Raining Pinecones!
14 hours ago

We have a little Douglas Squirrel (Tamiasciurus douglasii) that harvests the pinecones from the Japanese Black Pine that is over our house and deck. The little guy gets up there and quickly chews off hundreds of the green, hard cones at a frenetic pace. Sometimes 2 or 3 seconds apart. They bang when they hit the roof and then again when they bounce off and hit the deck. Quite noisy, literally raining pinecones.

The Douglas Squirrel is under pressure from the more common and invasive Eastern Gray. They are about half the size but our local population seems to be holding their own against them. I love these little guys. They are so animated.

Here's the little guy.

Where is the next pinecone?

Ah, here's one!

Bombs away!

"That's why we're photographers. We're preservationists by nature. We take pictures to stop time, to commit moments to eternity." Ben Ryder, Kodachrome