Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Nature Notes: A rare sighting



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I have a book about Pickles The Fire Cat in which Pickles goes up a fire truck ladder and then climbs high to rescue a kitten. I love this book! It also reminds me of something I saw once (a joke, maybe) about how you never see kitten skeletons in trees. But what if you did call the fire department to rescue a cat stuck in a tree? Would they come? What would they charge you? How hard would they laugh while they run the ladder up the tree?

Clearly I do not have enough life experiences.

I have a one-mile running route in my neighborhood and I wanted you all to know that we have a rare sort of tree here sans kittens. I'm sure some of you have seen the same type of tree. It never fails to make me smile.

Can you identify the tree below? The morning was full of glare and clouds and once again I became the neighborhood stalker taking photos in the early morning. I hope you can see well enough...



All I can think of is the kite-eating tree from Charlie Brown, but this is a basketball & football hybrid. No kites. These three balls have been in the tree at least since last summer, but without leaves they really stand out.

8 comments:

Crafty Green Poet said...

they do look weird just sitting there like some kind of strange growth on the branches!

EG Wow said...

OH my! I wonder why they stay up there!

Carver said...

That is so funny. It looks like they are perfectly balanced. I have also wondered about the fire department and cats. I suspect that if they ever did that it was way back when (possibly when I was young but doubtful they'd do it now).

Crafty Green Poet said...

Hi again, thanks for your comment on my blog about the dippers. I think I had added a hyperlink to my post to take you to a page where you could find out more about dippers, but just in case I didn't here's the page: http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/d/dipper/index.aspx

Rose said...

I think I would have to throw another one or two up there....speaking of cats and trees...how about a cat that gets on houses. My kitty that has the question mark tail, Puss Puss, always gets up on our house in better weather. I have no idea, unless it is because it is there. She goes up a trellis...took us a while to figure how she got up there.

Leora said...

I remember the book about Pickles! I've been learning how to make pickles.

I suppose in the spring, when the tree has leaves, it will be easier to identify. We live in a town with some tree experts, so sometimes I ask them.

Arija said...

Maybe this year the conditions will be just right and those balls will produce some new fruit like kites???

No not kittens, who would feed them up there anyway?

Rambling Woods said...

LOL...if only they could talk....what an end... Michelle