Spring is here and the birds are scouting and the squirells are frisky eating buds and chasing down mates. All winter I’ve been wanting to use my fathers Nippon Kongaku 300mm f4.5 lens. I’ve got it paired with a CX format sensor for an effective focal length of 810mm. Pretty good for getting uncropped images of those manic rodents. Now that it’s actually pleasant outside I’m inclined to do some nature photography.
I’m always hearing people talk about how the enormous cat population in urban areas, and Portland in particular, is a tradgedy and a half for the birds (nobody cares about the squirells :-(). But in my experience hiking around the wilderness in the Cascades, the Wallowas, the Adirondacks, and the Kiso mountains, the density of birds and rodents is much less then in urban areas. Perhaps in the woods they are more skittish of humans? But one can look down upon a canyon and see hardly any movement, whereas in my backyard alone on any given day are a multitude of critters. It didn’t take me more then 5 minutes of sitting around with my cats to spot these guys! The birds are busy eating the spilled cheese puffs of the nursing homo sapiens, the squirrels are collecting trash to bring home and stuff in their burrows for insulation, and the raccoons are being lazy gorging themselves on the compost buffets. That kind of bounty doesn't exist out in cold harsh nature.
People ask me if I recognize Steve? Are one of these squirrels Steve? I don't know. But the 2nd and 4th squirrel is a female. And to my eye they could all be the same squirrel. I really cannot tell them apart.