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This New Year thing gives me an excuse to present my most used model during the year that soon is to end – the red squirrel!

The red squirrel is an animal in a special class when it comes to cuteness and popularity, they are very photogenic too and a pleasure to work with. By nature they are rather shy but after a while they become friendly and trustful if you treat them well…

At the most there were nine of them around my house last summer, from two litters. However the juveniles were chased away after a few weeks, as they were forced to find their own habitat.

There are two of them spending the winter in my neighbourhood, and they come around regularly for breakfast - hazelnuts are the definitive favourite! And I had to leave my bike outside during winter, so they have an elevated place to sit while eating…

By the way - did you know that the origin of the English word squirrel lies in the Greek word skiouros (squirrel), from skia (shadow, shade) and oura (tail). The squirrel then, is the "shadow-tail" that is, the animal that can cool off in the shade of its own big, bushy tail!


I WISH YOU ALL A HAPPY, HEALTHY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR –
AND BE NICE TO THE SQUIRRELS IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD!

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Additional Photos by Pablo Minto (pablominto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9892 W: 315 N: 14432] (53746)
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