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Make 'em Laugh

“Make ’em Laugh” (Juvenile American Red Squirrels) Nikon D300, 240mm (200-400mm F/4G), F/6.3, 1/320s, ISO 2000

I should have said TRIPLETS! Holy cow! This is becoming¬†the clown car of birdhouses! ūüėȬ†¬†

Count ’em – three baby red squirrels!!! (Now I know why Momma Red looks so exhausted!) ūüôā¬†¬†Speaking of Momma, she¬†is never too far away and¬†she trusts that I’m not going to hurt her babies so I’ve been allowed to get really¬†close.¬†

These three are getting very adventurous so I don’t think the vicinity of the house will contain them for long. I am¬†working on shooting some video¬†and hope to post a short snippet so that you can all see just¬†how adorable they are in action!¬†¬†

 

Bookends

“Bookends” (Juvenile American Red Squirrels) Nikon D300, 350mm (VR 200-400mm F/4G), F/6.3, 1/320s, ISO 2000

It’s funny – ¬†like children, they have spurts of tremendous energy, using the house as a veritable jungle gym, sniffing and exploring all around, diving back into the hole at the slightest strange sound, only to pop back out to explore once again. After a period of about 10 minutes, they are worn out and return to the¬†safety of the nest for some needed nap time.¬†

I never thought I’d ever witness such a wonderful¬†thing and I feel so very blessed to have this opportunity to capture the experience and share it all with you! Enjoy! ūüėÄ

Update: I did decide to change the name of the second image from ‘Triplets’ to ‘Bookends’ – just seems to fit, right? ūüėČ

Today is my sister Lori’s birthday – Happy Birthday, Sis!! ‚ô•¬†¬†

What could be more¬†appropriate for a Gemini¬†then TWIN baby red squirrels!!! Yep, that’s right folks, there are TWO baby reds in the birdhouse! Both are very curious and it was hilarious watching them¬†play hide ‘n seek with me today!¬†¬†

The first baby is lighter and golden in color, has a pink-ish spot just to the right above the nose (might be hard to see in the image) and the cutest rosy mouth!

Pucker Up, Baby

“Pucker Up, Baby” (Juvenile American Red Squirrel in Birdhouse) Nikon D300, 1000mm (600mm w/1.7x teleconverter), F/6.7, 1/60s, ISO 640

The second baby is the same as¬†in yesterday’s post (I think). S/he has more red in the fur and is much braver of the two as demonstrated here:

Braveheart

“Braveheart” (Juvenile American Red Squirrel in Birdhouse) Nikon D300, 1000mm (600mm w/1.7x teleconverter), F/6.7, 1/100s, -0.3EV, ISO 640

(Although, this is as far as s/he would venture out¬†before frantically realizing leaving might not be the smartest thing to do). ūüėȬ†

So, there ya go, Lori! Let’s see Lon beat that! ūüėĬ†

Love you!

Baby Red

“Baby Red” (Juvenile American Red Squirrel in Birdhouse) Nikon D300, 600mm, F/6.3, 1/125s, ISO 640

A few days ago, I posted an image of a female red squirrel¬†sticking her head out of the entrance of¬†our large yellow birdhouse. I was certain the squirrel was a momma and suspected there’d be babies in that house.¬†

Today, I got proof! 

When momma left¬†to go forage for peanuts and sunflower seeds, this sweet face popped out of the hole. Welcome to the world, Baby Red! ūüėĬ†

This is as far as Momma Red will allow the little one to go (for now) but I’m sure very soon, like mom, s/he will be scampering about and harassing the greys!¬†

Just when you think life can’t get any cuter, huh?

Because I have an extensive garden, I often get asked what folks should plant in their gardens. My response is always the same: plant what you love.  

Gardens are alot of work.¬†No getting around it. And after a long day of digging, hauling, lifting, pruning, planting, weeding, fertilizing, mulching¬†and watering, you’d better like what you are looking at! ūüôā¬†¬†

Our home came complete with a fairly nice landscape base but it contained many plants that I simply did not care for. It took about three years¬†for me to summon up the courage to¬†remove said plants and start building my garden. And it’s a process that will¬†continue until the day I become compost. ūüėČ

Nara

“Nara” (Paeonia suffruticosa ‘Kinkaku’, Japanese Tree Peony), Nikon D300, 1000mm (600mm w/1.7x teleconverter), F/13, 1/125s, -1.3EV, ISO 200

So when the knees of my jeans are encased in dirt, my muscles are sore¬†and my hands appear like I’ve been farming the back nine,¬†I don’t have to look far to understand why I do it. The reasons are right there in the¬†peonies and the clematis, in the rhodies and the azaleas and even, in the vegetable garden. I also see it in the eyes of the birds and critters who share this space with us.¬†¬†

Yep, my garden is a labor of love and right now, this labored gardener¬†could use a hot bath! ūüôā

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