Today is the International Squirrel Appreciation Day, and how better to celebrate it than by sharing with you some of my favorite photos I´ve shot over the years in a near-by park.
Here´s a way to show your appreciation for these lovely animals: go for a walk in your nearest park, forest… and deposit some lovely nuts around a tree. Our European ones prefer walnuts, hazelnuts and peanuts.
But as you can see in my first shot, they also like to eat some fruit in summer as well…
“An apple a day, keeps the doctor away!”
And if you´re not handing out the nuts quickly enough, they simply come and get them themselves!
Because of their lovely red fur, they´re very easy to spot in winter…
Little Red Riding Hood 😉
And like us, not all of them are cheery when it´s cold and when those silly humans try to get nearer and nearer with their big black eyes, snapping away at them…
“F*** off! That´s my nut!”
You´re thinking of yourself as an athlete of some kind? Well, think again! Anyone fancy trying this particular yoga pose?
And who says we only look pretty in red?
Aren´t these tufts just perfect and gorgeous?
Little Miss Sunshine
It´s beyond words when a wild animal decides to trust you…
squirrel feeding from my hand
And this is how they look when the nuts are all gone…
“Don´t go – give me more nuts! Please!”
And this is what I´m doing when there´s no squirrel around – I simply draw or paint one, like I did with this self-made shopping bag this winter.
For this I used some textile paint that gets washable after ironing. Make sure to use fabrics which have at least 70% cotton in them, this way the paint will stay better and last longer. I used some orange colored linen, and applied it on a grey, very light but durable synthetic material.
My squirrel shopping bag – not only good for carrying nuts around.
detail shopping bag: squirrel balancing on a rope