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Copyright: Kimberley Broyles (Gardenwife) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 34 W: 1 N: 30] (107)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-06-23
Categories: Mammals, Humorous
Camera: Minolta DiMAGE A1
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-08-20 21:45
Viewed: 5422
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Eastern gray squirrels are not rare, as anyone who lives within their breeding range can tell you. They adapt very easily to suburban and even urban life and have no problem taking handouts if people offer them.

These rodents can be a nuisance when they choose to dull its ever-growing teeth by chewing on items we value - things like power and fiber-optic cables, birdfeeders, and house materials.

Still, I can't help but enjoy watching them. This juvenile had just scored a peanut from my neighbor's yard and came leaping onto the fir tree near me. When he saw me, he stopped. Their initial instinct is to freeze so predators lose sight of them. Eventually, his curiosity overcame him and he slowly descended two feet on the trunk to get a better look at me. When he did, I got a better look at him. :)

Taken from about 7' away at my camera's maximum zoom, using fill-flash to compensate for the bright background. Editing: Cropped, sharpened and added frame in Irfanview.

japie, carper, PDP, gerhardt, Esox, Fisher, Tage, timleahy, marhowie has marked this note useful
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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-08-21 1:18]

Very cute creature. The fact that he has a peanut in his mouth adds a lot of punch to the image. Well taken and thanks for posting.

what a great shot Kimberley,
Very good capture, good colours, and sharp and I love the details of the shot, very good job you did.

Kimberley, Nice shot of the squirrel. The flash worked well to get detail against the bright background. I agree with japie; the peanut is a nice part of the composition.
Greetings, Jan

très mignon ce petit écureil, tu l'as bien pris au bon moment

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-21 4:57]

Hee hee, what a cutie. Lovely pose and i like the use of lighting/flash. Excellent.

Bobcat food on the run! Shame,How can I say this? But I see you concur on them being a pain. The cuteness factor dropping fast when you start paying the bill, so I believe from quite a few guys and dolls in the USA. He IS cute, the compo, with him stuffing his face, is nice but the camera meter had trouble exposing the BG here, this is a pity, since the texture and colouring on the fur is very nice.

Cool squirrel. They are so cute. Nice compo, details of the fur nicely captured. Interesting note too. Thanx for sharing.

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2004-09-29 14:24]

Lovely shot!
Good composition, very sharp.
Good work you did!

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-01-05 21:19]

I had to look twice, I thought he had a cigar in his mouth. Well done on this capture and an excelent composition.


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  • Tage Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 43] (251)
  • [2005-07-29 11:47]

Great composition and sharpness.
Thanks for sharing.


You are the featured Artist on the TN homepage tonight!

This is a very good shot, well composed and sharp, with good depth of field control. Always amazed at how squirrels can walk up walls of houses, they have remarkable grip in those claws.


Hi Kimberley,
Cute pose & title, I like the POV and detail, great use of flash. I think the overall composition would be better with the whole animal, or a true closeup with just the head/shoulders in view..
Well done in any case :)

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