10 February 2008

The color of spring's squirrels

At about this time of year, when we are halfway through winter, people start thinking that soon they'll be trading snow's white for spring's green. At least that's how it is here in the Northeast.

In Brevard, N.C., however, folks stick with white, right up through May. And it's not because of unseasonally late snow storms.

This is the fifth year of that community's White Squirrel Festival. I've never been to it - in fact I have never even been to a Gray Squirrel Festival or a Black Squirrel Festival - but you can be sure the whole town goes (appropriately) nuts.

What's extra nice is that this year's festival is occurring within the Chinese New Year of the Rodent (or the Rat, to be more precise).

For some squirrels, it doesn't get much better than this!


Crafty Green Poet said...

I love the idea of a white squirrel festival and I think its time Edinburgh started one as we have a lot of white squirrel sightings...

Damama T said...

I worked in Pasadena, TX, for a while. The office was near an older residential neighborhood, so at lunch lots of days several of us would go for a walk around the block. One day we were all amazed to see a white squirrel scampering around being all squirrely cute. I thought he was just an albino. Now, with you talking about white squirrels I'm wondering if my squirrelly education is lacking in that I didn't know there was such a thing as a normal white-colored squirrel variety. It's so cool to learn new stuff!