red fruit vanishes
into bulging chipmunk cheeks
summer’s final fling
Seen from my kitchen window this morning. Not the squirrel above, but our resident chipmunk.
For several days I’ve watched birds and squirrels raiding our giant yew shrub. One ripe red berry at a time. The shrub is loaded with them. This morning our small chipmunk was storing them up for a feast. He lives inside one of the large concrete blocks that form a low wall in our back yard.
And…in case you don’t already know. Yew shrubs and trees are totally poisonous to humans except for the red flesh on the berries. Don’t swallow the seeds! And, above all, don’t try the bark or the shiny green needless. You can read more about this right here.
This morning we’re still getting a bit of rain from Florence. Hoping for clear skies and a chance to walk outside soon.
©Elouise Renich Fraser, 18 September 2018
Photo found at pinterest