Do you ever look at a wild animal and wonder what they are thinking? I met this little chipmunk while at my in-laws one day. I sat out in the garden very quietly with my camera enjoying the summer weather and waiting patiently for some animals or birds to appear. I really love this photo because he is so darn cute but also because it just looks like he is thinking about something, like maybe, “Now, where did I hide those nuts again?” or “Ooooh, I’m a little scared. What is that big, tall thing looking at me??”
I also think it’s a great macro shot because it blurs the background just enough so that you still get the colour around the chipmunk to add some vibrancy to the photo but at the same time you are not distracted by the background.
This photo brings a memory to the surface as well. Whereas my husband remembers everything that has ever happened to him (well it seems like that anyway), my mind is so full (actually overflowing most of the time) that I have only retained some of the memories from my childhood. One thing I do remember is going to my neighbour’s cottage in Haliburton, Ontario, and more particularly visiting the old man next door. He was very tall and thin and seemed ancient to me at the time, but looking back now maybe he wasn’t as old as I thought he was. Anyway, this man lived there all year round, and he was what I would now call a chipmunk whisperer. He was very quiet and loved to sit out on his porch, and I guess the little critters just got used to him. He had them so used to him in fact that they would come up on the porch and crawl right up from his foot to his shoulder. He fed them of course, and I guess that helped, but I have never seen chipmunks quite that tame. Usually, if they get used to you, they will approach you and maybe take a peanut from your hand, but these little guys literally climbed all over him. Being a city girl back then, it fascinated me to no end. I looked forward to visiting him. Now, living in a rural area, seeing little critters is quite common, but I have never been able to become a chipmunk whisperer myself! I will keep trying though :).