Friday, January 21, 2011

Squirrel Day

Crasher Squirrel visits Matthew Brady

Squirrel on Triskett Avenue, Cleveland
Yesterday, I was out with a camera. As i walked out of the car, i see squirrels. They are photogenic, and often skittish. A telephoto zoom is helpful.

A couple of days before, i was trying to remember what images were lost form my computer over two years. I remembered Crasher Squirrel. The inquisitive rodent intruded on a foto a couple was snapping on their vacation in Banff, Canada.

They submitted to National Geographic and interest exploded. People would remove the squirrel and place him in other photos. Locales and situations surprising: he was in a moon landing; looking appropriate on the Beatles, Sgt. Pepper's album; he travelled in time to a federal army camp, and to fit in, wearing a stove pipe hat.

Squirrels have a charismatic, and often, humorous presence. The croats have a children's rhyme with a squirrel with an umbrella in a rainstorm.

To-day i read, that, it is squirrel appreciation day. Ten years ago a wildlife worker designated it such, so as to have people feed the creatures, in the coldest part of winter.

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