Thursday, September 4, 2008

Photo of the Week - Relaxed!

The hoary marmot, a species of ground squirrel, likes nothing more than to bask in the sun. You can't get more relaxed than the one pictured above! They are a photographer's dream as they don't seem to be afraid of humans, typically going about their business even when people are around. They live in the hills of Alaska, western Canada and the northern-west part of mainland USA. They make a trademark whistling sound to warn their colleagues of danger. A number of places in Canada and the USA have "Whistler" in their name for this reason.

Other Photos of the Week
Mountain Gorillas (Africa)
Ice Hoodoos (Bryce Canyon)
Johnston Canyon (Canada)
Bad Hair Day


Footsteps said...

Great photo! What an odd looking creature!

Suzanne Perazzini said...

Relaxed, yes, but also kind of startled. Or maybe he was born with that look on his face.

Mark H said...

@footsteps: Looks a bit strange at this angle but he looks like a fairly normal squirrel typically.

@suzanne: Do you think startled? I can't see that but who knows? These guys were all jumping around the rocks and seemed to be having a great time. Maybe that is his/her look??

kiwigal said...

I wonder how soft his fur is?

What a great blog!

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