The work on the monstrous garage behind us continues, and the giant earth mover still sits on the mud that was once a wildflower meadow. This experience has upset my equilibrium more than I ever thought possible, and I will never adapt to this change. Never.


Animals have no time to indulge in such drama. We’ve had a red squirrel hanging out in our yard for a couple of winters, which is unusual in this neighborhood. It appears as if this little creature has turned the situation to its advantage, and made a home in the earth mover.


After stuffing its mouth with seeds, it scampers up the immense treads and disappears into the cab, adding to what must be a sizable cache. I wonder if it sleeps in there too.


Sometimes, it pops out the back to gaze defiantly down on the construction chaos.


I have to admire how this tiny animal shrugged off the noise and disruption and even found itself a new shelter – in other words, adapting.


About dirtynailz

Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.
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6 Responses to Adaptation

  1. herbdoc says:

    And if someone tries to run that machine, he may be in for a nasty surprise! Red squirrels tend not to be the most pleasant of the squirrel family, and in addition to dining on the seeds, he may have a penchant for chewing on wires! 🙂 You go, little guy (or gal)!


    • dirtynailz says:

      I hear you. It’ll be interesting to see what happens when the operator starts that thing up again. I hope the squirrel won’t be evicted, and that this is just a place to stash some seeds.


  2. Lee says:

    I tellya, you sure made a fine photo capture with this one. If you didn’t have to look at it, I’d guess you’d rather the squirrel use the earth mover than the humans.


    • dirtynailz says:

      Most definitely, Lee. I found it very uplifting to see how bold and busy he was, just getting on with his life. Not brooding about it like me.


  3. That’s animals for you. They simply adapt to whatever we force on them. Kind of sad in a way, really.


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