Luna, NevillE, & FriendS
I have lived in California since 2014. Ever since my husband and I moved into our apartment we have noticed the wildlife, squirrels, skunks, opossums, and raccoons all over our apartment complex. We got a lot of joy out of watching them and seeing them bring new babies into the world throughout the years.
On one particular morning, my husband called me to witness a mother squirrel retrieving her fallen babies. We watched the momma jump down grab a baby and run back up to the nest. She rescued all her fallen babies and it was so incredible to witness. That same morning we witnessed two more babies fall from a different nest. The momma of this nest did not retrieve her babies, so we rushed them to the local native animal rescue. Unfortunately they did not make it. However, it did ignite a stronger connection to the squirrels and we started keeping a closer eye on where nests were being built.
Squirrels had been visiting our patio and we loved seeing them so up close. We ended up leaving almonds out and I would photograph them when they would come by.
This eventually lead to completely styled dining rooms for the squirrels. Dining rooms turned into elaborate sets and parties for the squirrels. I stated naming them after Harry Potter characters as they each had distinctive characteristics that allowed me to tell them apart.
There was Luna and Neville to start and then eventually Narcissa, Alastor, Severus, and Belatrix. We have also had a skunk we call Sirius.
These adventures have been so much fun to capture. They were even shared on The Dodo and in O magazine! I love that others get joy from these images.
Below are some of our crazy adventures with the neighborhood squirrels.