Thursday, June 5, 2014

Cheeky Chipmunk

Spending time in my garden always puts a smile on my face. A flower getting ready to unfurl, a bee buzzing around, a feathery friend splashing in the birdbath, a butterfly fluttering by, the beautiful singing of a cardinal...so many wonderful things going on that bring me joy.

And one of my favourite experiences when I’m outside is observing this precious little creature:


This is Mr. Inski. Mr. Butt Inski. Years ago, my husband suggested we name him that (story here) because he’s such a busybody. His behaviour fits the definition of a buttinski (a person (or in this case animal) that is constantly butting in or meddling in the affairs of other people (or in this case animals).


Mr. Inski meddles because he’s constantly in search of food that he can carry back to his burrow for storage or consumption.


Oftentimes, he’ll sit and enjoy a meal or two (or ten) before he runs off with his cheeks full back to his home.


He makes multiple trips until all the food is gone, and it is quite entertaining to watch him scurry around the garden.


I adore chipmunks, and I look forward to their return every spring. With camera in hand, of course.


Happy Thursday!

34 comments:

  1. I think it's virtually impossible to watch a chipmunk without smiling. In fact, Id go so far as to say I wouldn't trust anyone who doesn't like chipmunks :) Mr. Inski is awesome. He is seriously stuffing those cheeks!

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    1. Hahaha... Yes, how could you possibly trust someone who doesn't like chipmunks? :) This little critter is utterly adorable!

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  2. That is fantastic how you captured his cheeks growing through this series - ha! What patience you have to get a pictures of this little guy

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    1. It does take patience to capture these photos, but it's well worth taking the time to do so. I usually park myself on a chair with my camera and a good book, and just wait... Eventually this cutie shows up.

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  3. What a treat for you to watch and capture these wonderful photos, they are pretty fast.

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  4. CUTE!!!! I love watching the little chipmunks stuff their cheeks with food.

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    1. It's hilarious how much food they can stuff in there!

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  5. I love chipmunks
    Such beautiful captures, Martha
    Love this post
    Smiles

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    1. Thanks, Margie. These little ones sure are cute!

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  6. Oh my gosh is he cute! :) We don't have chipmunks in Germany and I'm not sure if I have seen a picture of them yet. I love these pictures of Mr. Inski (great name! :) I would love watching him fill his cheeks :) Do you think he would mind if I wanted to pet him, too? I just couldn't help it with all the cuteness ;)

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    1. Sometimes I forget that animals that we have here aren't living in other areas of the world! I'm sure you'd love these little critters, but I'm also sure you have animals there that we don't have here.

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  7. They are the definition of dexterity.

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  8. We have a few here and one really really dumb one. So funny to watch him.
    Although he drives Wiggy and Bug crazy. Still funny though.

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    1. There are all over the place over here. Tiny little critters with huge personalities. Oh, I can imagine how nuts they make your dogs! LOL... They drive my cats crazy!

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  9. He is adorable! We don't see many chipmunks. Most of the squirrels went away last fall because we had so few acorns. I've seen a few this spring. I hope they come back.

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    1. We have an abundance of squirrels here, Tina! I'd be happy to send you a few :)

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  10. BTW, I love the quote under your header.

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  11. Such a handsome fellow! Does he ever bring the wife and kids around?

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    1. Nope. Doesn't want to share...LOL... Actually, chipmunks are solitary creatures, and quite territorial, too, it seems. I only see one at a time, and if two are around they fight with each other.

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  12. Seeing Mr. Butt Inski is indeed a treat! Extraordinary captures (all the photos)!

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    1. Thank you, Chirasree. The camera loves this little one.

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  13. HAHaaaaa Mr. Inski …. how adorable! is he… you sure he's a he? jeeeeeeEEEeeeez that's precious!

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    1. It could very well be a she, Carolyn! We started off with the 'he' title, and just stuck with it.

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  14. he is adorable, i think he has new name now lol oh Martha life wouldn't be as much fun if you weren't in it x

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    1. Thank you, Lorraine! You are always so sweet :)

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  15. He is a cutie alright! It has been a long time since I have seen one of these. great post, Martha.

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    1. Oh, I bet they're around somewhere, Jim. They're always searching for food.

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  16. Very cute! Looks just like on of ours cheeky neighbor :-) chipmunk

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    1. They are my favourite little visitors; just so darn cute!

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