Aren’t they the cutest things?
In an entirely different category is this entry from Tony Toppano of Oakland, Calif. He and his fiancee, Jennifer Hale, like walking around a nearby lake and photographing the squirrels. To liven things up, they often bring peanut butter-smeared props. That’s how Tony got this shot of the King with a hungry fan:
We have a lot of black squirrels in the Washington area. Every now and then a white squirrel pops up, too, like this one photographed by Aaron Springer of College Park, Md.:
As it turned out, a lot of the photos were out of focus, but this one was meant to be blurry. Rachel Roelke-Smith captured it when a very pushy squirrel grabbed her camera lens in Farragut Square:
Squirrels seem like nature’s busiest animals. They’re always scurrying, always busy. Don’t they ever find time to slow down? Apparently, they do. Here’s one that Michael Henry caught taking a nap:
These and the other finalists are on display — massively enlarged — in the front window of The Washington Post, at 1150 15th St. NW, through April 14. And to see even more squirrel shots, go here: