This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Side of Things.
Having considered a variety of subjects for some reason this photo of a Grey Squirrel worked for me. It is actually an Eastern Gray Squirrel, native to eastern North America. The species was introduced to the U.K. where it has replaced the native Red Squirrel over most of the country.
As this individual was photographed in England it’s known as a Grey Squirrel.
My contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, Hands.
I decided that a sideways look at the challenge was in order and ignored my photos featuring human hands. Instead I decided that the front paws of some mammal species are used in a similar way to human hands.
A Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel eating whatever it can find in the spring having just emerged from hibernation in Saskatchewan, Canada.
An American Red Squirrel using its front paws to eat bird seed under the feeders in Ontario, Canada.
An Eastern Chipmunk displaying an impressive set of claws in Ontario, Canada.
A Racoon that wandered into the yard one afternoon eating the dog food in Ontario, Canada. I focused on the animal’s paws.
An Eastern Gray Squirrel eating a berry at -30°C in Saskatchewan, Canada. There’s frost on the tips of some of the tail hairs.
A Grey Squirrel eating an Acorn in Cheshire, England. A North American species introduced to the U.K. where it has driven the native Red Squirrel in to small, isolated groups.