It was around this time a decade ago that I combined the sciurine theme of The Nest with my love of taking pictures and launched what has become my most enduring feature, my Saturday Squirrel posts. For ten years and over 520 posts, I’ve shown off the best, the worst and the weirdest products of what’s become one of my favorite hobbies…. squirrel photography!
It’s a hobby that can be just as frustrating as it is rewarding. For every shot I get that should be a contender for some kind of squirrel Pulitzer Prize, there’s another ten great opportunities I miss either due to bad timing or bad focus. And while I enjoy showing off the prizes of my ten year collection, there’s an interesting element to my Saturday Squirrel mission that sometimes gets overlooked in all of the oohing and aahing…. the squirrels themselves!
So in honor of Saturday Squirrel’s 10th anniversary this Fall, I’ve prepared a countdown of my favorite squirrels I’ve had the honor of photographing for their adoring public. A Top 50, no less! I even made this nifty little title card for the series…
Yes, I decked out my “trophy squirrel” photo for the occasion! I made a list of my fifty favorite squirrels (or, in some cases, multiple squirrels) who were the most memorable and left the greatest impression on me in these past ten years. Squirrels were chosen and ranked for this list based on their overall “body of work,” not just for a single remarkable photograph…. although there will be a handful of squirrels in this countdown who only contributed one great photo to my archive. Either way, this won’t just be an update of my Top 200 Photos countdown I did in 2018… this is all about the little guys themselves!
This countdown will begin next Tuesday with Squirrel #50, and continue each week until my absolute favorite squirrel of the past ten years is revealed on September 5, 2023! Yes, you’ll have to wait around that long to see the whole list, but I’ll try to make the ride there as enjoyable (and adorable) as possible.
Oh, and don’t worry…. there are no spoilers in this post. None of these squirrels will appear in the countdown.
Join me next Tuesday as we begin this Squirrel Hall of Fame adventure!