This is my contribution for day 13 of Becky’s October Squares: Lines photo challenge and a shot I delayed posting until the thirteenth.
For day 13 I give you a Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel in the spring looking for some fresh grass to eat. Taken near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.
This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Between the Lines.
Between the Lines of tree trunks in the autumn.
Between the Lines of my fingerprint in Sodium Thiosulfate crystals.
Between the Lines of bark on a tree trunk.
Between the Lines of a Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel.
Between the Lines of quartz in a boulder.
Between the Lines of ice on Lake Huron at dusk in the spring.
Throwback Thursday travels back to Saskatchewan, Canada in the mid 1990s.
This is a Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel (Ictidomys tridecemlineatus) in the summer. Other common English names include the Striped Gopher and Leopard Ground Squirrel,
Sometimes regarded as a pest by farmers and ranchers due to their burrow systems the species is widely distributed across North American prairies and grasslands. It is known for standing upright and checking its territory, probably looking out for predators and rivals.
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.
The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge is Lines.
A Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel recently emerged from hibernation in Saskatchewan.
I’m not sure which lines on the Ground Squirrels back count towards the thirteen.
A Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel wondering where the new spring grass is.
The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge is Awakening.