Friday, July 18, 2014

False Alarm


The sound of coyotes woke me in the middle of the night, their voices overlapping into an eerie chorus.  
When they quieted, I could hear insect music streaming through the window on the cool night air.  
This is not an ordinary summer.

Usually, by this time of year, the only sound we hear at night is the air conditioner, 
and chipmunks, who all quake in their dens at sound of the coyotes, rarely venture out in the heat.




This week has been deliciously cool, and chipmunks spend the mornings outside, 
the little ones staging mock battles and looking for food.
I watched one on the deck, going about his business until suddenly he put on the brakes,
 startled by what was before him.








It was a carpendar ant, made in Mexico of stones and metal.  
It set up shop on our deck several years ago and has been working away quite diligently ever since.

Apparently, his saw is rather dull, because he's still working on the same piece of wood he started on when he came.

Fortunately for the chipmunk, the ant is far too preoccupied to represent much of a threat.  
And we're going to leave him be, because we can't wait to see what he's making.



Linking with Saturday's Critters


19 comments:

Horst in Edmonton said...

Awesome captures, love the series of photos and that cute Chipmunk.

Margaret Adamson said...

that is hilarious. Very clear shots and a lovely little critter.

Marco Luijken said...

Hello Connie,
Very nice shots!! That last one is very funny, a nice and creative mouse trap.

Best regards,
Marco

eileeninmd said...

Hello Connie,

I love the cute chipmunk and the ant is so funny. I love it.. Thanks for linking up and sharing your post with my critter party. Have a happy weekend!

Frank said...

A super series of the cute little Chipmunk's encounter with the Ant.

Mary Cromer said...

How adorable is that, the giant ant and the Chipmunk. Your shares always being a smile.

TexWisGirl said...

that's just too cute! :) like the carpenter ant, too. :)

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

The chipmunk is adorable! I have a feeling you'll have to wait for a very long time to see what the ant is making though. :)

Brian King said...

haha! Those are awesome! We don't have any of those little guys running around here. Just their bigger cousins.

Sandra said...

Such a cute little chipmunk and I love the way he stopped in his tracks when he saw your metal and stone ant!
You always photograph wild animals so beautifully, Connie!

bailey-road.com said...

Ha! I love the carpenter ant! And the chipmunk is so adorable. I seldom see them here.

Ela said...

So cute ! I love these photos !

Lisa Gordon said...

Oh my goodness, Connie, I just love the last photograph here! So sweet.

I hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

Felicia said...

Awwww this is a wonderful post on that adorable chipmunk and great images Connie.

bettyl-NZ said...

How cute--both of them!

Barb said...

The photos of Chippy are wonderful - love his bemused expression. That carpenter ant is one I wouldn't mind on my deck!

Gonnie van de Schans said...

They look very cute these chipmunks. I love your story by the photo's.
Greetings, Gonnie

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Cute series. Clever. We got a little of the cool for a night or two, but the heat pushed its way in during the day. We won't see any of that until late October. Waiting ...

pattisjarrett said...

That little chipmunk is cute! Love the carpenter ant! How clever!