First Dandelion  (1st in a series...) by Betsy  Seeton

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by Walt Whitman

Simple and fresh and fair from winter’s close emerging,
As if no artifice of fashion, business, politics, had ever been,
Forth from its sunny nook of shelter’d grass—innocent, golden, calm as the dawn,
The spring’s first dandelion shows its trustful face.

This photo was taken on my wood pile at my cabin in Colorado, USA.

I named this little guy Jacob. He was a few weeks old here. He’s a golden mantel ground squirrel and was one of four babies born at the end of June 2009. The mom is Chippy and she’s been around my cabin for four summers. The first day the babies came above ground they let me approach them. That had never happened before.

I used a dandelion to reach them at first. Everything was so new that at first they didn’t know what to do with it. I ended up playing a gentle game of tug-o-war. Then they realized they could eat it! What you see above is Jacob’s first whif as he realized he could munch on it! My left hand is holding the dandelion while I had the camera in my right hand. This is the first in a series of photos …

My website,, is devoted to ending animal & human trafficking/abuse. Stories about all my wild buddies are on my LIVEHONESTLY WEBSITE
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Look for more adventures now that it’s the summer of 2010. I have a new series with Jacob’s brother, Jasper. Look for Jasper and Bear ….


Here’s the baby’s Mom, Chippy ‘Just Hanging Out’

Here’s a sibling of the baby..

Someone Is Watching You (Chippy & my cat)

Boy Chip Preparing To Remodel

“If we are to teach compassion for all life in this world, and if we are to carry on a real campaign against cruelty, and against the destruction of our environment, we have to begin with reaching children.” ~ Betsy Seeton

My company, FOR ALL THE ANIMALS, hires children from around the world to write, blog, research, and investigate animal and nature related topics. We also hire children artists and filmmakers.

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  • Barbara  Brown
    Barbara Brownabout 5 years ago

    Ahh, so sweet! Stop and smell the flowers!! Great shot Betsy!

  • Barbara, thanks for the lovely comments. Much appreciated.

    – Betsy Seeton

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 5 years ago


  • Thanks :)

    – Betsy Seeton

  • ritaagostinelli
    ritaagostinelliabout 5 years ago

    Cute…love this sweet capture!! :))♥

  • That makes two of us!

    – Betsy Seeton

  • Kelly Cavanaugh
    Kelly Cavanaughabout 5 years ago

    Fantastic capture, Betsy!

  • Thanks for taking a look! Much appreciated.

    – Betsy Seeton

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonabout 5 years ago

    wonderful capture.

  • Thanks so much!

    – Betsy Seeton

  • Kathy Reid
    Kathy Reidabout 5 years ago


  • They are so much fun..!

    – Betsy Seeton

  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesenabout 5 years ago

    This is too cute for words!

  • Thank you very much, Karen. :)

    – Betsy Seeton

  • Edge-of-dreams
    Edge-of-dreamsabout 5 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous. I’m so glad you’re a friend of the animals !!

  • What a sweet thing to say. Thanks!

    – Betsy Seeton

  • tigerwings
    tigerwingsabout 5 years ago

    How Cute….Aww….What a Capture! ;)

  • Thanks, tigerwings. How nice to have you stop by and take a look.. Much appreciated.

    – Betsy Seeton

  • Bob Wickham
    Bob Wickhamabout 5 years ago

    Super cute …. I love these little guys … wish we had them in Australia

  • Much appreciated, Bob. They are adorable little guys… :)

    – Betsy Seeton

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