I Wish I had a Digital Camera!

My camera requires film. It was a great camera in its day, but I can’t download the unprocessed film onto my computer. If I could, I’d show you what I’m watching right this minute:

It just rained outside, and the sky is still cloudy. The entire forest is a dripping wet emerald. Fish are nipping at the bugs on the pond’s surface, and a Great Blue Heron is nabbing the fish. And, on my patio where we feed our wild ducks corn from an old blue crock pot bowl, there is a squirrel in the bowl sitting belly-deep in water, snatching the corn off the bottom of the bowl and flicking his tail to sling the water off. He is the funniest sight! When he’s not flicking his tail, he has it hovering over his head like an umbrella.

Drake comes up, and there’s a stand-off between them. Drake fluffs his feathers and stretches his wings and makes himself look as menacing as a harmless duck can muster. It’s enough for the squirrel, though. The squirrel freezes.

They eye each other, the fluffy duck and the umbrella squirrel. It’s a waiting game. Possession is nine-tenths of the law, unless intimidated from the premises. Can the duck do it?

Squirrel rubs it in: He reaches down for another corn kernal, holds it between his tiny paws, and with what I swear to be a gleam in his eye, nibbles it in front of my hungry quacker.  He has drawn a line in the sand. “What are ya gonna do about it?”

Drake rushes the bowl in a fluff of feathers, wings and waddle–and the squirrel charges for the nearest tree, barking in his retreat.

With a shake of his belly and a twitch of his tail, Drake looks satisfied. Supper has been saved for the hungry duck.

About Linda W. Yezak

Author/Freelance Editor/Speaker (writing and editing topics).
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3 Responses to I Wish I had a Digital Camera!

  1. Shaddy says:

    Yup, you’d love a digital camera.

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  2. pprmint777 says:

    I know you use one. I’m always so jealous of your pictures!

    Like

  3. K.M. Weiland says:

    Love it! Squirrels are so hilarious. Wish you’d had a video to share!

    Like

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