Good-Natured Nibbling

08-28 Squirrel Performer
Eyes wide,
Charm dialed high-
Ain’t too proud to




08-28 Bird
Fast feathers
Refuse to linger,
But dine and dash




08-28 Single Elk
Some seek solitude,
And fortitude,
grazing in the

08-28 Elk Group
Or find one another,
Privacy behind cover,
Communing under nature’s



About the photos:

  • Squirrel – this photo was taken at the Grand Canyon.  This little guy, and his troupe of performers, were well-trained in charming (or stealing) food from unsuspecting canyon gawkers.  This squirrel tried pockets and zippers of this unattended backpack before raising on his hind legs as if he was begging.
  • Blue colored bird – I don’t know what kind of bird this is, but there is a pair of them that regularly swoop down into a group of trees in front of our kitchen window.  They have a sixth sense for photography and always manage to fly away before I get a shot.  Well, until this day.  I waited outside for about half an hour and finally caught him picking up a berry or acorn before flying off.  It was worth the dozen mosquito bites.  Really!
  • Single Elk – My husband and I had a discussion about whether this was deer or elk.  He says elk, and he might be right because I don’t think deer are quite as stout, and I’m not sure if deer have the tuft of hair on their neck.
  • Two Elk – These two wouldn’t budge from the shelter of the cluster of aspen trees.  Several of us inched closer to take photos, but we still kept a good thirty feet between us.  Well, there was one idiot brave person that moved closer, but I stayed back.  Getting attacked by elk is not on my bucket list.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a beautiful Wednesday 🙂



41 thoughts on “Good-Natured Nibbling

    • jannatwrites August 28, 2013 / 7:19 AM

      Thanks for the reblog, Duke. This reminded me – I forgot to swing by your blog last time you commented. I apologize. The next couple days I won’t have much computer access, but will be by soon to see what’s going on with your writing.

      • 1959duke August 28, 2013 / 7:35 AM

        No problem for you. You never have to apologize for anything. The blog has changed in many ways. I guess those liberal roots from the 1970’s are coming back. I find myself writing about women’s issues. Not is a naughty way. So much of the stuff on here is degrading to women. I want when a woman clicks on my blog she knows she is safe. Friday is the 2 year anniversary of the shoulder surgery. Wow. Take Care. I do have an LLC now. Its called get me out of here.

        • jannatwrites August 29, 2013 / 10:29 PM

          I finally made it over to your blog and read a while. You’ve been busy, Duke!

        • 1959duke August 30, 2013 / 2:27 AM

          I know real exciting stuff! The 2 surgeries did change me. Especially the neck one. I’m not as tolerate of others when it comes to nonsense. Just tell me what we are dealing with and we can handle it. This ongoing battle to try and get my dad’s estate settled has taken its toll.

  1. I Am Jasmine Kyle August 28, 2013 / 5:33 AM

    What a FUN shoot! hope you had a good time!

    • jannatwrites August 28, 2013 / 7:20 AM

      I’m not great at capturing animals in photos. It’s taken a few years to accumulate them and it felt right to put them in this post. Thanks for reading, Jasmine! Now that you’re back, I’ll visit your blog soon 🙂

      • I Am Jasmine Kyle August 28, 2013 / 10:23 AM

        Oh there great! Secret to shooting animals… LOTS OF SHOTS!

        • jannatwrites August 29, 2013 / 11:13 PM

          Well, I do a little better since I got a telephoto lens. I ca snap from a distance 🙂

        • I Am Jasmine Kyle August 30, 2013 / 1:23 AM

          I love telephoto!

    • jannatwrites August 28, 2013 / 7:22 AM

      I appreciate you stopping by, Phil! I enjoyed putting this post together…but the formatting took me longer than writing the poem and prepping the photos 🙂

  2. Eric Alagan August 28, 2013 / 6:05 AM

    Love especially the squirrel and the bird – your snippets brought a smile. Many thanks for that 🙂

    • jannatwrites August 28, 2013 / 7:23 AM

      I’m glad it brought a smile, Eric! The squirrel was hilarious. It was apparent that he was well-trained in foraging for people’s food.

  3. Tessa August 28, 2013 / 6:30 AM

    Nice pics, can’t like again so have to comment, then I should be able to like again. We shall see.

    • jannatwrites August 28, 2013 / 7:24 AM

      Thanks, Tessa. I appreciate you taking time to stop by and look at them.

  4. nrhatch August 28, 2013 / 7:46 AM

    Lovely! The poem and pics.

    • jannatwrites August 29, 2013 / 10:30 PM

      Thanks, Nancy. It was fun compiling them!

  5. Debbie August 28, 2013 / 8:37 AM

    I love this, Janna — so restful and beautiful! You’ve shared some interesting photos — I don’t know whether that’s an elk or a deer, either. Our squirrels regularly pop up like that one. They usually do it in the middle of the road, kind of like they forgot something and just remembered to look for it!

    • jannatwrites August 29, 2013 / 10:34 PM

      Squirrels are funny. Squirrels with memory problems- that’s pure entertainment 🙂 Thanks for reading, Debbie!

  6. evaaliaaa August 28, 2013 / 9:12 AM

    This is adorable!

    • jannatwrites August 29, 2013 / 10:37 PM

      I’m glad you enjoyed it, Eva. Thanks for stopping by!

      • evaaliaaa August 30, 2013 / 3:02 PM

        I’ll be sure to keep up with your blog!

        • jannatwrites August 30, 2013 / 9:48 PM

          I appreciate you stopping by, Evaaliaaa…I hope you do visit often 🙂

        • evaaliaaa September 1, 2013 / 2:18 PM

          Sure 🙂 I hope you’ll give my blog a read and follow to if you like!!

        • jannatwrites September 1, 2013 / 11:16 PM

          I stopped by your blog and get a message that the blog doesn’t exist. I’ll check again soon.

        • evaaliaaa September 2, 2013 / 10:42 AM


        • jannatwrites September 2, 2013 / 7:49 PM

          Ah, works much better!

  7. Lance August 28, 2013 / 3:22 PM

    The photos are gorgeous and tell their own stories superenhanced by your well-chosen words.

    • jannatwrites August 29, 2013 / 11:35 PM

      Thanks, Lance! I hesitated about posting so may photos in one post, but I finally decided they belonged together.

  8. gene3067 August 28, 2013 / 6:15 PM

    Your poetry fit the pictures perfectly. I love it. Is that elk pregnant? It looks big in the belly to me.

    • jannatwrites August 29, 2013 / 11:36 PM

      You know, it does look a little hefty (I hope that doesn’t offend her :)) She just might be. Thanks for reading and sharing your comment, Gene.

      • gene3067 September 3, 2013 / 7:24 PM


  9. pattisj August 28, 2013 / 9:12 PM

    Your bird looks like one of the scrub jays. Loved your photos, and don’t blame you for staying clear of the elk. Smart girl!

    • jannatwrites August 29, 2013 / 11:37 PM

      Elk are very sturdy animals…I, however, am not 🙂 I wondered what kind of bird it was. Thanks for the ID, Patti!

  10. Bryan Ens August 28, 2013 / 9:32 PM

    the begging squirrel had me hooked right off the bat. Wonderful poem!

    • jannatwrites August 29, 2013 / 11:38 PM

      Thanks, Bryan! I’m glad you liked the performer 🙂

  11. vishalbheeroo August 29, 2013 / 7:04 AM

    Different nature of beings who find solace and expression in various forms. So well described:)

    • jannatwrites August 29, 2013 / 11:39 PM

      Nice summation, Vishal. Thanks for reading!

  12. agjorgenson August 29, 2013 / 7:57 PM

    Thanks, you brought a smile to my face.

    • jannatwrites August 29, 2013 / 11:39 PM

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post, Allen!

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