I am a Dutch/Swedish international awarded photographer specializing in photographing Red squirrels. My work has been published wide abroad in newspapers, books, calendars, radio and television, and magazines.
By the end of a second week, the fox would come to the balcony where it interacted with various props I used for photography. Soon before late, a Russian bird paid me a visit and continued on doing so daily. Suddenly, my balcony had become a studio filled with nature props, cameras, mirrors etc. The bird followed me and I followed the bird with my camera, as it searched for hidden food in scenes that I had created. Some photos of this encounter were awarded and published.
Eventually, red squirrels appeared and they still come daily to my outside studio. Little did I know back then that it would become my living.
Since last year I have been organizing Squirrel workshops at home. These workshops are organized to occur 2 times a year when the young squirrels arrive. A maximum of 3 participants can join this 5-day workshop.
Scroll down to see a collection of my works featuring the adorable red squirrels.
But they are not my animal totem and I like them a lot, as well.
I used to feed one of them all the time, I used to buy pistachio ice cream, and she would come and eat the pistachios, while I ate the ice cream.
First she would wait that I would hand it to her, and later she would pick them up right out of my ice cream.
We became real buddies.
Yes, we have to love the animals, and they know whether we do it or not. Very intuitive, without words they know who we are...
Wow! A treat!