Sunday, April 20, 2008

Camera Critters 2

Details about Camera Critters are here.

My backpack had gotten wet from a spilled water bottle, so we emptied it and hung it on a tree in the campsite at Bryce Canyon National Park so it could dry out. This Golden Mantle Squirrel did not believe that that was all there was to it. There must be treats in there, right? No. These campers know better than to feed the animals. People food is not good for wild critters. (Makes you think about what you eat, doesn't it?) And critters who learn to beg are especially at risk when the tourists go home.
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Golden Mantle Squirrels are a bit larger than chipmunks. They have stripes on their sides, but not on their faces as the chipmunks do.

35 comments:

andrée said...

What a great opportunity for a wonderful photo. He wasn't scared off by your presence so close by, either. It is a beautiful squirrel species.

Lilli & Nevada said...

That is so cute, gosh i love squirrels there just so interesting

Juli said...

Sneaky little buggers. They are constantly trying to get at our bird feeders. My critter is here if you want to check it out.

Blue said...

What a good shot & post.
He looks like the Ground Squirells I know from Saskatchewan, Canada.

See you tomorrow @ Odd Shots.
Best wishes
Blue

Misty Dawn said...

What a cute photo! He was definitely wishing you would have forgotten even a little morsel in that backpack ;-) Thanks for playing CC - this is such an adorable shot.

CrazyCath said...

That is so cute! He looks very disappointed.

Katney - I read our comment at Daryl's re the photo comp. I voted for you first on one computer, and Daryl first on another. So you should have AT LEAST one vote! Not a zero. I think the comp is not fairly assessed. Just to let you know it was not because I found out you could only vote once, because I used two computers to do it so you each got a vote from me.

Carletta said...

What a cute picture!

Thanks for coming by mine earlier.

Carole said...

Great shot!

babooshka said...

So many sqiurrels today and none on my island. Such a cutie.

Ashrunner said...

Golden Mantle Squirrels are really cool subjects. Their tameness makes them even more fun to shoot. Thanks for sharing.

Dina said...

What a face! Good he didn't just chew on your bag.

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

I guess they wanted to go back home with you.

Tammy said...

That is a great shot!

Kostas said...

Wow! Beloved, cute and beautiful!

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Hehe... aren't they the best!! Love 'em!

Mike said...

That's a great picture. I've had squirrels come to my steps before but I just fed them peanuts. I had to stop as they were getting bolder and I didn't want them in my house lol.

imac said...

Poor litttle fella, sooo cute and a great post for Camera Critters.

DeeMom said...

Great picture...Hubby uses the Bear bag thing when they go to the Boundary Waters...BUT sometimes there is ESSENCE of OREOS that can sure turn a nose of a critter...

Marcos Santos said...

The curiosity is one of their weapons to survive

Vader's Mom said...

What a cute photo!

And I agree - i hate seeing people feed the animals people food.

Sharon said...

What a great catch! He is really cute.

Indrani said...

Wow a friendly squirrel. I wish one would visit me. As you said we have to be careful what we feed them.

Simply Shannon said...

He is too cute.

Judi (Gmj) said...

Great shot. Good for you not feeding the critters when camping.

Snooty Primadona said...

Hey, you're lucky to still have that backpack in tact. Anything left outside around here goes to the making of the squirrel's nests, lol. Cute little creatures, but destructive.

Amber said...

I imagine you get to see lots of critters while camping. I am not the outdoorsy type at all so miss out on that stuff.

Stine said...

Sweet critter - great shot!

Paulie said...

What a cutie! Good thing he was jsut sitting n it and not inside!

Kerri said...

Oh, what a cutie! Great shot!

Heart of Rachel said...

Good thing you had your camera handy. Great timing. Looks like he was up there investigating for some free meal.

ratmammy said...

What a sweet photo! Great close up! And thanks for visiting my blog!

Gretchen said...

That is a really cute photo!

Where is that national park located?

SwordMama said...

Cute little squirrel! :-)

Salty said...

Cute little Critter you have here!

Thanks for your nice comment at Country Captures.

Teena said...

What a great candid shot!

Thanks for visiting :)