I noticed a fallen branch in my backyard.
Heading outside, I realized it was a pine branch. Strange, given that no yard neighboring mine has pine trees.
Getting closer, I found this gorgeous sculpture.
So caught up in its beauty, it took me a minute to realize that I was looking at a squirrel's work.
The squirrel had brought this branch to my yard, found a quiet spot, and set to freeing pine nuts.
Valuable calories for the rodent. Art for me.
These photos can't do the reality justice--stripped like this, the Fibonacci number pattern is clear, a shimmery silver on each edge.
I'll cherish this natural wonder for a while, then give it to an artisan I know. Perhaps she'll work it into one of her pieces, or simply enjoy it on its own merits.
Where have you been amazed lately? Any sweet surprises from critters?