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The last sun rays

The last sun rays
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Copyright: Urban Olsson (urban) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 71 W: 4 N: 79] (413)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-24
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, 28-135 f/3.5-5.6 72
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-03-29 15:41
Viewed: 4074
Points: 6
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So to continue the squirrel series I here present one squirrel with a great view of the sunset. I am not really satisfied with all branches that take a lot of attention from him/her but it is not likely that one gets the chance to tell squirrels where to pose for a photo session :-).

I promised more funny stories in my last post so here it comes:

This little episde took place a couple of years ago when my father tired to feed the birds without having squirrels all over the food stealing it all. Most of you are probably familiar with a squirrels ingenious mind when it comes to reaching food. So there were more or less a war going on at my parents house during this winter. My father found more clever places to place food and the squirrels found ways to get to the food anyway. So when I visited one weekend he had hung a food dispenser with sun flower seeds in a more than one meter long steel wire (steel so that the squirrels could not lift the dispenser up to the branch and get to the food). It hung far away from the tree trunk and was very difficult to sit on so they could not jump to it (they tried a lot of times). One day one of the squirrels realised that if you sat on the branch and put the front paws on the steel wire and then slided down the wire with all feet clutching the wire and with the head first, it could slide all the way down to the food dispenser. Then they could hang from their hind legs and just reach the food.

When I saw this the first time I laughted so I got laughing cramps. It looked so funny when they slided down the wire with their heads first just to get some sun flower seeds.

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Very interesting shot!
Maybe the branches are a little disturbing, but that doesn't matter. I like the pose of this little fellow. The light and colours make very nice atmosphere.
Excellent note.
I like your post very much.
Well done!

I like the deep blue Bg in this shot Urban, maybe highlight and shadows in PS would bring up some detail on the squirrel. Well done.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-03-30 15:07]

Hi Urban, nice capture of this squirell. The sky is a lovely colour and the POV is good. Nice details on the subject. The branch in the fore ground is a little distracting but you have to take these things as you find them. Well done.

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