Yes, it is way past Groundhog Day; and no, this is not Punxsutawney Phil! This little guy that I’ve named St. Mary’s Mac was on a hillside above a McDonald’s where my husband and I found ourselves having lunch last week while on a drive practically in the middle of nowhere. That day in the rural countryside I can tell you that the golden arches were a find indeed!
I was sitting where I could see out the window and when I glanced over my husband’s shoulder I saw little Mac sunning himself there beside a pole. When we finished eating I got my camera from the car and snapped a quick shot of him before he disappeared.
Groundhogs always remind me of the dancing gopher in the old 1980 movie Caddyshack. I guess because they are the nearest thing I know to a gopher. That dancing gopher was one of the best parts of the movie. On this day, Little Mac's alert pose reminded me of Meerkat Manor on the TV show Animal Planet. At that moment though without benefit of TV or theatre, it was pretty cool to be sitting in McDonald’s watching my own real life wildlife show.
Ah, yes, animals coming out of hibernation – just another reminder that Spring is on it’s way!