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The goodbye kiss

The goodbye kiss
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Copyright: Anton Mihai (toni_ro) Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 5 N: 26] (98)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-08
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/1614 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-02 2:07
Viewed: 4516
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 7
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Last spring, when I arrived in Canada, the first wild eyes that I noticed staring at me were those of a little chipmunk (Tamias striatus) who lives in our backyard.

It was the first time I saw a real Eastern Chipmunk (they only live in Nord America)...so I tried not to miss any opportunity to take some photos of the funny jumping stripes.
After a few weeks of patience I even managed to feed him out of my hand! Victory!
But I still didn't understand how he could disappear sometimes in one of his holes and then reappear quickly in total impredictable places. Even a highly complex underground tunnel system wouldn't provide a reasonable explanation.

And then... one summer day, the mystery was solved: They were always TWO Chipmunks running around in our yard, and now they had (at least) one new family member. For a moment I felt (fooled) like Donald Duck... then I grabbed the camera.

Imaginary dialogue for this picture:

- Goodbye honey, I'll bring us some nice grains for dinner.
- Take care darling! The one who's been following us is here. I'll try to distract him while you leave.
- Ok, but don't let the kids out. See you at sunset!

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Nice composition. A little unclaire these little chipmunks. Maybe out of focus. Best regards, Cezar T.

One...two ...oh there are three:-)
Cute image, Anton
and welcome!

Nice story in your note.
I love the little "kiss" it really adds to the image.
Well done, keep posting.

Witaj na TN Toni!
Bardzo dobre zdjecia. Ostrosc, kolory, szczegoly - super. bardzo mily opis.
Pozdrawiam i gratuluje - Roma

  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-03-05 3:18]

Hi Anton, I have only just seen this adorable picture! What a beautiful capture and so clean and sharp and catching the light perfectly. These guys are lovely, I would love to see them. The colours are perfect and great detail in fur and eyes. I wonder if you had the chance to see any of their young.

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