A Molly Moment

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Molly—like any other chipmunks I've worked with—is highly motivated. Once she knows that there are almonds available, she will make trip after to trip until either she gets tired or I run out of almonds.

This video shows you just how fast this process can be. I have only eight seconds (or so) to take pictures while she collects the almonds and stores them in her cheeks. Getting the focus and depth of field just right is always a challenge, and to make sure I get the shot I want I will usually shoot multiple times with different F-stops and ISOs.

Originally, I wanted to have her emerging from the Millennium Falcon, but as robust as the new toy is, the ramp is still too small to accommodate a fat little chipmunk. :D

Missing Knits, EatMeerkats, HatM, and 27 other people added this video to their favorites.

  1. Missing Knits 71 months ago | reply

    Awesome! I love her!

    Yep she is cute!

  2. Matthew.Thompson 71 months ago | reply

    Looks like you got yourself a "Diva" there

  3. Mister Rad 71 months ago | reply

    I'm glad you posted this mate. Fascinating to see her in motion :)

  4. SDCharley 71 months ago | reply

    That is too cute!

  5. André Elias 71 months ago | reply

    Too cute! Such a diva!

  6. Yannic Meyer 71 months ago | reply

    Nice video, thanks for sharing! I didn't know they moved that fast.

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  7. nettsu 71 months ago | reply

    this is adorable

  8. Copper Kettle 70 months ago | reply

    "The sector is cleared" (0:

  9. crchair 70 months ago | reply

    Very nice!

  10. *moonshot 70 months ago | reply

    First and only video I've faved. Brilliant.

  11. da70 70 months ago | reply

    Oh my how funny. I wonder how many she could have hidden.

  12. Scott C (sec611) 69 months ago | reply

    We've got those little buggers all over here too (well, we did this spring). I've never seen them jam whole almonds/seeds into their cheeks, I thought they just chewed them up first.

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