This week: the debut of 'The Groundhog King'*
This week, dear readers, you have an opportunity to experience a landmark chapter in the history of this column with the debut of our first nature documentary.
As far as I know, the newspaper has never presented a nature documentary. I suppose that’s mainly because it would be a little difficult to present a video on paper. Then again, who knows...maybe in 10 or 20 or a hundred years, such a thing will be possible...
The idea of creating the newspaper’s first documentary came to mind after The Other Half and I watched an episode of “Nature” one evening last week.
The episode was about squirrels. I did not know that there was so much to learn about squirrels. For example, did you know there are approximately 12,000 species of squirrels? Well, there aren’t. I just made that up.
One species of squirrel does have a very unique way to scare away a rattlesnake. This is a good thing, because a rattlesnake would like to have a squirrel for lunch. Not as a guest. As the main course. If you want to know what the squirrel does, check out the “Nature” episode about squirrels, which you can find online.
Enough about squirrels. Now, let’s get really nutty...
At this point, you are now required to use your imagination, mainly because it’s a little hard for me to share a sound track with you. So, in your mind, you are now hearing music from “The Lion King.”
However, instead of a lion wandering around somewhere in Africa, our hero will be a groundhog, or woodchuck, wandering around somewhere in Union County.
In keeping with the sound track which is filtering through your mind, and won’t ever go away now, I guess we’ll call our documentary “The Groundhog King.” Or, if you prefer, “The Woodchuck King.”
One day last week, your intrepid documentary photographer happened to spot a groundhog doing whatever groundhogs do in the middle of the day. Mostly, the critter seemed to do its best to get away from the photographer.
*or, 'The Woodchuck King,' depending on what you happen to call the critter...