When I first began photographing the squirrels in my neighborhood ten years ago, the subjects were plentiful. If the weather was nice, it wasn’t uncommon to see a whole handful of squirrels up and about. And if the conditions were really right, they were more active than a day care full of three year olds after a sugar-infused Kool Aid break! It probably helped that they knew the corn feeder on my tree always had a treat for them…. not to mention all the acorns from my oak. Sadly, it’s not like that anymore, and I miss all the bustle in my backyard….
But I can look back on photos like this one and remember those wild and crazy days that first got me so excited about watching these guys and preserving their antics. I’ve got a lot of photos of squirrels balancing, running and even jumping on a utility pole wire… but I know for a fact this is the only one I have with THREE squirrels all chasing each other on a wire at once! Bonus: I was actually outside in my yard when I took this picture, so my perspective of them is from just below! Yes, the squirrels are a bit blurry… but the camera will almost always focus on the background when the subject is a small body on a wire. Merby came up with the “squirrel highway” moniker that I always think of now when I see this shot…
And so the first entry in my Top 50 Saturday Squirrels countdown is a trio of acrobats! A round of applause for the Flying Squirrelendas, if you please….
applause, aplause for the 50 bestest squirrels…
We’re going to need more hands (and paws) for all this applause…
Now that’s a high wire act if I ever saw one! Very impressive……!
I’d sell the audience some peanuts, but the performers seem to have eaten them all…
Applause, applause for the acrobats. They are amazing!
They are indeed!
You must have a lot of squirrel poop in that yard.
Yeah, but at least it covers up all of the birdcrap…
I wonder what they do if two meet each other up there needing to get past? Maybe one swivels upside down.
I also wonder why there are fewer squirrels now?
Apparently, we need roundabouts on our power lines!
I actually have a couple of (non-chilling) theories on the decrease in squirrels. First, I provided corn for them very frequently the first few years I lived here… so I was probably attracting squirrels from all over the ‘hood. The past five years or so…. not so much. Plus all the tree trimming/removal that’s gone on over the past decade within view of my backyard window. A lot of shots I’d gotten in the past would be impossible now because the trees/branches no longer exist.
Makes you wonder who’s chasing whom, doesn’t it? 🐿
Especially once the caller shouts “REVERSE!!!”