By on Monday, August 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

Shortly after I took this photo, it went “viral”:

eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

Among other places, it made its way to a Photoshop Battle on Reddit after it was posted to Imgur, where it had over a million views after its first week.

I had fun taking this photo. I sat on the ground and waited for squirrels to come by. When a squirrel would come near, I would hold my camera almost on the ground in one hand and have a peanut ready in the other hand. I tilted the camera’s viewscreen upward so I could see it at least somewhat, and I pre-focused the camera to a fairly short distance (manual focus rather than autofocus). When the squirrel was at about the right distance, I would toss the peanut its way and take a quick burst of photos. I missed lots and lots of shots that I tried for: many were way out of focus, lots didn’t even have the squirrel in them because squirrels do move, and so on. But I’m happy with how this one turned out!


  1. I loved this photo so much I decided to paint it. It’s not done yet but I wanted to ask your permission to post my painting on Facebook when it is done. I’ll be sure to give credit to you as the photographer. You did the hard work. I can’t believe you were able to catch this. Yesterday I painted another squirrel smelling a flower in a bouquet I had done but didn’t like. It was a hit, so today I thought I’d try another one.

    Karen Pannabecker


    • Thanks — sounds good! I’ll send you a more detailed reply by email.

      E.G. Squirrel


      • I tried replying to your email twice but I keep getting “mail delivery failure” messages. I don’t know why that would be since I’m just hitting “reply”
        Thanks for your permission to paint my version of your photo. I wish I could show it to you.

        Karen Pannabecker


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