Red Squirrel – Tamiasciurus hudsonicus in a Ponderosa Pine tree where it finds the majestic branches as safe runways and protection from predators. The photo was taken on a ridge just south of Sweathouse Creek in the Bitterroot Mountains west of Victor, Montana, USA. The sun was moving south and the angle lit up this little guy just perfectly. He/she was busy getting in winter caches of cones and other food. Taken October 30, 2011.

Canon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS, handheld
Canon EOS 7D, 1/640s, f/5.6, ISO: 400, 300mm


red squirrel, montana, ponderosa pine, outdoor, forest, sunlight, mammal, small


  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 2 years ago

    Lovely capture

  • Thanks Larry!

    – amontanaview

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Thanks Ray!

    – amontanaview

  • Samohsong
    Samohsongover 2 years ago

    Terrific capture of this beautiful red squirrel Merle!

  • Thank you. I sure do appreciate your comments.

    – amontanaview

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 2 years ago

    1 IMAGE PER 24HRS 2011/12/13

  • Thanks you!

    – amontanaview

  • Sprezzatura
    Sprezzaturaover 2 years ago

  • Wow, what a beautiful banner!!! Thank you for adding my photo to the group.

    – amontanaview

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 2 years ago

    Simply bsuperb.

  • Thank you Julie. This little guy was working hard on stashing his food that day.

    – amontanaview

  • GiselaSchneider
    GiselaSchneideralmost 2 years ago

    wonderful capture Merle, congrats on your well deserved MT. group feature, Sept 2012 !!!!

  • Sweet!!!

    – amontanaview

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