Cee’s Black and White Challenge: Animals…ground squirrel

Posted: June 4, 2015 in Uncategorized
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The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix is a marvelous place.  Last year, it played host to the marvelous glass creations of Dale Chihuly and there’s still one installation at the entrance.  But on its own, it’s home to a vast variety of cacti, flowers, and animals, such as this ground squirrel, beauties in their own, if very different, right.

Ground squirrels,as their name implies, live mostly on the ground.  However, as we discovered while at the garden, they also climb trees!  This little guy, however, was in his proper place on the ground, posing rather brazenly for this shot.  It’s not much of a stretch to convert him to black and white, as he and the ground around him were all tan.  Ground squirrels are related to marmots, groundhogs, chipmunks, and prairie dogs and are known for being able to stand on their hind legs for long stretches at a time.  They’re also gregarious, which may explain this one’s lack of fear. Maybe he only wanted to say hello.

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For views of Chihuly’s marvelous work as displayed at the Garden, click on any of these links:

Tantalizing Tuesday, Juxtaposition, Object, Day and Night, Hot and Cold, Boating in the Desert, Smooth, or Silhouette.

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Comments
  1. wow. that is a great – intense- wonderful shot.
    Randy

  2. Norm 2.0 says:

    Nice spot for the copyright waermark too 🙂

  3. So cute. So pretty. I love this shot, Janet! The two textures work so well together. Gorgeous in black and white. ~Theadora

  4. Chihuly’s work is so gorgeous. I hadn’t seen the ones in water.
    They climb trees, too? As you say, they are most known for posing on rocks for photos. Love the sharp textured focus.

  5. Cee Neuner says:

    Great photo especially with that much sun. Thanks Janet.

  6. Lola Jane says:

    He is so cute 🙂 And I appreciate reading the information about ground squirrels, Janet.

  7. Robin says:

    The last home we lived in was surrounded by tall trees. The squirrels nested in the trees, but climbed down and scampered on the ground all of the time. When they were up in the trees, they would chatter, making a loud clicking noise. When I first heard it, I had no idea what it was. That is a very nice black and white! The shadow the squirrel casts makes for great contrast with the bright light directly on it 🙂

  8. Sue says:

    How cute is he!

  9. Lovely shot. We don’t have squirrels here in New Zealand.

  10. Jeremy says:

    Very nice. Love it!

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