October 7th

Sunday, October 7th, 2018

I have a bit of a funny story to go along with this image.

Not a complex story, but it clearly illustrates the dynamics between male and female animals in the wild.

I’m sure you’ve heard that male birds are usually more vibrantly colored or patterned than females. This is for a couple of reasons: 1. In the wild, females often have the say in who they breed with, so the vibrancy helps the males stand out to gain a mate. 2. Often if a nest of a smaller bird is under attack by a predator, the male will flee the area in an attempt to distract the predator away from the nest or young. His bright colors and patterns are easy to see, aiding in the distraction.

While male and female chipmunks visually are very similar, I’m sure the same principal applies.

So let me ask you this: Did you notice that there are two chipmunks in this image?

I didn’t!

I stood and photographed this guy for a few minutes today, watching him dance around and chatter at me. I got my images and moved on, thinking he was the only one there. I sat down to edit and only when I went to export this image from my Lightroom did I see the second chipmunk down in the corner.

I was so delighted by the guy (and his antics) out in the open that I didn’t even see his companion under the log.

She was a fun surprise.