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2020 - November - Animals

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Red Squirrel

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Tamiasciurus hudsonicus, Grand Tetons National Park, 21 June 1985. I was surprised how close this animal let me get. It was quite content to continue eating the pine cone, even when it filled the frame with a 300 mm lens.

I was puzzled by the color, as it's one I don't expect to find in a forest.

The forest was fairly open, so a lot of sunlight was getting down to the understory. Leaves can be many shades of green. Some were in shade and others sunlit. Mush them all together by being way out of focus, and pretty much anything greenish is plausible.

I remember taking this picture, and there was nothing unusual behind the squirrel, and certainly nothing artificial. This was maybe 100 feet from the road, in a patch of trees within a bend of the Snake River.

That said, the color balance was probably off a bit. This was scanned from a Kodachrome slide many years ago. I didn't take a color reference shot at the time, so we'll never really know what the right colors are. I went back just now and tweaked the color balance a little and updated the image above.

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Monica Cellio‭ wrote about 2 years ago

Very cool! What accounts for the green glow of the background?

Olin Lathrop‭ wrote about 2 years ago

@Monica: This was taken with a long lens at short distance, so the background is very out of focus. The background was just more forest with patches of sunlight.

Monica Cellio‭ wrote about 2 years ago

Thanks Olin. I was puzzled by the color, as it's one I don't expect to find in a forest. (It kind of makes me think of the aurora borealis.)

Monica Cellio‭ wrote about 2 years ago

Re your edits: it's a great picture! I was asking for education, not criticizing.

Olin Lathrop‭ wrote about 2 years ago

@Monica: I understand. Since you were wondering, I thought others might too, so I added explanation to the answer.

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