Beech Forest Trail

5.10.09 ~ Provincetown, Massachusetts
red squirrel ~ 5.10.09 ~ Provincetown, Massachusetts

I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.
~ Henry David Thoreau
(Walking)

Yesterday Karma was blogging about red squirrels. Now seems as good a time as any to pull out this old blog and post it here. The picture above is one of my rare successes (in my humble opinion) photographing wildlife.

5.10.09 ~ Provincetown, Massachusetts
chickadee ~ 5.10.09 ~ Provincetown, Massachusetts

One of the things we did on our anniversary was take a walk on Beech Forest Trail at Cape Cod National Seashore. It felt so peaceful and invigorating being out in the salty fresh air and filtered sunlight… At one point a little chickadee flew very close to me and landed on a branch at eye-level, just inches from me. I put out my hand but he declined to land on it, disappointed because I had no seeds for him. But he stayed close and talked to me for a bit, posing for pictures on his little branch. Unfortunately the pictures came out blurry! However, a little farther along the trail, someone had put out a few seeds for the birds on a stump, but an adorable red squirrel was hogging that feast! He wouldn’t pose for my camera, but didn’t mind if I got close and tried to get a few shots with the “children and pets” setting. I’m now thinking perhaps the chickadee was asking me to shoo the red squirrel away from the seeds…
~ Barbara Rodgers
(Gaia Community, 12 May 2009)

5.10.09 ~ Provincetown, Massachusetts
chickadee ~ 5.10.09 ~ Provincetown, Massachusetts

But indeed, it is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson
(Essays of Travel)

5.10.09 ~ Provincetown, Massachusetts
5.10.09 ~ Provincetown, Massachusetts

8 thoughts on “Beech Forest Trail”

  1. What an adorable shot, Barb! I’m jealous of how close up you got! Hubby and I go to the Cape for our anniversary too – I’d like to walk that trail sometime; do you get there from the visitor’s center in Eastham?
    As a matter of fact, I did get a quick shot of Mr. Red this morning, sitting on the fence post, but its no where near as close up as I’d like it to be. On a camping trip in Plymouth, MA, a couple years ago I got this shot of one that we were feeding our breakfast leftovers: http://www.flickr.com/photos/karmardav/2623217436/in/set-72157603631526560/
    Thank you for the shout out!

    1. Thanks, Karen! I’m not normally that lucky! Beech Forest Trail is way out in Provincetown, and there is also another smaller visitor center there, too, with wonderful views. (Province Lands Visitor Center) It’s worth the trip! http://www.nps.gov/caco/planyourvisit/upload/2009selfguidingrevise.pdf

      My sister was here this morning and I showed her your red squirrel picture – beyond adorable! We were laughing because the pancake was almost as big as he was, and we were trying to imagine what it would be like if we stumbled across a cookie as big as we are…. Thanks for the day brightener!

  2. Great photograph! Wonderful blog, yes those little wild creators are difficult to photograph and have minds of their own.

    Thank you for re-posting this blog!

    I am Love, Jeff

  3. That squirrel was a lovely consolation prize, indeed, Barbara! It is so hard to get close to them. I remember when you posted this on Gaia. All of a sudden I am feeling heart-tugging missing that community… Hope you have a good holiday weekend!

    1. I’m touched that you remembered this post, Kathy! I miss Gaia a lot, too, but I’m thoroughly distracted and enjoying this new blogging life so much that it makes the loss much easier to bear. Happy 4th of July to you and your loved ones!

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