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autumn 2014 squirrel
grey tree squirrel

This Japanese Stewartia tree is  just beyond my window.
I often look down to see what birds are at the bird feeder or what the tree squirrels are up to.
It's that time of year when the tree squirrels climb the tree and forage the nuts.

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Beautiful image ~ filled with wonder and honor for the season ... and our wild friends!
Always a happy surprise, when I hear from you..You are such a dear blogging friend..I know I am lousy lately, but trying to get on with my life..
Hope you enjoyed your holiday..all my girls/husbands/grandchildren were here..quite a crowd..20 of us..Much to be thankful for..
Sending you love and many blessings..xoxoCarolyn/Rosebud
Bella Cirovic said…
I think I'm in love with this photo! So crisp! Thank you for adding to {Look Down}.
Sending you Christmas wishes..
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year..
May you be blessed with every gift God can give..May our New Year be the best..

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