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Squirrel Staring from Ashe Juniper 6077

On the morning of June 23, as I was proofing the post you saw last time, I heard a thud on the roof and then watched while the white squirrel and a regularly colored one jumped into the Ashe juniper tree outside my window and chased madly about, whether playing or fighting I couldn’t tell. At one point, locked together, they fell off a branch of the tree and disappeared from my sight, but soon afterward I saw each one back up high again, though moving separately, so the fall apparently didn’t hurt them. Some minutes later the regularly colored squirrel came back for a bout of staring at me, as you see. Unfortunately the white one didn’t, but because it hangs out around here maybe I’ll get more chances to photograph it.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 26, 2013 at 6:10 AM

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  1. Well, he’s a curious little one isn’t he? So cute!


    June 26, 2013 at 6:17 AM

    • Definitely curious and cute—but then I guess that could describe the photographer, too.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 26, 2013 at 6:44 AM

      • Well, If you post a picture of yourself climbing up the side of a tree I would be better able to compare and comment in that regard LOL!!!! 🙂


        June 26, 2013 at 6:51 AM

        • I think my tree climbing days are largely behind me, Cindy, and the sideways stance this squirrel assumed was never one I could have managed even when young.

          Steve Schwartzman

          June 26, 2013 at 7:05 AM

      • Oh darn, that could have been fun :).


        June 26, 2013 at 8:50 AM

  2. Really nice portrait. D

    Pairodox Farm

    June 26, 2013 at 6:42 AM

  3. What a great capture! What a pose he’s got going on.

    Lisa Vankula-Donovan

    June 26, 2013 at 7:27 AM

  4. We watch squirrels occasionally attempt the tree-to-tree jump across our creek — and miss. Fun stuff. Better than cat videos. I’ve never seen an albino squirrel before! Thanks for the trackback or I might have otherwise missed it.


    June 26, 2013 at 7:32 AM

  5. Great capture!

    Mark Mendonck

    June 26, 2013 at 8:05 AM

  6. A perfect pose for your camera. Really nice. I like this squirrel photo very much.


    June 26, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    • Mr. Squirrel definitely made eye contact, and because he held that pose for a while I was able to make several portraits of him.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 26, 2013 at 9:48 AM

  7. But here’s a question – can he make coffee?

    Yes, that’s my little friend. I wish I’d taken more photos of him. I’ll have to stick to telling his stories and admiring your portraits.


    June 26, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    • Somehow I doubt this one can make coffee, but I know you must have had a lot of fun with one that could do that. Too bad it’s in the past tense.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 27, 2013 at 7:37 AM

  8. I think you’re going to have to crawl up the ladder and clean that window regularly! It’s a great source of photos and entertainment for you. I love the long “fingers” and that stick straight tail! Although the white squirrel was really cool too and looked great.


    June 26, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    • If I had a ladder long enough to reach that high, I’d gladly do it. I’ve thought about hiring someone, but so far inertia has won the day. Like you, I noticed how straight the midline of the squirrel’s tail was, and it surprised me.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 27, 2013 at 7:40 AM

  9. Cute squirrel but I’d be very interested to see a white one. Is it an albino?


    June 27, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    • No, the white squirrel from last time has normal eyes rather than pink ones, so it isn’t an albino. Let’s hope you see one in Europe one of these days—or you can plan a trip to Texas.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 27, 2013 at 7:43 AM

  10. he he he…I just love squirrels, they’re so photogenic! You are SO lucky!


    July 2, 2013 at 10:32 PM

  11. […] take this to have been a fox squirrel, Sciurus niger, which is common in central Texas (including right outside my window at home). The tree seems to have been a sweetgum, Liquidambar styraciflua, which grows abundantly in east […]

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