E.J.Wilkins

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Nut case

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Half case of a Hazelnut (Corylus avellana). Opened, I think, by a squirrel (although could easily be wrong) - notice what appear to be teeth marks, which I think are too large for a mouse.

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Nut case

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Half case of a Hazelnut (Corylus avellana). Opened, I think, by a squirrel (although could easily be wrong) - notice what appear to be teeth marks, which I think are too large for a mouse.

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comments (19)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 3 Sep 2010, 02:39
Looks like it might have been opened by a squirrel with a fretsaw, Ellie.
EJWilkins: Do squirrels use fretsaws Ray?
  • Peter
  • Canada
  • 3 Sep 2010, 04:43
It is a great macro shot Ellie, love the earthtones and the DOF.....petersmile
EJWilkins: Thankyou.

Luckily nature uses a good palette. wink
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 3 Sep 2010, 06:34
You focused on exactly the right thing, Ellie. And I LOVE hazelnuts! smile
EJWilkins: I like hazelnuts too Ginnie, we've got a huge shrub in our garden, but we never manage to harvest any because the wretched squirrels get there first! This picture wasn't taken in our garden though, we never see what happens to those we grow
Off left is a squirrel contentedly picking his teeth
EJWilkins: Darn, I didn't notice!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 3 Sep 2010, 07:53
This is a fine closeup Ellie: there has been definite nibbleage here alright!
EJWilkins: Nibbleage, now there's a word to ponder smile
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 3 Sep 2010, 08:15
What ever it was it definitely has tough teeth
EJWilkins: You're not kidding! And to cut it so cleanly too
Superb close up Ellie.
EJWilkins: Thank you smile
Interesting markings inside the opened case Ellie.
EJWilkins: The shell was easy tospot, it was on a mossy tree stump. Once I'd got close enough to focus using the macro lens I spotted the teeth marks. Never seen anything like this before ...
Nice close-up. Great us of DOF
EJWilkins: I like using the widest aperture, possibly because I often take pictures in shady places, but I also like the way it brings out the detail of a tiny part of an image.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 3 Sep 2010, 10:50
Mighty Mouse and the Chainsaw Gang were here. Neither use teeth for such common jobs.

Good pictures always get people talking. We are talking.
EJWilkins: They were using a remarkably quiet chainsaw! wink
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 3 Sep 2010, 11:29
Great detail
EJWilkins: Thanks
Lovely nature shot Ellie.
EJWilkins: Thank you Brian, it's something I also really enjoy doing.smile
  • Scarlet
  • The Netherlands
  • 3 Sep 2010, 14:55
Fabulous DOF Ellie.
EJWilkins: If the subject suits it I always try to use a really shallow focus, to isolate the important bit of a picture from the background. Doesn't always work out though
  • Tracy
  • England
  • 3 Sep 2010, 18:42
Great picture Ellie, love the detail.
EJWilkins: Thanks smile
thats a wonderful shot, hope you did not get dirty taking it
EJWilkins: Absolutely not, I'm really clean! The squirrel had kindly left this shell on top of a mossy tree stump by the side of a track, almost asking for it to be photographed.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 4 Sep 2010, 08:05
This close-up is just wonderful, love the colours and the DOF.
This picture shows autumn is arriving soon.
The tittle made me smile.... we have a lot of 'nut cases' at work too... grin
EJWilkins: Oh yes, autumn is just around the corner.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Sep 2010, 08:48
I know grey squirrels get a very bad PR, but I still think are amusing. Let's hope it enjoyed the contents. Well seen, Ellie.
EJWilkins: Yes, they do get bad PR Alan and I'm one of those who support culling to allow space for the native Red Squirrels, but that doesn't mean I don't appreciate the skill of the greys, and also enjoy finding ways of keeping the determined little blighters away from our bird feeders.
Great detail and use of DOF in this nice close up
EJWilkins: Thanks, this is where the shallow focus works as intended. It doesn't always smile
It's a really nice idea and a very beautiful result !
EJWilkins: Merci beaucoup Zeb

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