Uinta Ground Squirrels are the most plentiful mammals I see during the summer months in the Centennial Valley. They are only above ground about three and a half months of the year and are very busy during the day gathering grass and seeds to store for when they are underground.
I love photographing these Ground Squirrels every chance I get and once in a while they will even cooperate and stay still, this one did.
They are called “Potgut” in northern Utah though I don’t see why they got that name, they don’t appear to have a potgut to me.
At the gate to the Lower Lake of Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge three days ago there must have been a dozen of the squirrels and this one seemed to be welcoming me “home” while the rest of the squirrels disappeared.
Life is good.