those squirrels are so cute!!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Sometimes the vistas are so huge and grand and amazing that you just have to stop and focus on something you can wrap your mind around. The darling little squirrel is a great way to do that.

Mama Zen said...

That squirrel is just adorable!

Birgitta said...

Wow! Fantastic photo series!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Amazing views and the squirrels are so cute. Great photos. Have a good week Diane

Tanya Breese said...

oh my gosh, i love your squirrel pictures, adorable!!! i went to the grand canyon as a kid, i was scared i'd fall in lol

Mary said...

Your photos of the landscape are breathtaking and the squirrels are so cute!!

Linda@arichtapestry said...

I would be happy to sit and look at that stunning view too. I like the new cartoon version of your header!

squirrel said...

Great story with the squirrel. Several times during me travel earlier this year I saw squirrels and chipmunks sitting and enjoying the view. Some would have a snack while they looked out at the vastness but when the snack was done the stayed. They inspired me to stay a bit longer myself while other visitors came and went the squirrels and I stayed. I am so glad you had the same experience and shared . Thanks for visiting me blog.

Brian King said...

Fantastic shots of those little guys! That is some gorgeous country! Awesome view!

Linda Gross said...

Great shots of the squirrel, as well as the canyon!

Rambling Woods said...

What a view for that cutie....I think you had mentioned a bird bath in a comment. If you have an outside plug, it is easy to find one. I have used Amazon or other places. I have one on the deck railing and one on the ground for rabbits and deer.. They are as busy as the feeders...Michelle

Kay said...

Oh my gosh! These are fabulous photos of that squirrel and the canyon!!!