Talk about squirrelly situations!
Swedish wildlife photographer Geert Weggen has spent six years buddying up to bushy-eared red squirrels around his mountain home in order to catch them in cute photo sessions. And the prop-filled results are precious.
Using nuts and even peanut butter as bait to lure his fuzzy friends, Weggen entices them to his outdoor balcony studio to capture them in various human-like situations, including playing chess, using a flip-phone and sword-fighting. Even a simple image of a squirrel sniffing a flower can only elicit a round of awwwwwwwws.
“I create scenes with small props and toys in which I hides [sic] nuts to attract the squirrels,” Geert tells Good News Network. “I then wait, often for hours, for the squirrels to find the hidden nuts and for the right moment to take my photos.”
Two years ago, Weggen even set up a “Game of Thrones”-inspired diorama to catch his squirrely friends “battling” dragons and scampering around a whicker mini-throne.
In addition, Weggen has teamed up with poet/author Joanne Kavanagh on a holiday book titled “How the Squirrels Saved Christmas,” which is available via his web site.
“Some of the squirrels are very curious and don’t shy away from human interaction,” Weggen says. “Sometimes they crawl on me and even enter my home, but mostly they tend to congregate wherever there are nuts.”
Apparently squirrels are indeed inquisitive — and highly photogenic — little creatures. Another shooter in Vienna, Austria, recently spent two hours photographing a squirrel smelling and tasting flowers there, with adorable results.