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Copyright: Michel Pilon (pilonm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-27
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Panasonic DMC FZ - 20 LUMIX, Leica 36-432mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-07-20 7:36
Viewed: 4448
Points: 28
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I took that picture on a citizen park in Denver (going there for a business trip) while I was trying to catch swallows pictures. That little guy (Eastern Fox Squirrel) surprised me, ran over a tree and stayed like that on that branch, looking at me, eating. This is the first time I saw such a big squirrel. Ours in Quebec are really smaller that those ones.

The Eastern Fox Squirrel was introduced in Denver area 20 years ago, and then, several guides are wrong not specifying that new distribution.

Hope you'll like my little guy!

Eastern fox squirrels have long, foxtail-like tails, which they flick when they are excited. They and eastern gray squirrels are alike in many ways. They breed at the same time of year, nest in the same kinds of places, and eat the same foods. However, fox squirrels prefer more open habitat, whereas grays prefer good tree cover. Fox squirrels spend more time foraging and running about on the ground than do the grays, and may be encountered in fields quite far from any trees, where gray squirrel would not stray. Both species feed on acorns, which are rich in tannins. Tannins are poisonous to many animals, including worms, and keep the squirrels free of roundworms and tapeworms. Fox squirrels accumulate another chemical compound, porphyrin, in their bones and teeth, which makes their bones and teeth pink and bright red under ultraviolet light. Here's a mystery: gray squirrels eat the same foods and this does not happen to them—nor to any other healthy mammal.

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Hi Michel, excllent colors, Bg, POV DOF perfec details, I really like this POV and framing alot, TFS Kyle

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2006-07-20 7:49]

Hello Michel.
Very cute shot of this squirrel. Almost perfect of sharpness and a great POV. Thanks.
Gr. Hans

Hello Michel,
Great portrait of your furry little friend!
And doesn't he look great... Excellent pose, and the fur is reproduced so well!
Well framed in this fine composition, all captured with fine details and natural colours...
Pablo -

Hi Michel,
Excellent picture. Spot on sharpness. Composition and pov are excellent. The squirrel in my area only sit still for a few seconds. This one is really friendly. Well done.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-07-20 10:57]
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Hi Michel,
I like your little guy! A beautiful shot. The white BG on the left is a little distracting but it's still a fantastic shot. Wonderful detail and great exposure despite the bright BG. Great colours on the Squirrel and what really stands out for me is the direct eye contact and the Squirrel is not bothered. In fact it seems quite the opposite, he seems very comfortable with you being there, he hasn't even stopped eating :-) Excellent work.

Hi Michel,
You lucky...... You got yourself a friend in Denver. I am just amazed that he came to you and posed for you in such a beautiful way. Great photo with excellent colors, light and sharpness.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-07-20 14:52]

Hello Michel , A great shot from this lovely squirrel , good sharp details compositie pov dof and framing ,very good ,Greetings Teunie .

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-07-20 17:16]

Hi Michel,
Excellent and very cute Squirrel capture.
I like your pov,dof,focus,sharpness,pose,note and framing.TFS

Hi Michel,
fantastic definitions! Colors, focus and composition are great.
Note excelent too.

Hi Michel

Excellent shot. Love the eye contact. Good depth of colour. Nicely composed. Well done on a top shot. :-)

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-07-21 5:36]

Bonjour Michel!

Bravo pour ce beau portrait,la netteté est excellente et les couleurs justes.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-07-22 10:32]

hi michel
good exposure and nice nature-model. composition, POV, colours, focus, details and sharpness are great.
thanks for sharing

Bonjour Michel,

Belle prise de cet écureuil. Vous l'avez vraiment photographié au bon moment en train de manger. Il semble presque magouiller quelque chose :) La prise de vue et les détails sont excellents ainsi que les notes! Merci,

This little guy has charisma!!!! He/she (?)is so cute, just beautiful!!!!

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