Photographer's Note

We were looking out the front door and the blur of an animal ran through our vision. It was too big to be a squirrel. We looked outside and a young woodchuck had run up our front stoop and then to the right where it had cornered itself against the wall.

Normally we'd take some pictures and leave him alone but we were afraid he was coming after the baby bird. So I attempted to shoo him away. He just looked at us and made clucking sounds. I then brought out a mop and moved it towards him, trying to leave him an exit. He stood his ground, clucked more and even bit the mop strands. I began getting visions of myself in a hospital room getting checked for rabies. Well, one last try. I pulled out the hose and spraying some water his way did the trick. He ran along the wall and around the corner.

Using the portrait setting on this camera is the easiest way to get a shallow depth of field so that's what I did.

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Additional Photos by Mike Chachich (mdchachi) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 470 W: 14 N: 193] (1612)
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