Breakfast with a Tree Squirrel

Ponderosa State Park, McCall, Idaho, 2013

Materials: Douglas fir cones in recycled plastic cereal bag


Ponderosa State Park, McCall, Idaho

On August 4, 2013, I crawled out of the tent and built a fire to sit by while reading from Rebecca Solnit's book The Faraway Nearby.  It was one of those perfect chilly mornings with clear blue skies, in the town where I grew up as a child.  Soon my quiet morning turned noisy as there were loud pops from the Douglas fir tree in the campsite next to us.  At first, I thought it was the rays of the morning sun warming the old wood of the tree, but then realized it was a tree squirrel enjoying breakfast in the top branches.  The squirrel was inadvertantly dropping green pine cones covered in sap onto the forest floor below.  The loud pops came from the pine cones hitting the roof of the RV.