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July 14, 2010

Here Come the Critters

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I still have some photos that I took with my old camera that I’ve been wanting to share; one of those blog posts that had been stacking up in my head over the last few weeks.  Before the fervor of the new camera took over, I’d been wanting to share some shots of a few “wild friends” that I’d taken recently.


First, I like to think that the adult rabbits I see hanging around the yard eating the dandelions might be one of our baby bunnies from the spring.  This rabbit and I did a little “dance” around the yard as I tried to quietly approach and get a shot of the face, but I always ended up with a shot in profile.

Next up, Tracy and I were having a conversation about whether this was a red squirrel or not.  She thought maybe it was a juvenile gray.  I watched for it for several days, and eventually became convinced it was a red, but wasn’t able to get a picture.  Finally, one morning I got this one:

and this one:

The sun was behind the squirrel, and I was pleased with the way it lit up the tail.

I told the story in this post about the pictures of a male cardinal that I have been missing.  I still haven’t gotten a nice close-up, but not for lack of trying and missed opportunities.  On the morning that I took this cropped shot…

… the cardinal had been sitting on my shepard’s hook that holds several hanging baskets of flowers in my backyard.  I had my camera with me outside, but by the time I had it on it flew up to this near-by tree, singing sweetly the whole time.

Another recent visitor to the yard was this one:

I think this chipmunk popped up to the deck perhaps in search of some of the peanut butter crackers I’d been leaving out there in hopes of luring the red squirrel back for a closer shot.  Not wanting to squeak open the sliding glass door and scare it away, I took this through dog-nose smeared glass.  I should really think about getting the Windex out!

This last shot I am sharing because it is an unusual scene for the middle of suburbia.  It was taken during a walk with Teddy and Daphne, so I didn’t really have the chance to nicely compose, but it came out okay for having 130 pounds worth of dog waiting on the leash.

Goats.  Yep, goats.  I remember the first time my girls told me there were goats living at a house on the street around the corner, I didn’t quite believe them.  Why would you have goats?  Maybe they like goats’ milk cheese, I really don’t know.  But here they are.  Teddy and Daphne were pretty sure they were some sort of unusual dog breed.

I think I still have a few pictures from the Olympus waiting for their chance to be featured.  Most likely they are flower shots, perhaps of some blooms that have gone by, so they will get their chance before the Rebel completely takes over the show.


  1. Great shots! Love the back light on the squirrel.

    Comment by photographyfree4all — July 14, 2010 @ 4:07 pm | Reply

    • Thanks so much photofree! I’m glad you stopped by.

      Comment by Karma — July 14, 2010 @ 9:01 pm | Reply

  2. LOL.. I still have photo’s from my old camera that I’ve not got round to using yet, and that was from well over a year ago… Always good to see the critters though, and you have a great selection… Looking forward to seeing more from the big camera… 🙂

    Comment by FS Photography — July 14, 2010 @ 5:23 pm | Reply

    • More from the big camera coming soon. Unfortunately the weather hasn’t been cooperating much for me to get outside the last 2 days. I took a few this afternoon just before it began to rain again. We needed the rain – I shouldn’t complain!

      Comment by Karma — July 14, 2010 @ 9:03 pm | Reply

  3. Yes, the backlit squirrel is wonderful! We have those dang bunnies, too, and they are eating my lettuce and the leaves off my corn. Also, they leave their droppings in the yard and Stella believes them to be a delicacy. sigh.

    Comment by cggrlogan — July 14, 2010 @ 7:32 pm | Reply

    • We had that problem with Teddy and the bunny delicacies last year. Luckily he is a big boy now who mostly knows better! I have a small fence around the garden and marigold planted on the outside of the fence, with hot peppers on the inside border of the fence – this combination seems to keep critter issues mostly at bay. Now if I could just figure out the cure for tomato hornworms! Ug! They are the most awful pest ever. Give me the heebie-jeebies just thinking about them; haven’t seen them yet this year, but I’m sure they are coming!

      Comment by Karma — July 14, 2010 @ 9:06 pm | Reply

  4. The backlit squirrel (first one) is my favorite, too.

    Comment by thedailyclick — July 15, 2010 @ 6:56 pm | Reply

  5. Sorry Karen – I’m still not convinced the squirrel is a red. Looks like a baby grey to me. Where are the black stripes along each side? In any event, I agre with the others that the backlighting is really nice.

    Goats?? I’d be photographing those guys every day!! 🙂

    Comment by milkayphoto — July 16, 2010 @ 10:07 am | Reply

  6. I’m still thinking it could be a red. I just found this info about reds : http://www.nhptv.org/natureworks/redsquirrel.htm
    Mine looks a lot like this, and it says they may have the black stripe. It does have the white around the eye. I guess time will tell! 🙂

    Comment by Karma — July 16, 2010 @ 10:20 am | Reply

  7. I say it’s a darned cute squirrel with a very pretty tail.

    These reminded me of my sister, who lives in a neighborhood that features her exotic chickens, a neighbor’s horse, and some goats that have a tendency to wander a little. Thus the indelible image of said sister, in her robe and slippers, walking a goat on a dog leash down a suburban street, taking it home to its owner.

    Comment by Gerry — July 18, 2010 @ 8:08 pm | Reply

    • That’s quite a picture, Gerry! So far, I haven’t heard about any goat escapes in the neighborhood!

      Comment by Karma — July 19, 2010 @ 7:49 am | Reply

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