We all know squirrels—adorable, ubiquitous, and kind of whimsical in how they scamper busily around us with such an earnest expression in their eyes. Lured by hidden peanuts, neighborhood squirrels come to investigate and are captured on camera in amusingly humanlike poses.
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Photographer Nancy Rose lives in Hubley, Nova Scotia, Canada and is a retired high school Guidance Counsellor and proud grandmother. She is rarely without a camera and sees subjects everywhere.
A passion for nature and wildlife, and a lifetime spent as a crafter merged when she discovered the curiosity of the little American Red squirrels who raided the bird feeders in her backyard. Nancy creates squirrel size props using cardboard, clay, and assorted craft supplies. She arranges them in miniature settings and she has created numerous scenarios on her backyard deck where the inquisitive squirrels find themselves in some rather human like poses as they search for peanuts hidden in the props.
Her favourite squirrel, Mr. Peanuts, was the first to eat from her hand and now many of his friends stop by and check out the little dioramas Nancy sets up on her picnic table on her back deck.
Nancy’s squirrel pictures have been featured on numerous websites, such as Amusing Planet, Buzzfeed, Petapixel ,and the Daily Mail in the UK. She has been interviewed on Skype by a German TV show and was the Tuesday feature for Washington Post’s “Third Annual Squirrel Week” series. She has also been interviewed locally by Halifax Herald, CBC, CTV, and Global TV at her home, and occasionally her squirrels were happy to make an appearance.
Nancy's first book, The Secret Life of Squirrels, came out in 2014, followed by Merry Christmas Squirrels (2015), The Secret Life of Squirrels: A Love Story (2016), and The Secret Life of Squirrels: Back to School! (2018).
Nancy is represented by Jackie Kaiser at Westwood Creative Artists in Toronto.
Mr Peanuts and Nancy in the news
Modelling for a Nancy Rose photo shoot is not for everyone. At all times the model must wear their fur coat and they need to be able to fit into small spaces like shoe boxes and pumpkins. Also, they need to be willing to work for peanuts. Fortunately for Rose none of this seems to bother them.