Having taken a lot of pictures of squirrels in trees over the past few years, I am more than used to sights like the one you see in today’s featured photo. Since the squirrels of my local park are not tame, they typically scatter when they realize I’m approaching and usually scurry up the closest tree. But once they reach a place where they feel relatively safe, out pokes the head and I get that look.
As a species that is more prey than predator, squirrels have to be aware of their surroundings at all time in order to survive this cold, cruel world… and it is that hyper state of alert that accounts for much of that look. But there’s also a tinge of genuine curiosity in that look which leads to what I consider to be a squirrel’s deer-in-the-headlights reaction, or a non-reaction, as it actually is since they will rarely flinch once they fixate on me. He has to be wondering what in the hell I’m doing, why I’m apparently so fascinated with him and just what my intentions are with that scary black box I have up to my face.
I have no way to communicate to the poor critter that I only want to capture his pretty face for a blog post. But that’s OK, because squirrels are so adorable when they are trying to make heads or tails out of a strange situation. And this week’s Saturday Squirrel definitely has the look….
Have a great weekend everyone!