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Cemeteries - especially the wooded, parklike variety common in the US - have a surprising amount of life in them. This shot was taken in Portland, Maine at the historic Western Cemetery, one of the city's oldest (most graves here date from the early 19th century). I was there to photograph the grave of Prentiss Mellen, a former Senator from Massachusetts and later the Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Court (historic graves being another of my photography projects).

As I was leaving, I caught sight of a trio of groundhogs (a medium-sized North American rodent common especially in the northeast) poking their heads up from a burrow. I managed to get several shots off, none of which came out all that well as they were all in shadow; then my presence spooked them and they ran off. However, I caught sight of two of them out in the open a little further down the path, wandering around atop an old and ornate grave, and caught a few shots. This is my favorite, of one of them curiously eyeing me; his burrow is just below him, an escape valve in case I get too personal. I've included a couple other shots as workshops.

Larger version on Flickr, here.

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