In my field time at Comanche Springs, I’ve seen this little guy during the spring and summer months running about this section.
He’s always afraid of the Gator and has only been captured on the nearby camera trap twice. All that changed on an overcast almost rainy day last month.
He ran west from the hiking path towards a clump of mesquite and prickly pear. Hoping to photograph him, I turned off the Gator to not frighten him any further. Then behind the cactus, plantain and grass he popped up. Not knowing what to expect, he emerged on top of dead mesquite branch. A few minutes later trusting that I was no danger to him – he finally fully stood up giving me a pose.
Yes – it was a small special moment between a photographer and a Mexican Ground squirrel.
Photographs – © Christena Stephens Photography