Saturday, June 13, 2009

The Chipmunk and Rose Bud

Saturday evening we enjoyed a leisurely walk
along the Marginal Way in Ogunquit
with the beach roses in full bloom.
It was heavenly!

(you can take in the views at my Shells and Roses blog by clicking here)

As we walked, little chipmunks would scurry by
and one in particular caught our attention and
we paused to watch. We noticed it ran under the
beach roses. The leaves on the shrub were moving
and we realized that chippy was climbing inside
of it.
As he (or she) reached the top,
the chipmunk's head appeared and chippy began
to eat the rose buds.
It was fascinating to see this tiny creature sitting in
the rosa rugosas by the sea enjoying the roses in a different
manner from us!

As we continued on our way, we came upon this appropriate in many ways, especially
after our observations with the chipmunk!

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread,
places to play in and pray in,
where nature may heal and cheer
and give strength to body and soul alike."
John Muir


Purple Flowers said...

I love chipmunks. We have alot of them that scurry around in and out of our garden. They are so cute to look at and watch their antics.

Nan and =^..^= said...

Purple Flowers,
Glad you stopped by! I love chipmunks, too! We have many resident chipmunks in our yard and now we seem to see them everywhere...amazing what they like to eat...even grapes that they steal from a fruit stand!

Judy Hartman said...

What a lovely quote! The chipmunk in the rosebush makes an adorable picture. I see them around my yard and can't believe how quickly they can disappear into the tiniest cracks in a stone wall. They are like little entertainers!

Nan and =^..^= said...

Hi Judy H,
Isn't that a wonderful quote, I had seen it on another blog and was so surprised to see it on the Marginal Way! That chipmunk sure was an entertainer without trying..he drew quite a crowd as he merrily ate quite a few rosebuds!

Roses and Lilacs said...

I wonder how he manages to climb among those thorns. Wouldn't you think they would hurt his little feet.

I put oranges out for the catbirds but so far they aren't ready to try them.

Karen Lowry said...
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Karen L R said...

oh bother, i do get so muddled by the internet sometimes........i meant to post this:

perfect posting...picture and words together.

Naturegirl said...

How lucky is that chipper to have rosebuds as its snack!Now I've learned something that I never knew!Imagine that...really smiling now! NG

Q said...

Such cuteness!
Everyone DOES need beauty as well as bread!

Anonymous said...

We have lots of chipmunks here also. Just wish I could get a good picture of one.

Love the John Muir quote.

Nan and =^..^= said...

That is a good question about the thorns... Hmmmm,I don't understand why your catbird isn't interested in the oranges.

Karen LR, thanks!

It was the cutest thing to watch, we were totally amazed as were some of the others who paused to observe!

Thanks for visiting...I feel that quote is one to always keep in mind...

I wish you good luck in photographing chipmunks..they can be mighty fast at times!

oldcrow61 said...

Lovely pictures. That chipmunk is just the cutest.

ShySongbird said...

What a pretty little creature and as I mentioned on Shells and Roses a lovely quote too Nan.