|2013 fall foliage|
This year, the foliage looks terrible but the trees produced a lot of fruit. While many of the immature fruits dropped early on, quite a bit was left to ripen on the trees.
|Ripening fruit earlier this month|
It disappeared rather rapidly. The fruits nearest the fence top in the vegetable garden went first but these were quickly followed by the fruits on the tree in the dry garden. I initially held the raccoons responsible for knocking the fruit to the ground, even when I found a squirrel polishing off a decaying persimmon.
|I've heard that persimmons are best when they're over-ripe; however, this guy took that message to the extreme|
But the squirrels don't need help from the raccoons. After all, they have the run of the place during the day.
|Squirrel eating a persimmon right from the tree|
There are no persimmons left on either tree. Meanwhile, the squirrels are also running off with the guavas, hiding some and eating others.
Really, our backyard offers squirrels a full range of amenities.
|A comfortable seat at the birdseed bar|
|Flowers for the picking when fruit and seeds gets same-old, same-old|
|Fresh water at the fountain|
|Scenic locations to hang out|
Squirrels, they own the place.
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