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Red Squirrel

By jonah794  
Hi everyone!

I thought I'd share one of the best squirrels with you from Scotland. I've really struggled to think of a title for this one - so I just gave up and called it Red Squirrel. Smile

Thank you very much to Cheryl for teaching me how to do these - after all you are the expert Smile By the way, this shot is Handheld by a child with a 300mm f2.8 VR Lens (not mine!!). Wink

This was taken at the Glenmore forest park, a great place to photograph red squirrels and see them (and feed them) up close. It's just behind the cafe.

I've just come back from a two week trip to Majorca. I won't go into all the thorough details, but I really really recommend the location. I always thought of Majorca as a package holiday destination, with crammed beaches full of sunbathers and british fish and chip shops and ugly blocks of hotels. Unless you go to Magaluf/Palmanova, you just don't get this.

If you ever go - take a trip to Pollenca, one of the most beautiful little towns. In fact - all the towns in the north of the Island are so picturesque. Towns like Soller, and Fornalutx are amazing. However, what really took my breath away was the scenery. If you head away from the beaches, the mountains in the distance are just incredible. The 'Sierra de Tramuntana', is home to the highest mountain in the Balearics. Driving anywhere through this range (best drive is from Pollenca to Soller), the hairpin bends and the sweeping straights of the roads really give an AMAZING view! The various photo points along the way are great too. Best of all though - if you go at 7am (like I did) and catch sunrise, the mountains are deserted. All you can hear and see are the screeches of the black vultures and ringing bells of the goats, and the dominating mountains looming over you, with not one Thomsons tour bus in sight.

For birders, there is the Albufera marshes, one of the best wetland sites in Europe. Sadly, it only opens at 9am, but we were allowed in early (for some reason) and we saw an osprey, marsh harriers and much more. It's worth a visit for those interested.

I'm not trying to sell Majorca to you, but just don't overlook it as a holiday destination. I truly think the Island has everything one needs, the beaches and hotels around Palma, (the capital), and the mountains and marshes of the North.

Anyhow, hope everyone's summer's going well Grin


Tags: Scotland Red Squirrel Glenmore Red squirrel Wildlife and nature

Voters: kdwendorf, Imagephotographics, Elliebarn and 45 more

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20 Aug 2010 1:01PM
Excellent shot Jonah


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RipleyExile 16 1.6k 17 England
20 Aug 2010 1:16PM
It's a real shame it hasn't got it's tail sticking up, but this is a really good shot. I like the dappled background and the squirrel is spot on.
alianar 10 82 2 England
20 Aug 2010 1:19PM
great shot well done!
20 Aug 2010 1:34PM
Truly excellent shot
MrsS 13 4.5k 18 England
20 Aug 2010 1:40PM
Super sharp, Jonah - Cheryl's good, isn't she? (Don't tell her I said that!) Wink

Fran x
KarenFB Plus
13 5.4k 175 England
20 Aug 2010 2:36PM
It's gorgeous! You've caught it brilliantly, lovely sharp eyes. The branch looks quite interesting too!
20 Aug 2010 4:39PM
well caught!
10 10 10 England
20 Aug 2010 4:50PM
Like the background for this little beauty - a super shot.
NeilWigan Plus
9 17 16 England
20 Aug 2010 4:57PM
Nice shot.
20 Aug 2010 6:29PM
Brilliant capture. So cute.
davey_griffo 10 213 165 England
20 Aug 2010 7:19PM
How about "Red Alert" since it looks like it's on the look-out, & spotted trouble. Smile
OliPackwood 10 5 5 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2010 10:38PM
Brilliant shot Jonah! Now tell me, are you going to go on and write loads of novels after you become a professional photographer? Wink

20 Aug 2010 11:25PM
An absolute Beauty Jonah and welcome back with a fabulous upload Smile
21 Aug 2010 1:28PM
Great shot, I like the background - well said Oli!
csurry 18 9.2k 92
21 Aug 2010 6:24PM
See your shot shows the rope in its full glory Wink

Very nice, but of course I will be spending two weeks photographing this little beauties again in the winter - shame you'll be at school Tongue

LOL @ Fran Grin
23 Aug 2010 10:02AM
amazing shot! It's very sharp.

SteveMoulding 11 3 7 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2010 6:04PM
Stunning sharp detail and a great pose. Beautifully composed capture.
Well captured!
DRicherby 11 269 726 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2010 11:41AM
This is a lovely shot — obviously a child with strong arms to hold that big lens. Grin

You have a slight blue cast to the image, which is just about visible on his white fur but more prominent in the forest background, which looks a bit turquoise, instead of green. I've posted a mod with the colour temperature set to 5,700K (just a little warmer); I also increased the contrast just a little and cropped a bit. I think the contrast increase is needed but the crop's just a matter of taste.
14 Jan 2011 11:13AM
Amazing shot Jonah!

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