These adorable pictures capture the moment an inquisitive ground squirrel took some time out of its busy schedule to stop and smell the roses.
Well, they weren’t actually roses—but the curious creature was photographed admiring several wildflowers in Vienna, Austria.
While it might look like its simply taking the time to appreciate the foliage, the squirrel was in fact on the hunt for the tastiest blossom of the bunch.
34-year-old wildlife photographer Dick van Duijn—who is from Noordwijk, Netherlands—says that he spent roughly 2 hours photographing more than 200 different shots in order to capture these perfect moments.
“I went to Austria especially to photograph the ground squirrels,” says Dick, who has been a photographer for the last seven years. “It was great to witness, and very satisfying.”
He even managed to capture the exact moment the squirrel began to hug a bright yellow flower.
The critter can be seen bending the stem closer to its face before bringing the blooms to its face with a gentle tug. After sniffing the flower, the squirrel decides to then lean in for a bite.
“I was really happy after capturing a photo like this,” says Dick.
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