Skwirls on Film

California ground squirrel

I hope that all of my readers have had an enjoyable holiday weekend.  (Well, at least those living here in the USA, anyway.)   I wish I could write that I have, but the truth be told, I have not.  I wrote in my last posting that I had planned to do some more darkroom work this weekend, but as I had written in 2007 after I got hit by a car, “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.“
Thankfully, I was not hit by a car again.  However, I did succumb to a nasty stomach ailment that knocked the living hell out of me on Friday night and Saturday, had me laid up in bed most of the day Saturday and left me feeling weak and depleted yesterday.  I’m feeling better now, but I still feel weak with a sensitive stomach and far from 100%, so I think it’ll still be a few days before I’m back to normal.  Printing will just have to wait, I guess.
I did have the strength to scan a few photos today to make this post (though it was rather tiring and I’ll probably stretch out for a while once the post is up).

This past September, I made my first visit to the Big Sur area on the central California coast in a number of years.  One of the places I visited was Point Lobos, a place made famous in the photography world by the photos made there by Edward Weston.  I visited Point Lobos on last year’s trip and I hope to post some of those photos here in the future.
Today, though, I’m posting some of the photos I made at Point Lobos on my first visit to Big Sur in 1999.  As I did last year, I made some landscape photos on that first visit, but I also made some wildlife photos, too – wildlife being these squirrels seen here (though it may have been only one).  Here’s the story:

I was walking along and was passing through a group of school kids when I noticed a squirrel.  Then I saw that some snotnose kid (as my grandmother would probably have called him) was intent on throwing  a stone at the squirrel.  Naturally, I challenged the kid and got him not to throw it.  (Hey, nobody’s gonna throw a rock at a squirrel on my watch!)
Then I went over to one of the teachers escorting the group and reported the snotnose kid to her.  (Hey, he deserved it.)  She thanked me for my actions and when I inquired, told me that this particular variety of squirrel was a Beechey ground squirrel.  I looked it up today and found that it’s commonly called a California ground squirrel, but the name Beechey is in fact part of its scientific name.  (Click here for more.)

Naturally, after the incident had ended, I made some photos of the squirrel(s) – something which, as far as I know, Edward Weston never did.  Sadly, though, on my recent trip, no squirrels were to be seen, even though I was looking.
At least I think I got some good landscape images.

About Dave Rudin

Dave Rudin is a fine art photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. He specializes in art nude and travel photography, using black & white film and making silver gelatin prints in a darkroom.
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4 Responses to Skwirls on Film

  1. Dave says:

    Yes, throwing rocks at a squirrel isn’t a good idea. A .22 caliber rifle or a .410 shotgun work much better. 😉

  2. Lin says:

    Get well soon Dave!
    We have a rapidly expanding squirrel family who lives in our garden. I used to think they were cute until they stole all my nuts and became very fat squirrels indeed. I am now nutless, so to speak.

    • Dave Rudin says:

      Thanks, Lin. I am definitely on the mend. As to your guests in the garden, be content in the knowledge that your nuts are making them happy. 🙂

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