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Stucco with a dash of squirrel

August 21, 2014

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Today I photographed a squirrel climbing stucco — the result was underwhelming. It really was one of those “you had to be there” moments.

Squirrel-dash stucco

The squirrel literally ran up the side of a building covered in grey stucco encrusted with little bits of white quartz and black obsidian — what’s called “salt and pepper dash stucco”.

The first time I say a squirrel run up the side of a three-storey stucco-clad apartment building I was flabbergasted. I still don’t understand how they can do it but they can and they make it look effortless.

Whenever I’ve seen them do it they’re scared witless so it couldn’t require a lot of thought and well, they are squirrels. Click the images to enlarge them.

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Aw, did the bad man across the lane putting out his garbage scare you?

2 Comments
  1. Slowcrow permalink

    Just no respect for the law (of physics). I get a kick out of them crossing the road on the wires. I wonder if Joshua Klein ever built anything for them similar to his coin-operated peanut machine encouraging the crows to ‘find’ coins to use to purchase the peanuts. Not meaning to imply that those non-native scoundrels are that smart though, I guess.

    • Squirrels are natural and amazing trapeze artists. They may not hold a candle to crows for intelligence but they know their stuff and it’s fun to watch them at work (particularly their wire work).

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