Soon after the encounter with the nosy squirrel seen earlier in my portfolio, I purchased some raw, unsalted sunflower seeds from Whole Foods Market and kept a bag of them in my tote. Sometimes just shaking the bag was enough to draw a squirrel or two, and I would spread some seeds on the ground or in the crook of a tree.
This little girl was just too eager and couldn’t wait for me to spread seeds; she first thrust her snout into the seeds in my hand and then steadied herself with her little paws while she nibbled. Here I was feeding her from my left hand and shooting one-handed while she ate. Over a period of weeks, she always came to greet me and get her seeds; meanwhile she grew fatter and fatter, apparently an expectant mother. I hoped to see her babies but never did, but her friendship and recognition gave me precious memories. The garden later put a stop to all feeding of animals (liability issues being what they are), so photos like this may still be possible but could now get one into a bit of trouble. (Olympus E-5 & Zuiko 50mm macro, f/6.3, 1/100 sec., ISO 500, open shade, handheld.)
Top 10 (3rd Place) in “In a hand” challenge in Absolute Clarity group (October 2012)
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