Thursday, March 8, 2012

Backyard siesta


As many of you know, I capture a lot of my bird photos through my office window.  Lately though, I've been noticing that my photos just aren't as good.  Probably due to the fact that my windows could use a cleaning.  Ugh!  Might be a weekend chore.
 

Did you happen to catch that full moon last night?  Pretty awesome.  I thought I'd practice my night photo skills.  Which are way below par.  And of course, by the time I got out to take some pics, it had turned cloudy.  Bummer!  But a number of you shared what I couldn't see.  Loved them!

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With the weather warming up, Rocky Squirrel and all his friends have been quite active in the backyard.  Flirting and chasing and constantly trying to figure out how to bust open my bird feeders.  Fortunately ... they have been unsuccessful!


All that activity can be exhausting as Rocky demonstrated yesterday.  I couldn't figure out why he was just sitting on the branch and not moving.  Very unusual.   


 I watched him for a while and thought perhaps he was sick.


But then he slowly closed his eyes ... 



And took a nap!

He must have stayed there for five minutes or so until he was
so rudely intruded upon by one of his cousins.  Rocky gave him a good chase
and then returned to his napping post.
 
 Who knew a squirrel could be that still?



53 comments:

EG CameraGirl said...

I'm sure your local squirrels haven't given up yet, Reena. They are still thinking about it and will soon show you! :)

TexWisGirl said...

he's too cute, nestled for a nap. (and i need to clean my office window again, too. that's where i shoot about 90% of my birds from as well...)

Wolfsrosebud said...

beautiful nature pics

Florida Farm Girl said...

Doesn't everybody take pictures through dirty windows???? I do. :)

My squirrels have suddenly become voracious eaters as well as being mighty frisky.

ds said...

Dirty window or no, I love that lady cardinal. Thanks for the proof that squirrels do have "down time." : )

Sylvia K said...

I know what you mean about the windows!! I shoot so many shots from mine!! I love your captures for the day, Reena, as always. That squirrel is so adorable -- you surely don't see them nappy like that very often!! I did see the moon last night -- it was actually about 4AM, but I was too sleepy to reach for my camera! It's still a lovely shot! I'm still working on my moon shots! Hope you have a great weekend!

Sylvia

Michael said...

the napping squirrel is priceless...never seen that before

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I've never seen a squirrel do that before--Break into a bird feeder, of course, but take a nap, I didn't even think they slept! :-)

I've missed your blog this week, and I hope you're doing well and enjoying your day!!

Jim said...

That last photo! Who would have thought that they REST!

Daryl Edelstein said...

they look so sweet and innocent ... sigh ..of course I missed the moon by the time it gets dark enough to see (all these city lights, what a pain) I am asleep ...

Judy said...

Awe, that last shot is a cute one.

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

I take bird pics through my windows too and they are terrible right now. So desperate for a clean. I don't think I've ever seen a squirrel stay still let alone sleep.

CherryPie said...

I take photos through dirty windows too ;-)

A few days ago, that is how I captured my night time moon.

A squirrel being that still is not natural ;-)

Sandra said...

your skills on moon shots look fine from here, i love the spooky quality. and that squirrel is so darned adorable with his eyes closed, i have never seen that before. so sweet and deserving of aaawwwwwww

forgetmenot said...

Reena, Your photos are always wonderful! Love the sequence of squirrel shots--what a cute little guy. I'd think maybe he might fall off! And the moon shot is amazing--so hard to get a good shot many times. Hope you have a great weekend. Mickie :)

Mental P Mama said...

How sweet is that???

Ivanhoe said...

Awwwwww.... that poor lil' thing needed a nap :) Too cute!
By the time I noticed that huge moon, it was behind the clouds as well. And it has been raining since :(

My Journey With Candida said...

Could Rocky be a Rockette and going to be having little Rockellas? Looks a little fat to me.

My Journey With Candida said...

Could Rocky be a Rockette and going to be having little Rockellas? Looks a little fat to me.

Brian Miller said...

awww...i absolutely love squirrels...they are one of my fav animals....love the moon shot too...it was so bright

Ginny said...

This has got to be a first, I have never seen a squirrel napping! I didn't even think they took naps, they have such a speedy metabolism. Well done!!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How funny! He was a good boy and took a nap! ♥ (I'll have to tell my hubby...I'm always showing him your posts so that we can both keep up!)

Kathy said...

I guess he just got a little tuckered out!

bill lisleman said...

the squirrel might be confused by the odd weather. Maybe he need more hibernation.

Cozy Little House said...

Who knew! I never saw a squirrel sleep. I never get good night shots. But you ALWAYS get good shots night or day!
Brenda

Stewart M said...

Hi there - nice sleeping squirrel! A nap in the woods sounds pretty good at present.

Stewart M - Australia

Rambling Woods said...

My windows are always dirty because it helps keep the birds from hitting them and that is important during migration times when you might have visitors..so you are doing a good thing.. love the napping squirrel..

Gillian Olson said...

What a great capture, I have never witnessed a squirrel having a nap. But then I am pretty sure none of them have a picture of me having a nap either (but we both do). :)

Pat said...

Such a cute, sleepy little squirrel! In the winter, I take the screen out of the bedroom window and open the window for a clear shot.

edgar said...

Does squirrel become tired? Does it pass through a dream state?

Shane Kent Louis said...

Haha! Well then, your window needs a little cleaning if that's the case. I wasn't able to capture that beautiful moonlight. :(

The squirrel looks so adorable! Love it! :)


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LadyFi said...

Such adorable shots!

Nancy Claeys said...

That's so cute! I actually saw a real squirrel in the yard yesterday, which is rare. I hope he comes back! :)

Catherine said...

Too too cute! Oh he is adorable just having a little nap. I want a squirrel!!!!
xo Catherine

Steve Gravano said...

Hey, I thought it was a texture layer or something new. Who knew dirty windows could be so handy in creating something different.

Elizabeth Grimes said...

What an adorable napping squirrel! :) I really like the effect of that first one, I would have never known the cause was a dirty window! Lol. :)

islandwonder said...

I saw a squirrel take a nap for 15-minutes outside my office window one day. I was shocked. It really stretched out.

Suldog said...

I rather like the bird photo, through dirty window or not. Is it a cardinal? Although I love birds, I'm not very good at identifying them.

Madi and Mom said...

Ms. Reena your pictures are always good even when the windows are less than purrfect
Hugs Madi

Mags said...

I love this-what a rare moment to watch a squirrel sleeping! I know first hand that they almost never stop-we had some in our attic last year, which is also our bedroom!

Great shots!

Ann said...

I have windows that need cleaned too. Poor little squirrel is plain worn out

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful collection of shots. The cardinal is my favorite. Have a wonderful weekend,Reena!

Linda R said...

That is to funny.. Who knew squirrels took naps.. Such wonderful photos my friend..

Ross said...

That's so funny! I've never seen a squirrel do that before! Great pictures! Have a great weekend.

Evelyn S. said...

My family of squirrels is working diligently on the two feeders full of sunflower seeds. Some days, I ignore them but if I think they are keeping the goldfinches away, I go out and chase the squirrels away....for awhile. Share and share alike!

Jennifer Richardson said...

I KNEW they must sleep sometime,
SOMEwhere!
thanks for the proof.
and that moon was memorable,
magic.
beautiful memory.
-Jennifer

Tracy said...

awww, what a precious photo of the sleeping squirrel! love it!

S. Etole said...

The squirrels are out in full force here. They are fun to watch.

Sharkbytes said...

Ha! Even the squirrels have to sleep, but who knew they'd be brave enough to do it on an open branch.

Hilary said...

Awww sweet little guy. Maybe you should keep some marshmallows on hand. You know.. for pillows. ;)

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

reena, i'm in awe of your photos. i love every single one. my favourite is that magical moon!!!
it just caught my eye.

xo

annbumbly said...

First squirrel I've seen that's actually cute.

Margaret said...

his little closed eyes are too cute! Little squirrelly bliss. :)