all photos credit: Dugan (age 11)
What says fall like those bulging chipmunk cheeks?!
October 19-26th, we were on a travel shoot in Ohio. We've got loads of great Ohio Renaissance Faire photos coming up soon. It was also a relaxing chance to swing by my childhood home in Cincinnati and visit Grammy and Gramps. They're still in the midwestern, suburban, ranch style with an acre yard that I lived in from age 6 to 18. For our urban Chicago kids, it's like a wilderness nature preserve.
My parent's yard has frequent visits from deer, foxes and a red tailed hawk. They have numerous resident birds of a zillion species beyond the city pigeons and sparrows we feed. They also have a healthy clan of chipmunks and a groundhog who live under the back desk, and a boat load of squirrels.
My 9 & 11 year old kids had freedom to run and play and explore the large yard and adjoining woods. They made food packets for the chipmunk families and took these photos themselves! I was pretty impressed with their compassion, patience and mad photo skills.