The term “photobomb,” referring to the act of someone or something in the background of a photograph intentionally or unintentionally stealing the focus away from the main subject(s), is still pretty new to the English language. From what I’ve found online, the first use of the term was in 2008… and thanks to the rise of camera phones and social media, photobombing became a popular viral phenomenon during the first half of the 2010’s. One of the photos that helped make the practice of photobombing famous featured a squirrel poking its head up in the foreground of an outdoor family photo.
So it’s only natural with all of the thousands of pics I’ve taken over the years that I’d eventually get a good one of a photobombing squirrel. I was trying to capture the guy in the front facing up the tree, and was certainly not expecting his friend to suddenly poke his head out from behind and look right at my camera! It’s not the neatest shot I ever got of a photobomber, but it’s the best sciurine attention ho in my collection, making him my 44th favorite Saturday Squirrel of all time!
Oh, and I’ve finally made a special page to track this countdown with links to all past entries in the series!
it’s a super cute bombing….. no doubts
Maybe his friend thought the guy with the camera would toss some corn their way……in exchange for the pose!
If they were in my yard, that might have happened. But in the park, they’ll have to make due with all of the good BBQ picnickers leave behind….
A cute photo bomb. I wouldn’t mind if I were the other squirrel.
Unless they’re one of those primadonna squirrels who don’t like the spotlight stolen from them…
Do you have some of them?
So rare to capture them in such close proximity-they usually are chasing one another off a tree racing around like maniacs. Nice capture!
It’s a good thing they’re not always in chase mode, because they’re almost impossible to photograph then. Usually, there’s always a calm before the storm, like this one…
There’s always that one squirrel who can’t bear to be left out of anything…
And I’m surprised he wasn’t giving his friend rabbit ears from behind….