Friday, December 30, 2011

Squirreled Away

Today little bear explored the urban forest a bit more and discovered a huge pile of spruce cone flakes. Little bear could have buried himself in the pile, it was that large! Even in the urban forest, there are signs of life.

Some little squirrel decided that this tree would be its lunch or dinner spot. The flakes and centres of the cones fall to the ground and create a mound or midden of cone debris. Clearly it is not cold enough to send the squirrels into hibernation, for just a little farther along, little bear encountered a squirrel having a snack. Even denizens of the forest make a mess and create piles of debris.

The difference between them and us is that most of our debris is not biodegradable. Our debris, our midden piles will still be around centuries and millenia from now. Little bear wonders at our lifestyle...

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