Squirrels In The Snow
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Those two squirrels seem to be talking to each other. Any idea of what they are saying? Let痴 see if someone can come up with a good humorous caption. Smile.
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This is a repost (Following the suggestion from a friend, I cropped closer and cloned out the long traces of brown grass to keep the focus on the squirrels)
Eastern Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensus)
Eastern grey squirrels commonly occur in two colour phases, grey and black, which leads people to think wrongly that there are two different species. Black is often the dominant colour in Ontario and Quebec, toward the northern limits of the species池ange. Further south the black phase is less common and is not found at all in the southern United States. This may indicate that the gene responsible for black coloration has some cold-weather adaptation associated with it.
The squirrel痴 fur is thicker and longer in winter. The fur colour is grey or black and may change with the seasons. The grey fur is a grizzled salt-and-pepper combination produced by lead-grey underfur, overlain by banded grey and black guard hairs tipped with white.
The most notable physical feature of the eastern grey squirrel is its large bushy tail. Indeed, the Latin word for squirrel, sciurus, is derived from two Greek words, skia, meaning shadow, and oura, meaning tail. Combining the two means loosely that the squirrel is one that sits in the shadow of its own tail. Many of the common names given to the eastern grey squirrel, such as Bannertail and Silvertail, call attention to this prominent feature.
The tail has many important functions. It acts as a rudder when the animal jumps from high places, as a warm covering during the winter, as a signal to other eastern grey squirrels indicating an individual痴 mood, and perhaps as a sunshade. Finally, the tail can be used to distract a pursuing predator.
More info can be found on the Hinterland Who's Who Website
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Nice work. Well composed. Excellent POV with clear sharp details. :-)
- [2006-03-18 15:36]
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"Hi neighbour, my nuts are all frozen. Do you have some fresh ones to nibble on?"
This is a much improved version. Congratulations.
Very nice composition & POV. The colours are great and the exposure & lighting were very well executed showing good contrast between the dark & bright areas. Good details visible on the animals as well as on the snow. Excellent DOF.
Very well done and TFS.
PS. I believe I still stand challenged.
On the thumbnail I noticed that the snow fell very selectively in their nick of the woods (chuckle). Then I read your notes and the lights went on.
I like the composition, with the squirrels in the diagonal...
Good exposure, with fine textures in the snow!
- [2006-03-19 1:41]
Very nice capture!
Great composition and nice poses,
good details and nice colours.
Thanks for sharing!
Love the colors of snow with wild life playing in it. Great capture, Colors and details are great, TFS Kyle
- [2006-03-20 15:45]
Very nice shot of this squirrels in the snow,always fun to see the small fellows in action,
- [2006-04-09 7:19]
Funny capture.POV,details,shrpness,framing and composition are
wonderful.Exposure is spot on.TFS...:-)