Squirrels, Squirrels, Squirrels

By Paul Vuocolo | October 17, 2015

OK, read that title again, only this time sing it to the melody of the Mötley Crüe hit, "Girls, Girls, Girls."

See what I did there?

In the fall of 2014, our division was in the midst of #EMUAutumn, a social media campaign at Eastern Michigan University. We asked followers to share photos that captured the fall season on campus. Faculty and staff were also encouraged to participate so, I saw this as an opportunity for me to contribute by taking photos of campus wildlife and nature.

During the campaign, I had success capturing and sharing last October's blood moon and a differential grasshopper seemingly frozen by a sudden temperature drop. However, I had the most fun photographing the fox squirrels and their frantic efforts to gather, eat and bury black walnuts in preparation for the cold winter ahead.

Anyone who's ever been to EMU's campus knows how prevalent the fox squirrels are. Heck, one of them even has its own Twitter account. They are mostly desensitized to humans as they are fed way too much. However, this stood to benefit me as a photographer as I was able to move-in close to these varmints and capture their humorous behavior.

The above shots are a just a few of my favorites that didn't get shared on social media last year. Order prints and more from the Squirrels, Squirrels, Squirrels gallery or visit The Eyrie, located in Ypsilanti's historic Depot Town, to purchase matted prints of some of these (and other) squirrel photos.



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