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Posted by SantaFeJoe on Sun Sep 30, 2018 1:52 pm

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While going through some old scans, I came across this one from around 1994. It is a self-portrait(notice cable release in my left hand) taken at the Las Conchas Day Use Area in the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico just west of the beautiful Valles Caldera National Monument. It is the location where the swimming hole scene in the movie "Wild Hogs" was shot, and a beautiful area. These Golden Mantled Ground Squirrels are a favorite subject of mine.
Nikon F4, Nikon 28-85mm (I believe), probably Velvia film, nothing else recorded or recalled.

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by Carol Clarke on Sun Sep 30, 2018 3:07 pm
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Hey, you never told us you were a squirrel whisperer, Joe!  What a wonderful image.  :D 

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by SantaFeJoe on Sun Sep 30, 2018 3:35 pm
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Carol Clarke wrote:
Hey, you never told us you were a squirrel whisperer, Joe!  What a wonderful image.  :D 

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I have a bunch of Curve-billed Thrashers that come up to me or call to me to tell me it's time to give them more peanuts. I have handheld phone images at about 10'' away from one Thrasher when he was right next to me. My wife says I have a way with animals. I just think they know I won't harm them. Thanks for your comments, Carol.

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by Cynthia Crawford on Sun Sep 30, 2018 9:20 pm
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That's wonderful Joe! Those squirrels look like they are just waiting for their own mug shots...or taking them! Thanks for sharing!
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by Carol Clarke on Mon Oct 01, 2018 5:03 am
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SantaFeJoe wrote:
Carol Clarke wrote:
Hey, you never told us you were a squirrel whisperer, Joe!  What a wonderful image.  :D 

Carol.

I have a bunch of Curve-billed Thrashers that come up to me or call to me to tell me it's time to give them more peanuts. I have handheld phone images at about 10'' away from one Thrasher when he was right next to me. My wife says I have a way with animals. I just think they know I won't harm them. Thanks for your comments, Carol.

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I think you're right, Joe.  Some people are intent on just ticking species off their 'must see' list.  I always feel that time spent with animals is a real learning experience, just as important, if not more so, than time spent taking pictures.  When they learn to trust and accept you its priceless and a real privilege. 8) 

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by Cynthia Crawford on Mon Oct 01, 2018 5:08 am
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Carol Clarke wrote:
SantaFeJoe wrote:
Carol Clarke wrote:
Hey, you never told us you were a squirrel whisperer, Joe!  What a wonderful image.  :D 

Carol.

I have a bunch of Curve-billed Thrashers that come up to me or call to me to tell me it's time to give them more peanuts. I have handheld phone images at about 10'' away from one Thrasher when he was right next to me. My wife says I have a way with animals. I just think they know I won't harm them. Thanks for your comments, Carol.

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I think you're right, Joe.  I always feel that time spent with animals is just as important, if not more so, than time spent taking pictures.  When they learn to trust and accept you is priceless and a real privilege. 8) 

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Beautiful! I agree 100%. I remember when I used to hand feed the chickadees here-how magical to feel their little feet on my hand, and their quizzical glances at me. I had to always carry sunflower seeds in my pocket as they'd follow me around during walks in the woods and land on my head! Is there anything more precious than that unforgettable sense of universal connection?  However short those moments may be, they create indelible, delightful memories. 
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by david fletcher on Mon Oct 01, 2018 1:00 pm
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SantaFeJoe wrote:
Carol Clarke wrote:
Hey, you never told us you were a squirrel whisperer, Joe!  What a wonderful image.  :D 

Carol.

I have a bunch of Curve-billed Thrashers that come up to me or call to me to tell me it's time to give them more peanuts. I have handheld phone images at about 10'' away from one Thrasher when he was right next to me. My wife says I have a way with animals. I just think they know I won't harm them. Thanks for your comments, Carol.

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Pleasure to see Joe.  Thanks for sharing
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by Jens Peermann on Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:39 am
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How did you get those guys to sign up for your class? :wink:
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by SantaFeJoe on Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:41 am
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Peanuts from a PayDay candy bar!!!! Pretty dire when you have to pay your students to attend your workshops!

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