Through The Viewfinder and What Alice Found There
For a while now I have longed to photograph red squirrels up close, but I have never quite managed it. I've been a few places in the Lakes where red squirrels are known to live but I either don't spot any on the day, don't get close enough for a decent picture, or they're too fast and by the time my camera is out they've run off up the next tree! However, my luck changed when last week I managed to spot some, and after a lot of waiting around I finally got the shot I'd been waiting for...
I first spotted one hopping around some trees where a few feeders were - there was a pile of nuts on the floor and one little squirrel was enjoying having the whole pile to himself! I sat on a bench and watched - I was slightly too far away for a good enough photo but I was happy just watching for the time being. After a while the squirrel grabbed a mouthful of nuts and suddenly skipped across the grass straight towards where I was sitting, before veering off into the nearby bushes.
I decided to follow him and crept around the other side of the bushes only to see him running off into the distance! Thinking I'd missed my chance I reluctantly followed, not expecting him to come back again. But before long he was back skipping around in the grass, until he noticed another pile of nuts on a tree trunk. Backwards and forwards he came, loading up with nuts then running off to bury them in the grass to eat later. It was such a delight to watch! I managed to get really close to the tree trunk, hiding behind a fence and some bushes for cover. I finally had the shots I had dreamed of for so long! I could have stayed there all day to watch...
Landscape & travel photographer from Cumbria, UK.