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Repost: The Secret Lives of Red Squirrels

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2/29/16: Geert Weggen shoots squirrels from his kitchen window, but not in the way that you’d think. When he chose the site for his house, he realized how much wildlife would be passing by its windows, and he got a brilliant idea.

“I started building a house with an open outside studio where wild animals can freely come. This studio is build 1 meter from the ground and is directly connected with my kitchen window. This is how I make compositions on an eye level, 3 meters from my window.”

He sets up tiny props and scenes, then he uses food to lure his subjects into the space. The photos he gets are remarkable, and he claims the props are practical and not photoshopped in after the fact. Also, the way he tells it, the red squirrels are entirely wild, though there is a picture at the bottom of him approaching a totally unfazed squirrel, so maybe his definition of “wild” is a bit different from mine.

Nonetheless, the photos are charming, and now I want a red squirrel for a pet!

Epilogue: After reading about his process, I walked around my house, trying to find a vantage point from which I could photograph beautiful wildlife. I finally concluded that I could get a good vantage point of the neighborhood feral cats pooping in the alley between houses. Not quite the same thing, though, is it?

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Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

2 thoughts on “Repost: The Secret Lives of Red Squirrels

  1. Squirrels with the right food and no sudden movements and they will come visit very close to you. I had four of them at my house in Memphis. Every monring I sat on my front porch with my morning coffee and a bag of dried corn. They came on the porch with me and ate their breakfast. With all that said, this guy has taken is one step further and used them as his models. LOVEED IT – Hal

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  2. Talk about being in the right place at the right time.

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