I know Gaylord because of his notched right ear. Of all the grey squirrels that visit my feeding table, he is the tamest. I've enjoyed his antics all winter so I thought he deserved being immortalized.
Sharing his gentle nature with the world just makes me smile. This photograph reminds me of one of those old Flemish portraits I've seen in the museum. Such a coy expression and that halo of fur!
Now, some of my friends are beginning to think I need to get out more but honestly I love these quiet sheltered days around the fire. Studying the lovely light on Gaylord's fur is a very pleasant contemplative activity. It also serves to remind myself that all Nature is sacred and is worthy of our attention and appreciation. You might consider the contemplative possibilities of Natures smallest creatures.... (Sorry, got to run...Gaylord's seed bowl is empty again!)