Photo of the Week #42 - Grey Fox Squirrel

October 19, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

The Photo of the Week is posted every Monday.  Each photo aims to document the things I've seen, places I've been and all sorts of curious things I have encountered as I go about my daily activities.  Along with the photo I will provide some background and interesting facts about the image and some technical information as well.

 

 

I had the opportunity to photograph a corporate convention in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  During one part of the event, everyone participated in a half day of golf and I was there to capture all of the fun.  As I went about documenting the day's activities, I was also looking out for additional photos of interest to help give a broader sense of what happened on the golf course that day.  My wish came true at one point when I was standing near a wooded area next to one of the fairways.  I had just barely caught some movement beneath the trees but when I turned to look, I didn't see anything.  Suddenly, the culprit emerged from behind a tree and let out a sound that I can't even begin to describe.  It was a Grey Fox Squirrel.

 

I am from Connecticut and we don't have this particular species up north!  As I watched him stealing up acorns and pine cones I thought how fitting it is that he is adorned with a black mask like a burglar!  I was able to get this shot as he sat still for a moment while he munched on his prize.  This little guy was quite a distance from me so I had to use the full capability of my zoom lens to get in close.  I showed the photos of the convention to the participants and everyone laughed when the squirrel came up on the screen.

 

Equipment and Settings

Canon 40D
1/160 sec at f6.3, ISO 100
Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS USM lens set at 200mm


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