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Feeding and Photographing the Chipmunks of St. Elmo - May 19, 2007
After arriving in St. Elmo on my bike yesterday,
I noticed a large group of chipmunks moving about in the official
"Chipmunk Crossing" area across from the General Store.
I was determined to photograph them as soon as possible and returned today to do just that.
Firstly, don't you dare call these cute chipmunks furry brown rodents ...
They are chipmunks and even though there is some resemblance, they mean no harm! They are not rats! :p)
Interestingly, the chipmunks seemed
very acquainted with human beings in their presence, perhaps due to years of
conditioning of receiving food from them at this very spot.
The little critters almost immediately approached me with the anticipation of
feasting on some of the food in my hand, and even while they were eating, the chipmunks seemed so comfortable
that I could place my camera in very close proximity to them. Hence, the great shot of the chipmunk to the right!
Special thanks to the St. Elmo General Store for offering bags
of black seeds (for 50 cents) to feed the chipmunks! The general store
is now open regularly during the warm weather season up here.
Anyway, if you love chipmunks, I trust you'll find this page enjoyable!
All the best,
Across the road from the St. Elmo General Store is an
unconspicuous pile of wood boards and logs, but look closely ... there are likely
a lot of chipmunks moving around in there! ;)
A bag of chipmunk food (black seeds) can usually
be purchased at the general store for 50 cents!
Photo Gallery - Chipmunks in St. Elmo, Colorado
Upon first walking toward the chipmunks, one of the larger chipmunks on the left took notice and even stood up. ;)
Also, the middle and right photos are the two I am most happy with. Those
chipmunks didn't seem to mind my digital camera at all as long as they were chomping away at their food! :p)
I got a decent photo (left) of four chipmunks at once!
That chipmunk on right was really pudgy! :p)
I included a self-portrait of myself and the chipmunks as they were eating.
It was such a nice day to do nothing and take in the mountain scenery.
Spring has definitely arrived in St. Elmo!