At sunrise, a joyful squirrel comes out from behind his beautifully decorated lava-rock home and begins to sing a poem to his beloved pine cone nearby.

Beautiful Music, Please Open Using a Different Tab (O Sole Mio)
(please open the music in a different tab so you can view the image and listen to the music at the same time…it’s very funny…please share the joy of the singing squirrel with others by sending them the link) Thank you Arla for referencing this song in the comments.

Companion Images and More of the Story (just click the image to continue):

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The colorful decorations on the lava is lichen, a simple slow-growing plant that typically forms a low crustlike, leaflike, or branching growth on rocks, walls, and trees. It’s one of nature’s first methods to break down material into soil so other plants can grow…like pine trees and the beloved pine cone above.

Canon DSLR camera, Canon 500mm IS L Lens, Tripod with Ballhead Mount. For discussion of shutter speed, f-stop, available light, and my technique, please visit my profile page…thank you :-)

As of 10 Jan 2011, 517 Views and 56 Favorites.

I started out as an artist, became a pilot, and ended up where I am now: nature photographer and educator. Being a pilot allowed me to observe the Earth and humanity’s impact on it from 30,000 feet for many years. It allowed me to experience different cultures and to see the world through many lenses.

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  • John  De Bord Photography
    John De Bord ...about 4 years ago

    lol that is quite the shot I have to say! Great catch!

  • thank you John :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Istvan froghunter
    Istvan froghunterabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful photo William! Merry Christmas! Istvan

  • thank you Istvan…Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Loree McComb
    Loree McCombabout 4 years ago

    super capture

  • thank you Loree :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Christina Rollo
    Christina Rolloabout 4 years ago

    Excellent shot!

  • thank you Christina :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Brian Pelkey
    Brian Pelkeyabout 4 years ago

    Super shot!

  • thank you Brian :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Arla M. Ruggles
    Arla M. Rugglesabout 4 years ago

    “O! Solo mio!”
    Delightful capture!

  • thank you Arla for the very kind words and reference to beautiful music

    – William C. Gladish

  • Arla M. Ruggles
    Arla M. Rugglesabout 4 years ago

    “O! Solo mio!”
    Delightful capture!

  • Sherry1541
    Sherry1541about 4 years ago

    LOL The title makes it all too funny!!

  • thank you Sherry…very pleased it made you you laugh :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyabout 4 years ago

    Absolutely priceless! Marvellous capture, William!

  • thank you Mike for the very kind words :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • naturelover
    natureloverabout 4 years ago

    In a high quivery voice lol! Absolutely brilliant work! sooo cute!

  • thank you Pauline for the very kind words :-)

    – William C. Gladish

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