Sometimes, if you sit in one place long enough, things start to happen. Slowly at first, then all at once. Perhaps it starts with the rustle of tree leaves, or the sound of little feet on bark, or the flash of a fuzzy little tail, and then before your very eyes, the place that once seemed abandoned is bustling with local activity. Take a closer look at the photo above, at first glance it appears to be a dead aspen tree, but if you sit quietly for long enough, the tree is anything but. With in the curves of its hollowed out trunk and branches is a microcosm teaming with life.
Specifically the lives of two precocious little chipmunks. Catching them in a photograph was no easy task. These two very industrious critters were rarely in one place for more than a second or two.
This one was kind enough (or perhaps curious enough about me) to let me snap a few before he went off to harvest more grass seed.
The more time I spend like this the more it seems to happen, these little moments of connection, of awareness. I have also noticed that they most often happen early in the morning. Perhaps that's just me, but I am slowly becoming a morning person for this very reason. It's just such a wonderful way to start the day!
So next time you find yourself in nature and have a moment to sit, listen and observe, I hope you take it. And say hello to those cheeky chipmunks for me.
*Last time in Nature: Sunflower Sprouts Part Two