If you’ve ever tried to take pictures of squirrels before, you’re probably aware of how frustrating it can be to get exactly what you’re trying to get a photo of because they are very fast, have lightning quick reflexes, and don’t like to stay still for very long. Trying to capture a squirrel jumping? Ha! Forget about it. If you happen to get a midair squirrel, you just got very lucky the squirrel decided to spring just before the picture took. And that isn’t even taking into account whether the photo will be in focus and not blurred since the automatic features of modern cameras are nothing compared to the super processors that control sciurine movement…
I luck into about one such leaping squirrel photograph a year on average, with only my well known One Giant Leap squirrel coming out crystal clear. On my most recent trip to the park three weeks ago, I hit a mini jackpot by capturing not just one mid-jump squirrel on my memory card…. but two!
And naturally, I was quite giddy about my accomplishment before I even got home to process the results. Yeah, maybe I need a life. But if leaping Saturday Squirrels don’t bring a little joy into your heart, maybe it’s time for a transplant…
Have a great weekend everyone!
what an amazing capture!
Great photos. Normally, when trying to take a photo of a leaping squirrel, there is an empty photo. I have lots of photos of birds and squirrels, but to see them needs imagination.
You can’t possibly predict the jump and take the picture fast enough. It has to be complete chance that the squirrel jumps when the picture is taken…
They sure do move quickly……but you manage the capture often enough to have a great collection of “flying squirrels” doing mid-air leaps!
Unfortunately, most of those high wire artists look like they’re in the witness protection program given how blurry they end up. These two turned out pretty well though… clear enough to put on a circus poster.
And people thought the Flying Wallendas were something. Pfft. Great photographic capture!
The fact that squirrels don’t need to wear some cheesy leotard makes their act all the more enjoyable…
A squirrel in a leotard? Gah…eye bleach!!
I am always in awe of squirrels and their amazing jumping (and landing) skills.
It’s a true wonder of nature. And how they never seem to land on a branch that’s about ready to rot off…
Nice one (two)! Most of my attempted squirrel photos are just furry blurs…
I don’t think I ever remember seeing a squirrel photo on your blog before… so if by chance you ever get a good squirrel picture, I do hope you put it up for me to see!
Those ARE amazing! The only squirrel I ever got photos of was the squirrel in the tree by my old house. He never showed up until I was almost ready to move too. He’d sit on my chain link fence and I swear he was claiming ownership of the old place. So bold. Given that there were owls in those trees too, I wonder how long he survived….
I remember in biology class we got the…. er…. pleasure of dissecting owl pellets to find the bones and other remnants of their prey. There were mice, but I always assumed squirrels were too big for an owl. That and owls usually being nocturnal…
Very awesome leaping squirrels Evil!
I never get what I’m trying to get. I just shoot a lot and hope some of them come out well!
Me too, really. I end up deleting about two thirds of the photos I take on any given squirrel excursion. About half of those deleted photos either have no squirrel or look like a picture the camera took while I was dropping it….
Cool! Patience is sometimes rewarded, eh?
Patience is necessary in squirrel photography. Since I have almost no patience, I have no idea how I’m able to get so many decent pictures…
Great boing! Patience is a virtue. 🙂
Leaping Saturday squirrels definitely bring a little joy to my heart. Great captures!
Squirrels brought much joy before I moved. I loved them, knew generations of them. They knew me from their grandmother/greatgrandmother squirrel whom I trained to eat from my hand. It took atleast a year, but we became so close that she’d nearly walk in the house. They are smart and very loving when shown the human friendship possibility. I miss them all terribly. It’s nice to see them admired.