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Chipmunk


Chipmunk
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Copyright: Karan Little (hester) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-02
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/3.6, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Natural stripes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-19 13:35
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This little fellow started running around my legs whilst I was relaxing at Lake Louise in Alberta Canada.

I don't know what type of chipmunk he is. I suspect it is a Least Chipmunk but I'm sure someone will know for certain.

In the meantime here are some general chipmunk facts:

Species of chipmunk:
Chipmunks are part of the squirrel family.Twenty-one chipmunk species occur in North America, including one in eastern Canada and four in western Canada. All these species belong to the genus Tamias. They live from 2-3 years in the wild.

General appearance:
Chipmunks are easily recognized by the light and dark stripes on the back and head. They can be confused with some of the striped ground squirrels, but chipmunks are smaller, have facial markings, and have five dark stripes on their backs. Ground squirrels do not have markings on the head.

Hibernation:
At the end of July chipmunks start to fatten up for the winter by collecting and storing large quantities of seeds. The animal has to have enough food stored to last the winter. When winter begins, the chipmunk goes into its burrow to hibernate. They go into a torpor. In this state, the body temperature, rate of breathing, and rate of heartbeat drop to very low levels, reducing the amount of energy required to maintain the chipmunk.) Periods of torpor last from one to eight days, and perhaps longer. Chipmunks are able to wake up, eat some stored food, and then go back to sleep. They have occasionally been seen above ground on warm winter days.

Breeding:
When the weather warms up, the male chipmunk will stop hibernating first. February to April and June to August are the mating seasons. A female is pregnant for one month and then gives birth to a litter of 4-5 babies. In 6-8 weeks, the babies leave their mothers.


Beware: Chipmunk bites can transmit virulent and dangerous bacterial infections

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this is the cutest thing i saw for a long time. Great pic of this fast running creature. Ori

Hi Karan,

Superb picture. Nice POV and DOF. Funny attitude !
All is good.

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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-06-19 16:17]

Hi Karan,

Excellent shop. I like it.
Very good details, colors, POV and DOF.
Very well done!

TFS :-)
Norbert

well captured from a nice pow. Really good.

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-06-22 9:58]

Hi Karan,
The details on this squirel are super, I also like the blue background and the composition a lot, with his tail giving direction. The rock is very bright and disturbs a little, but on the whole, well done!
TFS

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  • takos1 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 261 W: 25 N: 208] (2607)
  • [2006-06-24 17:51]

Ciao Karan, foto molto bella, dettagli precisi, buona composizione, complimenti!

franco

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-06-29 7:31]

Hello Karen, this is cute. I like it. The composition is good, perhaps the white immediately behind the head could be cloned out? The details are great. Well done.

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2006-06-30 12:21]

Great photo, amazing sharpness and fur details, beautiful view of a cute animal, great Pov and BG! TFS!

excellent shot, karan! :-)
wonderful composition and pose with the tail sticking out.
nice dark blurred bg (the lake?), good colors and pov.
well done & take care, thor.

Hi Karan.
This is a lovely capture. The pose is great, showing the nice contour against the blue BG. Lights and sharpness is very good, although the white stone is very distracting.
I dared a workshop to try to get a better contrast on the stone. Hope you like!

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2006-07-26 23:40]

haha very cool shot. I like these little guys. I just got my first shot of one too. I like the pose and the beautiful lite blue background. Nice natural colors.

Hi Karan,
What a cutie :-) I like this lightning which makes him almost glow! The details are very nice with a great composition. I like this blue BG and the glow in its eye... Is it the one that sits on your feet? Thanks,
Claudine

Karan,
Been there, seen that ;)

My concern abt the washed out rock has already been addressed by Felipe in an excellent WS.

Great capture just the same as these chipmunks move like quicksilver! They don't generally "sit still", eh!

The BG takes full advantage of the glacial water of Lake Louise...

;j.

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