Nuts about squirrels

I am sure there are some people who do not share my deep, abiding love of squirrels, and while it is difficult for me to comprehend, I do not want anyone to feel left out, so if you don’t like squirrels, watch this video while I wax lyrical about the squirrels I encountered last weekend:

Not all squirrels are equal. Just like humans, some squirrels are positively bursting with charisma, and last weekend on Staten Island I met quite possibly the most charismatic squirrel ever. To sidetrack briefly, I read somewhere that in order to take a good photograph of an animal you should try to get inside the head of the animal. Or maybe I made that up. Anyway, here’s a picture I took of what a tree must look like to a squirrel:

Squirrel's pov

Now I hate to play favourites, so before I show you the squirrel who stole my heart, let me show you a couple of photos of other squirrels I captured in action that day:

Round and round the tree...
...playing hide and seek...
I can see you.
I can still see you
After playtime comes lunchtime. Look at those dexterous paws.

Terribly cute, I’m sure you’ll agree, unless you’re still busy watching the video above. But then I looked up and saw Mr Charisma.

I first spotted him high up in the crook of a branch...
...so I got a little closer..
...and closer...
...maybe a bit too close...
...nope, I'm apparently deemed harmless.
Off in search of a new branch.
Time for a pleasurable scratch...
...and a bit of a stretch...
...a quick check of the nether regions...
...wait, where did his head go?
Maybe it was a bit invasive to photograph him grooming...
Ok, this is just the funniest expression ever.
Yhup, I'm still here.
Something caught his eye.
Hello again.
Pretending to ignore me...
...but I still won't leave...
...so he shuffles out onto a branch above my head...
...and turns the tables on me. I figure he's been generous enough with his time, so I thank him for the photos and go on my way.

If you’re still in the mood for more squirrel-related entertainment after all those pictures, I recommend checking out the now famous crasher squirrel here.

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10 thoughts on “Nuts about squirrels”

  1. These are just fabulous photos and your commentary was wonderful. I adore squirrels, and I live in a place now without many of them at all. I HATE THAT! πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for this post. It was delightful.:) And the photos. Wonderful. πŸ™‚

  2. I so enjoyed looking through your colorful nature photos, especially all those inviting paths and archways. But the shots of this squirrel are just fabulous! You captured such quirky expressions–and so close up. His coloring in the sunlight screams autumn.

    1. Squirrels have the funniest range of expressions; they make me laugh really hard, which I hope comes through a bit in my photos. Speaking of photos, I love your banner photo on your blog, very enigmatic! I just read your Hallowe’en post and think you might enjoy my Hallowe’en post on my travel blog, here’s the link if you want to check it out: http://wheresmybackpack.wordpress.com/2011/10/31/5-ingredients-for-a-proper-irish-halloween/
      Thanks for stopping by and saying hi!

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