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Taking a Peek by TheBrit

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Inspired by Nature

The Elusive Groundhog
There i was walking slowely

in the forest

i stopped for a moment

out of the corner of my eye

i saw movement

i turned and saw the face of

a groundhog

“first time i ever saw one in the wild”

we were looking at each other, I slowely

raised my camera and took a shot

he stayed long enough to

take three images before

he ducked under out of sight

Taking a Peek

The groundhog, or woodchuck, is one of 14 species of marmots. These rodents live a feast-or-famine lifestyle and gorge themselves all summer to build up plentiful reserves of fat. After the first frost, they retreat to their underground burrows and snooze until spring, drawing their sustenance from body fat. While hibernating, the animal’s heart rate plunges, and its body temperature is not much warmer than the temperature inside its burrow.

Groundhog hibernation gave rise to the popular American custom of Groundhog Day, held on the second of February every year. Tradition dictates that if a groundhog sees its shadow that day, there will be six more weeks of winter, though such a prediction seems a sure bet over much of the groundhog’s North American range.

In the spring, females welcome a litter of perhaps a half dozen newborns, which stay with their mother for several months.

Groundhogs are the largest members of the squirrel family. Though they are usually seen on the ground, they can climb trees and are also capable swimmers. These rodents frequent the areas where woodlands meet open spaces, like fields, roads, or streams. Here they eat grasses and plants as well as fruits and tree bark. Groundhogs are the bane of many a gardener. They can decimate a plot while voraciously feeding during the summer and fall seasons.

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  • Kim McClain Gregal
    Kim McClain Gr...over 3 years ago

    Such a cute capture!

  • Thank You my dear friend!
    Brit:)

    – TheBrit

  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsover 3 years ago

    Not too elusive for you!!! Great capture!!!! and i love your presentation and Info… :)))))

  • Thank You for your thoughtful comments Cookie, very much appreciated!

    Brit:))

    – TheBrit

  • CherrieRose
    CherrieRoseover 3 years ago

    Beauiful creatures and so furry. Nice capture and thanks for sharing the description.

  • I am glad you emjoyed this furry creature, this was a fun capture!!
    Brit :))

    – TheBrit

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindover 3 years ago

    They are rampant in my backyard! Great capture! Didn’t realize how cute their faces are, as they always scamper the moment they detect me! We also have raccoons which are not afraid at all, along with possums and…well who knows! Great info, and you now remind me of the movie Groundhog Day which is one of my favs! XOXOXOXOXOXO

  • Hi Shar,yes they do have a cute face! Yes one of my fav movies too! lol!!
    Brit :))

    – TheBrit

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 3 years ago

    nice capture !!liz)

  • Thank You Liz, tis always good to see ya!!
    Brit :))

    – TheBrit

  • Norma-jean Morrison
    Norma-jean Mor...over 3 years ago

    how beautiful Nature IS WITH THESE LOVELIES AND YOUR WRITE MOST BEAUTIFUL ALL LOVE

  • Many Thankx NormaJ! hope you have a blessed day!!
    Brit :)

    – TheBrit

  • Marriet
    Marrietover 3 years ago

    Very cute. I walk in the woods and have a couple spots where I see them every so often.
    They are adorable and waddle like ducks!

  • lol, i did not get to see this one waddle but i was glad to capture him in an image! your comments are sincerely appreciated!

    Brit

    – TheBrit

  • Susie Peek
    Susie Peekover 3 years ago

    Adorable shot ~ great find and capture!

  • Many thankx for stopping by Susie! your comments are sincerely appreciated!

    Brit :)

    – TheBrit

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 3 years ago

  • Thank You very much Iorilee! This Feature is very much appreciated!!

    Brit :))

    – TheBrit

  • Robin King
    Robin Kingover 1 year ago

    So wonderful!!!! They’re around here…big, fuzzy and FAST!
    You’ve created a lovely portrait of this one!!
    Instant fav!!!

  • Thank You Soooo Very much Robin … :))
    …Brit…

    – TheBrit

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