Well a pretty little town with loads of trees in New York can, Happy Monday.
Squirrels are all over the town, so many I could not post them all. They are hand painted or crafted by artisans and sponsored by local business and community. This is my kind of squirrel, a happy, considerate ambassador to the town.
And my favorite… isn’t she a beauty all glammed up in bling?
The town of Olean is very beautiful with old historic structures, a pretty town park, and wide welcoming streets. Too bad they have the old, overhead wiring. I could have Photoshopped it out to enhance the image, but it does make a statement about having them in such a beautiful town.
Fall is the best time to visit because the trees are in full color and the skies are crisp, bright blue. The businesses are landscaped with pretty annuals and since they are south of Niagara Falls, still blooming nicely.
Olean, NY is almost on the Pennsylvania border. The area reminded me a lot of where I grew up in Pennsylvania. Although, I am from south-eastern PA, I was reminded by the fall color, quaint historic town, comforting, enveloping mountains and the abundant number of squirrels.
Lovely wide streets with a nice configuration of parking are throughout the town. Funny to see meters though, but I bet the fees help to keep the park tidy. The church at the end of the street above is a nice terminus to the tree-lined view. It is a very old and well landscaped structure.
Maybe it is because they do not have as many nuts trees in the community. We have numerous black walnut and oak, which the squirrels seem to relish and like to bury in the most unusual places.
Well, back to the real squirrels in my neighborhood. Meet Gilbert, my friendly squirrel in residence in my pear tree. The tree is seen to the left of Gilbert in the photo, below. He is a bit shy, that, or he does not want me to see what he has stolen from the garden. I am pretty sure it is not any of the bulbs I planted, although there were numerous holes in the bed. He certainly tried to find them since he is a persistent little fellow.
Gilbert hiding the bounty
Busy little rodent, five holes, left, four holes, right.
Gilbert’s grab from a few days ago, a once juicy tomato fresh from the vine.
Either Gilbert is a really smart squirrel or really dumb rodent. Smart, because all winter he has free rein on the bird feeders and in summer raids the garden at will.
The tree to the left is a Bradford pear, mine is Redspire, also a Pyrus calleryana. Not as prone to wind damage, but … sorry Gilbert, it is a very windy, rainy day today. Bet you have a headache by now rocking back and forth.