Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lakes

Wednesday’s Photos

My Friend The Prairie Dog

My wife and I have been camping for about a week at Arrow Lake, where we found relief from the unbearable heat at home. Forest fires are burning again. But we are fortunate this year. None of the BC forest fires are very close to us and do not endanger our little community. While relaxing in the cool breeze, I notice a gopher (prairie dog) cautiously approaching me. As it peered over a log and looked at me for a long time, I quickly got my camera out. Instead of running away it came closer and closer. Obviously, it recognized me as the friendly human from the previous year. After a few minutes, it was posing for a portrait less than a metre away. Enjoy.

22 Replies to “Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lakes”

      1. Oh, that’s so sweet! But be careful, Peter. I did that with one of my squirrels and it bit me (more out of fear than aggression), but then I had to worry about rabies. These little critters do sometimes carry rabies, and you can’t take a chance on that. Wear leather gloves if you really want to feed them. It’s a great feeling though, isn’t it, when they come so close.

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  1. Ganz herzliche Grüße von Dieter und mir an Euch beide! Daß Ihr campt ist das Beste,was Ihr machen könnt! Diese wahnsinnige Hitze ist wirklich unerträglich..Erholt Euch gut..
    Dieser süße Gopher ist ja richtig neugierig, da sind Dir wieder tolle Aufnahmen gelungen,Peter!
    Alles Liebe aus Sottmar!!

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  2. I am quite envious whenever I see somebody have photographs of prairie dogs.As I child I loved seeing nature programs that featured them and think you are very lucky to have them trust and visit you while camping.

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  3. These are wonderful close-ups, Peter. So glad the fellow didn’t feel threatened and came so close. Your camping trip at Arrow Lakes sounds like a wonderful escape. I hope the fires will be extinguished soon.
    Best,
    Tanja

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  4. Dankeschön super bei euch ist die Welt noch schön freue mich schon wieder auf einen kleinen Besuch vielleicht zu Richard s Geburtstag bleib ts xund Grüße aus Bayern fliege am 7sept wieder zurück Servus Helmuth

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