The Secret Life of Squirrels

You may think you know what squirrels do all day. . . but Mr.Peanuts is no ordinary squirrel.

Instead of climbing trees, he plays the piano. Instead of scurrying through the woods, he cooks on his grill.

These charming, candid photographs of wild squirrels in handcrafted, homemade miniature settings will delight readers and animal lovers of all ages!


Time For Dinner!

10320948_893147360710884_8360013702596951876_oI wish barbecue weather would arrive and stay!

Pool Party!

What a day for the pool!
What a wonderful day for the pool!

Tea Time!

10371981_889718224387131_8106437327236370026_nWould you like to come for tea with Mr. Peanuts?

Everyone Loves Ice Cream!

What`s your favourite flavor? Do you want peanuts on that?

Happy Mother's Day!

1941346_886587401366880_3174169183037743045_oWho cooked Mother’s Day breakfast for you today? Mr Peanuts is making breakfast for the family!

Ready for the day!

Time to get ready for another busy day with Mr Peanuts!

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About Nancy

Photographer Nancy Rose lives in Bedford, Nova Scotia, Canada and works as a high school Guidance Counsellor. 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 curiousity 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 and dollar store finds. 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 when he is “in the neighourhood” he is sure to stop by and check out whatever Nancy puts out on her deck rail. Her squirrel visitors have grown in number and Nancy hopes that together they can continue to delight viewers for years to come.

Nancy’s squirrel pictures have been featured on numerous websites, including 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. Local news channels, CBC, Halifax Herald and Global TV also discovered her squirrel pictures and interviewed her at her home, but her squirrels were not so brave and did not make much an appearance.

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Mr Peanuts and Nancy in the news

The Chronicle Herald

Nancy Rose of Bedford has an interesting, albeit eccentric hobby. The high school guidance counsellor arranges vignettes and takes photos of squirrels who frequent her backyard deck.
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Incredible Things

Canadian photographer Nancy Rose’s backyard is full of squirrels. But instead of getting a big, mean dog annoyed about it, she puts them to work as models in a super cute photo series. In order to capture the squirrels doing stuff like checking the mail and doing laundry she sets up props and hides peanuts for them to find. As the squirrels dig around looking for nuts, she waits for the right moment to capture them on camera. The results are adorable and hilarious and prove once again that squirrels will put up with almost anything for a few peanuts.

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Daily Mail (UK)

That’s nuts! Wild squirrels pose for charming pictures after photographer hides food around miniature props

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Amusing Planet

Nancy Rose has a bunch of squirrels living in the backyard of her home in Halifax, Canada, whom she has been photographing for a couple of years. They are curious animals who would inspect anything she put out on her picnic table, looking for places where she could have hidden some peanuts. Nancy decided to make some little props for them to explore and capture the fun on camera.

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