One Giant Leap For Squirrelkind


What, you’ve never seen a squirrel glider before?

I mentioned in last week’s Saturday Squirrel feature that I got a new camera for sqturday squirrel logoChristmas… one that takes much better pictures than the one I had for four years which supplied all of the other squirrel pictures I have taken.  One thing this camera captures much better than the old one is squirrels in motion.  This is what I used to get…. above is one of the picture from my first batch I took with the new camera last Friday.

WOW!  Now that is an awesome picture of a squirrel leaping onto a tree!  He looks like he’s just hanging there in suspended animation… and in near perfect focus!  If this is a sign of what I might be able to capture with this new camera, I should have many fantastic pictures to show off this year for my weekly Saturday Squirrel.

Here’s another one I took just before that of a squirrel hopping down my street…

I believe I can fly!

I believe I can fly!

I can’t wait to finally capture one leaping high up in a tree… it will happen!

Well, assuming my squirrels survive the bitterly cold weather we’re going to be getting Sunday through Tuesday…. cold we haven’t seen the likes of since at least 1996.  I hope my buddies survive out there… especially the young red tailed Foxy.

Can I borrow your jacket?

Can I borrow your jacket?

Stay warm out there this weekend!

About evilsquirrel13

Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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29 Responses to One Giant Leap For Squirrelkind

  1. merbear74 says:

    I know, gonna be like 40 below they are saying. We need to set up snuggle shacks for them. 🙂 Awesome pictures, man. Oh, did you see my post? I linked you.

  2. reocochran says:

    Hey, saw a commercial for a new animated children’s film, called “The Nut Job!” Thought of you! I always think it is cool all the ways you work squirrels into your cartoons and posts! Take care, Robin

  3. NotAPunkRocker says:

    I just imagine they are hopping along the way. Boing…boing…boing…

    Great pictures 🙂

    • Thanks! Now I will here boing boing boing every time I see a squirrel hopping on down the road!

      The wonderful thing about squirrels, is squirrels are wonderful things!

      • NotAPunkRocker says:

        Their tops are made out of rubber,
        their bottoms are made out of spring
        They’re bouncy, bouncy, bouncy, bouncy,
        fun, fun, fun, fun, fun,
        The most wonderful thing
        about squirrels is:
        There isn’t only one!

  4. Scout Paget says:

    Super snaps! I am thinking about all those critters out there in the cold – it’s going to be harsh for them the next few days. 😦

    Hey, I saw this pic & thought of you and your buddies, Robin. Take care & stay cozy.

  5. youngatfifty says:

    wow fantastic pics ! and look at that shadow on the road …just perfect.

  6. Hover Squirrel Awaaayyyy!

  7. 1jaded1 says:

    It has been so cold here in the upper part of the state, and 18 inches of snow. 10 more to come and highs below zero. My heart is breaking for the outside animals.

    • Yeah, it really bothers me too. I’d imagine the squirrels up north are a bit more prepared for the cold than the ones here, who assuming the normal lifespan of a squirrel, have likely never experienced cold below 0 before… and it will be below zero pretty much from Sunday night until Tuesday morning…

  8. dogfordavid says:

    Great pictures 🙂 and I hope the squirrels do well this winter too. Any chance there are ways a human could help them with that? I had never really thought of it before, but there may be something. : )

  9. I worry for our wild friends too. It’s really rough out there. I’ve hardly seen any birds or anything else in the last week, since the temps dropped so low. I’m sorry I took down my old teepee. It used to shelter some of the critters in the winter.

    What camera did you get? Great stop-action shots.

    • It’s a Canon PowerShot SX160. I’m not a camera person, so that means nothing to me other than the fact that I’m glad I’m no longer taking pictures of blurry squirrels! 🙂

      • That’s a nice camera. I had one (now my son’s) in my neverending quest for the perfect point-and-shoot compact camera to take everywhere I go. It’s got a big brother, the 260 (now the 270 I think) which has a longer lens — useful for the kind of photography you like doing. Wildlife is a specialty. You need a long lens, one that will stop action even when extended. The best ones are pricey, so within the modestly priced choices, you’ve made an excellent selection. If you decide you want to get something more let me know. I think I’ve looked at or owned just about everything at this point!

  10. draliman says:

    The “hopping” squirrel is hilarious! He looks like he’s going “boing boing boing” down the road.
    Have fun with your new camera!

  11. gentlestitches says:

    Love the photos. I am glad you didn’t rake. Shane left a comment on your blurred lines post. 🙂

  12. Hey! I got a new camera for Christms too! Love your squirrel shots. I don’t have any b/c our squirrels are in deep hiding – between the snow, freezing rain, and flash freezing, not to mention the arctic dip in temperatures, with or without windchill. I hear you’re experiencing it too! 😦

  13. Trisha says:

    That first shot is amazing! It came out so clear and the little guy looks so cute suspended there.

    • And it’s probably the only clear shot I’ve ever gotten of a squirrel in motion with that damn camera as well! Granted, it’s still better than my old camera was… but as the jumping squirrel I posted today shows, there’s still some blur on the action shots. Maybe this squirrel was jumping slower just for me? 🙂

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