Monday, October 4, 2010

Summer's end

At the very beginning of my walk at Howarth Park today, after I'd walked up a little hill to Camp WaTam, I found nine California ground squirrels (Spermophilus beecheyi) gathered in the sun just outside of their den underneath a giant metal storage container. Amazingly, nobody walked by until I had most of the sketch done, a miracle because these intrepid rodents live at a busy crossroads.

The first year squirrels had a hard time staying still and would periodically pop violently out of the crowd as they rough-housed with each other, raising clouds of dust, while the more mature squirrels continued to bask serenely, undisturbed by the youthful eruptions of exuberance.


  1. This has a lot of mood .... lovely backlighting.

  2. Yes lovely lighting and great description!

  3. Another wonderful moment of squirreldom captured by your pen, Debbie!