Yellow-pine Chipmunk in Clark County, Idaho

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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!



  1. Jane Chesebrough June 19, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Cute and obviously getting some food.

  2. Utahbooklover June 18, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    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. Elephant's Child June 18, 2014 at 1:32 pm

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

  4. Mary McAvoy June 18, 2014 at 10:58 am

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

  5. Lynn Koch June 18, 2014 at 9:07 am

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

  6. Patty Chadwick June 18, 2014 at 6:44 am

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

  7. Bob Bushell June 18, 2014 at 4:52 am

    Oh isn’t it cute, brilliant photo Mia/

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