Over the many years I’ve been posting pictures I’ve taken of squirrels on Saturdays, I’ve gotten a lot of comments wondering how I can get so many interesting photos of the little guys. It’s not easy… and it takes a lot of patience and persistence along with a healthy dose of luck.
And that luck cuts both ways…. mostly against me. I miss many more great photo ops than I actually get simply because I wasn’t fast enough to catch it, or the photo blurred for whatever reason. I got a whole slew of great pics to share over the coming weeks from my park trip on Thursday…. but there were also many I can’t share simply because of that bad luck.
But if you keep trying, keep snapping shots, resist the temptation to just go home and play Minesweeper… you can catch some photos you literally weren’t expecting to get. I only found Batsquirrel because I was scanning the tree trying with my zoom trying to find a different squirrel I’d lost track of. The squirrel with the
tennis ball walnut in its mouth zoomed past a different squirrel I was taking a picture of, or else he never ends up in my collection and I don’t learn about what those green balls are.
And sometimes good luck comes my way in different forms. Like how I took multiple pics of this squirrel standing in a tree, one arm on a higher branch, looking upwards. The first shot blurred. The second and third, you see above. And for the heck of it, I decided to take a fourth…
I like to get a handful of shots even if the pose never changes so I can choose the best one to keep. And because sometimes…… very rarely, but sometimes…… my redundancy will capture something unexpected like this:
In the second or two it took between clicking the button and the camera actually getting the photo, the squirrel turned to look right at me. I couldn’t believe the result when it popped up in the viewfinder! And of course, as soon as I looked back up to the squirrel…. he was gone! As soon as he saw me, he beat it… meaning I’d have never gotten this great photo had I just reacted to it, and not merely gotten lucky already being in the process of shooting while he turned!
This week’s surprised Saturday Squirrel was brought to you by Lady Luck…
Have a great weekend everyone!