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Copyright: Denis Mark (dmark11) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 9 N: 655] (2633)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08-28
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 60D, 100-400 4.5-5.6L, 77mm UV
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
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Date Submitted: 2011-08-29 19:20
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From Weaselhead.org

The attractive Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel, on first being sighted, is thought to be a chipmunk on steroids. However, unlike chipmunks, this chunky ground squirrels lacks facial stripes. It is easily recognized by the two broad whitish stripes, running from the shoulder to the hip, bordered by narrower black stripes. Its back and relatively short tail is a grizzled grey. The flanks are buffy. The head, neck and shoulders are golden-mantled. The undersides are light grey.

Average adult measurements of both sexas are: total length, 287 mm (11.75 in); tail, 102 mm (4 in); weight, 231 g (8 oz). Alberta females average slightly heavier than males.

Its range is the central mountainous areas of western North America. In B.C. and Alberta it occurs in the Selkirk and Rocky Mountains, north to just above Jasper National Park. In Canada, it occurs at elevations from 1525 to 2400 m (5000 to 8000 ft). There, in the high foothills and mountains, it prefers open sunny forests of Douglas-fir and Engelmann Spruce with an abundance of fallen logs, exposed rock and low shrubbery. You may also find it above treeline, up on the tundra, amongst rock slides, at least in summer

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-08-29 19:57]

Hello Denis!
Terrifc capture of this lovely squirrel! Amazing sharpness and lovely natural colors.Great BG and excellent management of lightness.Gorgeous pic, indeed!TFS
Regards from,

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-08-29 20:05]

Hi Denis,
Very nice shot of this Ground Squirrel.Fantastic composition,
nice colours and sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

Hi Denis,
Nice composed and well exposed picture, with very good sharpness and soft background.

Simply ...the best possible way to present the Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel,Denis! Outstanding clarity, perfect light, white balance, depth of field and everything! Bravo!
George Veltchev

Hi Denis,
Very lovely picture of this Squirrel, superb clarity sharpness, nice highlighted eye, good lighting and great natural colours, an excellent captured!
Thanks for sharing and have a nice week,
Best Regards,

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2011-08-29 23:25]

wonderful photograph. good lighting and angle. tfs.

Fantastic photo Denis!
A beautiful and interesting animal in its natural habitat.
The POV, the composition and the BG are excellent. The blue sky is fantastic.
The colors and the lighting are wonderful. The sharpness is impressive.

Lovely picture of this Squirrel,Fantastic composition and Amazing sharpness.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-08-30 0:38]

Hello Denis,
Wonderful photo of this Ground Squirrel. The light and colours are gorgeous. Fantastic sharpness, details, composition, POV and BG.

Hi Denis, Wow what a very clean image with fabulous sharpness and clarity, excellent exposure/white balance control that complements these beautiful natural colours, nice catch light in the eye, good fur texture with clear and fine detail, splendid POV that shows this guy off well, Major League stuff here Denis and very well done,
Best regards,


Perfect point of view and setting. Excellent details and lighting. regards yiannis

Hi Denis,
Great close up.Excellent colours with fantastic composition and details.
Regards, Paolo

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-08-30 4:12]

Cute little squirrel giving excellent pose with fine lighting. tfs.

Hi Denis

You have managed to produce here a superb picture not only in terms of the sharpness, lighting and the subject of course. But what stands out to me is how the edge of the rock divides the image diagonally and bang in the middle of it is perches the little beauty. Bravo.

Hello Denis,
No fault here! ... It is a beautiful display of artistic technique and good taste! ... Beautiful picture, great eloquence!

Bonjour Denis,
Bonne composition sous un excellent angle de prise de vue valorisant bien le sujet.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Denis,
Excellent image with perfect focus and razor sharp details.
The clarity, colors and and POV are great.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-08-30 8:40]

Hi Denis,this is a great capture and a very professional pic at the top of quality.What a magnificent point of view and what a perfection of sharpness,colors and light balance!Thanks for share,have a nice evening,Luciano.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-08-30 9:11]

Hello Denis,
fantastic shot!!
great sharpness,detail and depth; excellent POV, wonderful contrast with the background, very nice colors.
Thanks for sharing

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-08-30 9:21]

amazing shot! wonderful composition!

Hello Denis,
A wonderful image taken from ideal POV with great sharp details an nice colours. I also like the composition and lighting. Well done!

Hello Denis,

From the thunbnail, I was convinced that it was a giant chipmunk atop Mount Everst.

A fine & very detailed composition (right down to the lichens on the rock) of this cute rodent.

The light is magical & the sharpness is crisp & clear. The POV & BG really set the table for this topnotch image.



Great side profile of this Ground Squirrel Denis. You've framed it admirably. I love the sharp detail in it. Even his whiskers show up well. Great to see. TFS Trevor

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-08-31 11:07]

Bonjour Denis,
Cette photo avait échappé à ma perspicacité.
très belle image et désolé d'avoir mis tant de temps à répondre

Hi Denis,
excellent capture, crisp and clear, with a marvellous colour contrast of the golden squirrel's head against the blue sky. Perfectly lighted. An exciting pose with just the right amount of free space ahead of the animal. Strikingly powerful simple and clear composition. Great image. My congratulations!
With best regards,

Hi Denis
Wow, this little Golden mantled Ground Squirrel is nicely posed on his rocky perch. The natural lights brings out the colours of his fur nicely. He looks so relaxed in this shot. Well done and great notes.
TFS Janice

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