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My little friend

My little friend
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Copyright: jeanpaul Bolduc (jeanpaul) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2097 W: 99 N: 3518] (14962)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-23
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Pentax *ist D, 70-300mm f4-5.6
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/180 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-23 5:48
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Red Squirrel
Tamiasciurus hudsonicus or Pine Squirrel, Chickaree


Description - The red squirrel is rust-red to greyish-red above being brightest on the sides, white or greyish-white below and the tail is similar to the back color but is outlined with a broad, black band edged in white. The coat is duller in the summer and a black line separated the back and underbelly colours. The average red squirrel weighs 7-12 ounces.

Distribution - The red squirrel is abundant in any kind of forest, coniferous, pine, mixed or hardwood forests, often around buildings. They occur through much of Canada and most of B.C.

Biology - This creature feeds heavily on pine seeds and in the fall it cuts green cones and buries them in damp earth ; other sustenance includes nuts, seeds, birds' eggs, young birds and fungi. It makes a nest of leaves in a hollow or fallen tree, hole in the ground or tree crotch. 3-7 young are born in March or April and there is sometimes a second litter in August or September. The squirrel is a chatterbox with a variety of calls to announce its home range or the presence of intruders.

Tracks - Tracks are common between trees and near holes in the ground where they have dug up buried cones. Squirrels place their feet next to each other rather than one in front of the other. In deep snow their tracks are characterized by two diamond shapes next to one another. A clear imprint will reveal five long toes with claws similar to the skeleton of a human hand and may or may not have a heel print. The heel is as long again as the toes and a rough oval shape.

Straddle: 8 - 12 cm (3.2 - 4.8 in)
Stride: 13 - 25 cm (5.2 - 10 in)
Track: Front - 3 cm (1.2 in) long / 3 cm (1.2 in) wide
Track: Rear - 4.5 cm (1.8 in) long / 2.5 cm (1 in) wide

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-06-23 6:16]

Hi Jeanpaul
this is very nice image
well done.

Not too many of these around here Pierre. A nice classic capture. I enjoy images with this Pentax. Not many use this camera. I used a Pentax film camera in the 1970's and found it worked very well. Fine capture.

Splendida cattura, eccellente composizione con la bellissima postura dello scoiattolo sul ramo, buonma nitidezza, molto belli i colori e BG. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-23 8:10]

Bonjour Jean-Paul,
Excellent capture of this Pine Squirrel taken from a great POV in a fine pose. The flash has made a catchlight in the eye!
Nice composition in a natural habitat.
A bientôt,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-23 9:26]

Hi Jean Paul,

No squirrels here in Tucson so I love seeing them - especially one as cute as this. A wonderful pose on the branch and good colors and textures. Great catchlight in his eye - and he seems to be staring right at you.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-23 10:29]

Hi Jean Paul,
Very nice capture of this squirrel.POV,details,BG,lighting and composition are wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

Bonjour JeanPaul,
Many thanks for sharing such cute and beautiful fellow with us!
great pose of it in total sharpness, wonderful colour and superb details
well done

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-06-23 13:29]

Salut Jean Paul
Jolie presentationBon PDV et belle couleurs.L'image est bien en focus avec un super arriere plan.
Merci Michel

salut Jean-Paul

je suis très content que tu poste cette photo,
ce sont mes amis de l'hiver et je suis heureux
d'en voir un (en photo) à la fin du printemp début été,
j'aime beaucoup cet adorable animal et ta photo
nous la présente joliment, excellent POV et cadrage,
très belle luminosité de l'image, excellent netteté et détails,



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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-06-24 3:41]

Hello Paul
How cute this little squirrel!! I like a lot the way you captured it with the little snout stuck to the twig and the brightness in its eye. A lovely and beautiful capture. I really love these little friends.
My compliments and best regards

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  • hains Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 21 W: 0 N: 12] (959)
  • [2008-06-24 17:38]

He as alone on is branch for wait to eating. Very good POV

Hi JP,
This Red Squirrel has beautiful eyes.
You have shot this picture with such dexterity that the cute little subject becomes an integral part of the composition by virtue of its position on the diagonally placed stick it perches on.
The colours too are beautiful.
TFS and regards.

Hi Jeanpaul,
Great detail, color, DOF, and a lovely BG. I like the POV as this little cutie seems to be kissing the branch..
Perhaps he almost fell off & he's giving thanks ;}}
Well done!

Bonsoir Jean-Paul,

Cet écureuil roux semble être figésur la branche. La prise de vue permet de voir les détail et les couleurs de l'animal. la qualité de la lumiéere rehausse les couleurs. Bonne soirée.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-25 22:39]

Hello JeanPaul

Just marking the post for now


Hi Jeanpaul,

What a prety squirel shot with wonderful DOF and POV. Great composition in all around. Many thanks for sharing this beauty my friend!
Have a nice weekend!


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-06-27 1:37]

Bonjour Jean Paul,
Adorable petit écureuil, capté l'oeil vif et bien brillant. J'aime aussi toutes ces taches de lumière de l'arrière-plan. Bien vu
Bonne journée

This red squirrel is is almost brown!And only today I confirmed thru this shot by Rob (Arfer) on TN that they were actually red!
Lovely shot!

Hi Jeanpaul!

Nice catch, it looks like he is watching you.

TFS - Lea

bonjour JP
la netteté est un poil limite sur l'oeil mais ce petit animal reste pour moi presque insaisissable est j'ai toujours en voir en photo.
dommage d'avoir ce bout de noir sur la branche.

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2008-07-03 2:26]

Bonjour Jeanpaul!
We missed your little friend, this is such amazing artistic view that I can't tell if it should be photo or painting, it's sure beautiful and great work!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-07-15 21:37]

Hi Jean-Paul.
You managed to catch a true beauty. Pictured scene is amazing as well as the POV and framing of the shot. DOF is very nice. Your charming model stands out off BG greatly. My compliments and best wishes.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-07-21 14:20]

Ahhh Jeanpaul, what a little beauty. Lovely scene here with a sweet pose. I love the POV and composition. Really sweet shot



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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-07-26 18:39]

Hello Jeanpaul,
a beautiful creature with great clarity. Very good blurry background.
Well composed and lovley presentation.


Excelente encuadre y muy buen trabajo con la luz.

Hi JP,
I love your tiny little friend so much, it's a cute guy and you captured it at such a nice moment.
Thanks and have a beautiful weekend
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Jean,lovely shot allround,nice clear image.like it.

Hello sir,

You friend is really cute. Very nice picture of this red squirrel with perfect POV & sharpness. TFS & happy new year.


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