#PictureOfTheDay and #writingprompt: 25/Nov/21

Pictures to inspire words and images. Perhaps a poem, painting, story, play, novel, drawing, memoire, essay, sculpture, or a new photograph? Up to you. Or just enjoy the pictures. My images are untitled to avoid direction. But, if you want it, the title, probably unnecessary for this one, is here.

Using the prompt? Post a link to your work, or the work itself, in the comments section, if you wish. If you post elsewhere, please link to this post, so more people see both our creations.

Get those creative juices flowing and have some fun.

Occasionally, inspired by the image, I’ll write here:

Grey Squirrel
I came not here by my own hand
but was imported by those
peculiar Victorians
as an object of curiosity
with no thought given to
my effect on native reds
So please blame me not
for daring to exist
far from my homeland
no one asked me if I wished to invade
no one consulted me about the move
and if I had had my own way
I would have stayed in
North America
my proper home
and left old England
to my red cousins.

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13 thoughts on “#PictureOfTheDay and #writingprompt: 25/Nov/21

  1. I have a special place in my heart for squirrels, probably irrationally so – but I collect acorns each fall to feed those who live in ap lace without oak trees!

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    1. Plenty of acorns here, Noelle. And too many grey squirrels – they carry a lethal virus that kills our native red squirrels, unfortunately. See my replay to Brenda, below.

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    1. It certainly has, Lynette. We have no red squirrels in the forest, but we did see a few when we went to the Isle of White, and they remain present in various small pockets in mainly northern England and in Scotland.

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  3. So this fellow is a transplant from the U.S. to “Merry Old England” via some means, not his own, but he is there anyway. Many immigrants can feel for his plight if he is not wanted or tolerated. He is oblivious and “Just wants to survive!” He is an adorable guy and let’s hope he is happy in his new home and accepted.

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    1. As so often happens, Brenda, a species is introduced to a foreign land with no real thought given tot he potential consequences. It happened in Australia when rabbits were introduced and rapidly ate much of the grass farmers intended to feed their cattle! In the case of the lively grey squirrel, it carries a virus to which it is impervious, but which is deadly to the native red squirrel population and this has more or less wiped out the red squirrel from most of England. The grey is also quite destructive of certain trees and does a lot of damage to our forests. But it’s not the squirrels’ fault; they were captured from the wild and transported here by vain Victorian landowners who thought they were cute and would enhance their property in the eyes of their peers.
      We enjoy watching their antics, and they generally strip our six hazel trees of their nuts long before we have the chance to collect any! But they’re welcome to the food.

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