Say Hello to my Little Friend – Part Two

I wrote a while back about riding my bike in the colder winter temps without my dog and feeding the squirrels  in her absence. The little guys don’t have as much to eat with the cold temps and thinned ranks of tourists on the lakefront.

I learned something new the other day. I stopped for a rest around Buckingham Fountain and was tossing nuts to a squirrel when I wondered if he would take one out of my fingers. I know they are wild animals (tiny, but still wild), but I thought if I held a long peanut, there wasn’t much chance of getting bit.

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I tried that andhe took it out of my fingers and scampered away to eat it. What I didn’t realize is that this apparently removed a barrier between us. He no longer considered my a possible predator, just a source of food. We had become buddies. The next time I was holding a peanut he ran up my leg to get it. As you can see below, I had my iPhone videocamera ready.

As you can see from the video, I was able to catch him in the act.

You can see my previous squirrely encounter here.

Tony

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Fall Foliage Near Downtown Chicago

Here are a couple of examples of fall foliage that we can see in downtown Chicago at the Lakefront. I shot both of these on South Columbus Drive just one street east of the famous Michigan Avenue.

Doesn’t it look like these trees are being ‘frosted’ like a bunch of cupcakes?

I especially like the ‘frosted’ effect on both of these photos. Where the leaves look like they were partially frosted, but the job isn’t complete yet.

South Columbus Drive is the staging area for parades, like St. Patrick’s Day and Cinco de Mayo.

I got these riding my bike Saturday.

Tony