Menagerie Monday (1)

Having been rather subtly called to task after I published a couple of photos recently, under the category of Melancholy Monday, which didn’t seem to live up to the adjective, I have decided to inaugurate a new category. As I am very fond of photographing all sorts of critters wherever I may find them, I should not want for candidates for quite a while. And to start it off, I’ll offer you a portrait that I made last week of one of the perky little red Red squirrel 2582squirrels, aka pine squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) that frequent the woods around our cabin. I love the unusual angle he offered me as he stared directly at me from his perch on the end of a broken, lichen-encrusted branch on the side of one of our Norway pines. Happy Monday, everyone, and a happy start to a brand-new autumn!

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17 Responses to Menagerie Monday (1)

  1. Vicki says:

    Cute little fellow :)

  2. Sweet image. I like the new category. :-)

    • krikitarts says:

      I’m liking it too, and am already planning new posts to present. And I’ve already started to store my new ideas in a special place where I can go to them or add to them at any time.

  3. shoreacres says:

    There’s nothing like a squirrel to make me smile, and this one’s especially cute. It’s an essence-of-squirrel pose, and it’s great that you were able to get some foot detail in there, too. I must say, even without the squirrel, the bark on that tree would make a fine photo. I’ve never seen anything quite like it.

    I’m all in favor of Menagerie Monday. When I saw Melancholy Monday last week — well, let’s just say Melancholy isn’t something I like to seek out or linger over. :-)

    • krikitarts says:

      Their feet are fascinating, aren’t they? I have often wondered if the sticky pine sap that I find so irritating bothers them at all. Probably not, as it probably helps their footing when they’re scampering around and performing their incredible acrobatics. When I get any on me, I can’t think of anything else until I get rid of it. Yay for GooGone! And, yes, the Norway pine bark is wonderful. I’ll try to bring you some more of it soon.

  4. I take it the squirrel didn’t ride the tree over from Norway.

    In checking the article at

    I found that this species of squirrel doesn’t make it down to Texas.

  5. Adrian Lewis says:

    Beautiful shot, my friend – I like all of it! >>> his pose, that green lichen, and also the backdrop is just wonderful – the whole is right up there with your best. A

    • krikitarts says:

      He was so active, scampering around the tree, up and down, out on branches and back–it was lucky for me that he stopped on this broken one long enough to have a good look at me!

  6. Meanderer says:

    How sweet! Look at him looking at you with as much curiosity! Lovely, Gary.

    • krikitarts says:

      He was probably wondering if I had any peanuts to put out for him–I hang some on strings every few days so they have to work to get them, pulling the strings up paw-over-paw until they get the prize. They get really good at it!

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