Yellow-pine Chipmunk in Clark County, Idaho

Yellow-pine ChipmunkYellow-pine Chipmunk – Nikon D300, f7.1, 1/800, ISO 400, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

Last month while visiting Clark County, Idaho I was able to photograph this Yellow-pine Chipmunk that was on the rail of an old wooden fence. These little chippies usually move fast and are challenging subjects but this one stayed still on the fence and I was able to get several frames before it moved on. Typically I don’t care much for manmade items in my images but there is something about old wooden features in images that I find appealing. Plus I find chipmunks to be irresistible!

It was gloomy and rainy here all day long but late in the evening there was some clearing and I could see the Wasatch Mountains through the clouds and the fresh snow that had fallen just a few thousand feet higher in elevation than Salt Lake City. It is chilly here this morning at only 41°F but by Thursday it will be in the mid 70’s, Friday the mid 80’s and on Saturday it should reach the low 90’s. Rock and Roll weather in Utah, gotta love it!


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. Jane Chesebrough

    Cute and obviously getting some food.

  2. They are irresistible, I agree — very nice image. This is an El Niño year — “the Peruvian name given to an abnormal warming of the oceans around Christmastime off the west coast of South America. Since this colloquial naming occurred, scientists have defined exactly what El Niño means to them: A warming of the ocean of more then 0.5 degrees Celsius (about one degree Fahrenheit) for three consecutive months in an area along the equator from the west coast of South America west toward the central Pacific Ocean.”

  3. Such a cutie. And wooden man made artifacts are sooooo much better than wire, concrete or (shudder) plastic.

  4. Great post Mia!
    Always a pleasure!
    I love “rock and roll weather” – excellent expression!

  5. Beautiful photo of this charming and very sweet chipmunk. They are such shy animals and so hard to capture.

  6. Cute little guy…looks like the ones we have here.

  7. Oh isn’t it cute, brilliant photo Mia/

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