I’ve spoken previously of the fascinating reflective property of cat eyes. Mentioned once regarding Loki and mentioned again regarding Kazon, I know there are plenty of other examples from The Kids going back through a good number of the photos on this site.
But in that first post I also pointed out that “it’s interesting from time to time when seeing the differences between various species and what the light brings out (e.g., squirrels reflect amber or orange, opossums and raccoons reflect white, humans reflect red, and so on).”
Since today I lack the energy and ambition to really write something worthy of sharing with you, I thought it was a perfect time to revisit that statement with a bit of visual confirmation. So here are two flash photos of a squirrel munching on nuts and seeds that clearly demonstrate precisely what I was saying.
Both photos are of an eastern fox squirrel (Sciurus niger) and were taken at close range. This particular “tree rat” (as Libby loves to call them) trusts me, has taken almonds and pecans directly from my hands, and doesn’t mind me milling about while it’s visiting. I don’t know its gender and haven’t asked it to lift its skirt so I can take a gander. Sometimes it’s more appropriate to respect privacy than to ask for such personal information.