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Join me for breakfast?

Join me for breakfast?
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Copyright: Kathy Meader (writerscrawlz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 2 N: 924] (2961)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-01
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS digital rebel XT, 28-300mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/90 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-15 10:15
Viewed: 2556
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo was taken shortly after sunrise. The squirrels are starting to trust me more, but have tossed away the individual corn pieces in favor of the entire cob. If I don't have an ear with me, they'll virtually ignore me and go for the peanuts.

This little guy took his time eating, reminding me that sometimes eating and enjoying one's surroundings can be enjoyable.

For once, it was I, not the squirrels that made an effort not to be noticed. This one (no name yet) would take a bite, look at me while he munched, and sometimes his tail would twitch. As long as I remained still, he showed no fear of me.

The sun hadn't quite made it's way to this area, but given the lighting I had to work with, I came away satisfied with the lighting.

Remember that cliche 'always remember to stop and smell the roses' so many of us heard growing up? This squirrel was so tranquil - and on this particular day, my nerves were frazzled. Watching him helped calm me down and I was able to focus, and instead of spending all of my time taking photographs of him, when he would look up or over at something that caught his attention, I would do the same.

When I copied his actions, I noticed things I'd missed earlier like a varied thrush perched on a branch high above (directly in sunlight making it virtually impossible to photograph), a yellow-headed blackbird, and other animals.

I chose not to photograph, and instead, allowed this squirrel to be my teacher for the day. Often I'm in such a hurry to grab the next photograph that I forget why I'm there to begin with - to enjoy the wildlife around me.

I suppose I sat with this squirrel for more than 30 minutes and just before I left, he dared to come near me (I'd been sitting on cold concrete during this time) and look me over. He ventured close enough that he could've reached out and touched me with his paw - but chose not to.

I like to think that he studied me as much as I did him, but that could be wishful thinking.

With everything in swirling in front of me - so many obligations, I rarely sit for the sake of sitting and watching nature that I love so much.

Since my encounter with "Teacher Squirrel" I've been able to take time at least twice - without my camera - just to learn from them.

Obligations usually get in the way of trying to attain my dreams - either that or frustration because sometimes it feels like I have less energy to give that is needed, leaving me sapped and too tired to do much.

It's nice to know such simple reminders can come from the very same things that drew me to them to begin with.

Hopefully, you'll get to stop and smell the roses or just simply sit and watch some wildlife for the heck of it today.

May you have a wonderful day!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-04-15 10:29]

Hola Kathy.
Gret image, High quality level, very well framed to present. Lovly pose of this squirrel, and extra points for the food in his hands.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-04-15 11:16]

Hi Kathy
Nice presentation.Good POV and sharp iamge.Your sybject pose is very nice.
TFS Michel

Hello Kathy
This is superb..The squirrel is lovely and sharp..But its the way that the tail is against the tree and the bg that sucks the whole scene into a 3d look..Its stunning.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-04-15 12:20]

Hi Kathy

Lovely capture of the sweet little Squirrel.
Nicely composed with a good POV and a very cute pose.
Nice details, great colours and light too.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-04-15 12:52]

Hi kathy. Animals soon get use to you if you turn up with food much the same time each day. the Squirrel seems happy with you now. which give you the chance to get close .good detai and colour in the fur.
well done Nick.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-04-15 14:14]

Hola Kathy,
buen retrato y pov,
simpatico trabajo y detalles,
saludos amiga.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-04-15 16:17]

The fur of the squirrel mimics the colours of the tree bark,it is so cute. This picture could be a postcard from a park, it is so well composed and the colours are natural. I like the dof and all the peanuts around the squirrel, blurred in the background. Your notes remind me a sentence in a book I am reading, written by Jim Harrisson. He talks about this Indian man amazed by the fact that the White Man walks back and forth in his bedroom at night, worrying and thinking about his day... Why think when there is nothing happening?

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I really enjoy reading your notes.


Hello Kathy,

Would love to have joined you and this lovely grey squirrel for breakfast, but unfortunately I was away to far at the time :)
Beautiful image with lovely pose of the squirrel.
Excellent work on sharpness and exposure.
Most wonderful clarity in the eye and fur details.
Excellent work and great note. TFS!!!

Kindest regards, Harry

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