The most common critters can sometimes make for the best subjects. Such was the case with this chipmunk, who posed nicely for today's Quick Shot.
Growing up, my sister and I used to call them "chip-a-monk-a's" and I still have the urge to say that every time I see a chipmunk. I love watching them dart through our backyard, but they rarely give me such an interesting pose.
I was actually on a hike to a raptor observatory when I saw this guy on the side of the trail. He had just scooped up an acorn and was peeling it in his mouth. I pulled out the camera and started snapping off a few shots. He seemed surprised by me and sat there for several minutes watching me as I photographed him.
The lighting on his face was very soft and I thought it was the kind of photo that makes you say "aww, what a cute chip-a-monk-a"!