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Lost in Thought ......

Lost in Thought ......
Photo Information
Copyright: Derek Grant (PeakXV) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-01-07
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 650D, Canon 55-250mm EF-S 1:4-5,6 IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-01-07 17:20
Viewed: 1940
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
An American Red Squirrel(Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) seems to be lost in thought while perched on a snowy spruce branch earlier today.

American red squirrels are also referred to as pine squirrels, North American red squirrels, and chickarees. It is a medium-sized (200250 g) diurnal mammal that defends a year-round exclusive territory. The diet of these tree squirrels is specialized on the seeds of conifer cones.

American red squirrels should not be confused with Eurasian red squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris); since the ranges of these species do not overlap, they are both commonly referred to as "red squirrels" in the areas where they are native. The specific epithet hudsonicus refers to Hudson Bay, Canada, where the species was first catalogued by Erxleben in 1771.

Red squirrels can be easily identified from other North American tree squirrels by their smaller size, territorial behavior and reddish fur with a white venter (underbelly). Red squirrels are somewhat larger than chipmunks.

American red squirrels are primarily granivores, but incorporate other food items into their diets including spruce buds and needles, mushrooms, willow (Salix sp.) leaves, poplar (Populus sp.) buds and catkins, bearberry (Arctostaphylos sp.) flowers and berries, and animal material such as bird eggs or even snowshoe hare leverets (young).


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Hello Derek

Excellent close-up shot of the American Red Squirrel,
fine POV and framing, excellent color balance,
the snow it is its natural white color and with details,
beautiful light coming to the squirrel,
excellent focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


Hello Derek
Beautiful photo with wonderful colors and very good sharpness. The WB is impressive!

Hi Derek,
what a sweat photo this is! Nice point of view and composition. A lot of details. Beautiful presentation.
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Derek, great capture of cute creature in nice pose, beautiful light, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio


Great pose of this chickeree. Caught the eye well and nice to see the sun coming in from the upper right. Sharpened a little to much as some of the fur is "melted" together. TFS


excellent image of the squirrel. perfect angle and lighting giving good clear image of the animal. tfs.

Hi Derek
They are hard working little animals. It looks like he had been digging for some food. I think you have captured good detail.
with a good POV. I really like the composition the natural colour.
Thanks for sharing
Best regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-01-08 6:26]

Hello Derek,
Very nice photo of this squirrel in excellent sharpness, details and an attractive pose in beautiful light and colours. Fine composition.

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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2013-01-08 6:48]

Hi Derek,
wonderful photo of this lovely squirrel, excellent sharpness , outstanding details, beautiful lighting !
Well done !
Best regards !

Hello Derek
A superb photo and composition. Excellent light falling on the squirrel, beautiful setting. Perfect detail.
regards yiannis

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-01-08 9:00]

Hi Derek,beautiful capture of this squirrel in the snow,i like your excellent exposure for a perfect white and the gvery great details on the fur despite the backlight.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Derek,
Lovely play of light and excellent clarity,very expressive stance and well balanced composition.
TFS and my regards,

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