Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Self Portrait

For a while I was using this "slightly" manipulated image for an avatar on my Google account. This baby squirrel was apparently blown out of a tree during Hurricane Ike and my wife found it in our back yard when our dogs were barking at it. It was pretty run down from exposure and had a slightly bloody nose. My wife hand fed it for about 4 - 6 weeks until it got it's strength back. I guess it liked the treatment because we had a dickens of a time getting it to return to the wild. Eventually it did make return to the wild, if you can call our backyard "wild", and we eventually were no longer able to tell it form the many other squirrels that stay there.

The main impact of this version of the photo was created with Photoshop's "Outer Glow" filter.


Cindi said...

Awwwwww. I don't care if squirrels are basically rats with bushy tails, they are really cute. Plus they provide endless exercise for my dogs. Interesting treatment...but I am not sure it is the best for your skin color or texture! Unless you have aspirations to join the Blue Man group :) Fun shot!

Doug Haass said...

The subject on the left is pretty scraggly looking, while the one on the right seems to be well groomed.(:

Larry J. Patrick said...

You got my attention with this. The photo made me want to read the backstory. Way to push the boundaries.