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Kentucky Color: Divinity of Procreation

By Billy Joe Fudge

In all my years of traversing the hills and hollers of the Great Wooded South, I am continually amazed by the discovery in almost every step! Recently, some of those steps were almost completely silent. I found myself walking through a mature stand of Loblolly pine which was a peninsula surrounded on three sides by mature hardwoods. The bed of pine needle duff was allowing me to travel in silent mode.

Video: Divinity of Procreation

Suddenly, from the hardwood canopy just ahead I began to hear sounds which seemed almost alien. Cautiously, I crept ahead. Was it chirping birds, a feeding frenzy, a murder of crows or some species heretofore undiscovered by man? I've heard squirrels bark thousands of times while I was hunting and working in the woods and that was the only associational past experience that my data banks could make. Yet, it was several minutes before I could creep close enough to see what was making all the commotion.

Upon arrival of visual mode, I thought this might be a territorial dispute between two male Fox Squirrels but somehow there appeared to be a certain intimacy or playfulness in the furor taking place above my head.

Then, as evident in the video, the torrent of activity ceased. A calm came over the entire area as the mating dance culminated in a moment of intimacy that I shall not share. Shortly, they separated and only a few feet from the other, they both found a limb upon which to rest and savor the experience. Only a few feet above my head both looked down at me with blissful stares. Out of respect for the moment and the divinity of procreation, I took no pictures.

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