Wednesday, November 16, 2011

It is dusk.  As I water the plants, the light fades.  I hear the frightened squeak of a squirrel on a nearby tree.  I look to see why.  It's unusual to hear a squirrel squeak like this at this time of the day.  Is it a snake I wonder, or an early owl?  The squirrel comes racing down the tree and runs past me.  As I watch, I see a head poking down--a weasely sort of head and then an animal comes down the tree, so intent on the chase, it doesn't seem to notice me.  I instinctively turn the hose on it, so that the squirrel can escape.  The animal is startled and runs away.  There is not enough light for me to see any markings clearly.  The general shape is between that of a cat and a giant squirrel. It's probably a toddy cat and rare to see at that time in the day, it being very much a nocturnal creature.  As usual, no photo!
* After some googling, I think what I saw was an Asian Palm civet.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

I love the moonlight!  Tonight is a full moon light and I can't resist the call of the moonlight.  I walk outside, with minimal lights on, so as to savour the moonlight fully.  It is so bright, I would be able to see a snake move, even without my glasses.  There is a faint gauzy mist and oh so pleasantly cool. Dog & I walk for a while.  I come back inside reluctantly.