Amateur photographer Geert Weggen’s incredible snapshots of his backyard squirrels are going viral.
46-year-old Weggen decided to set up a mini-studio behind his home, complete with professional lighting and imaginative sets for the squirrels to explore.
“Some years ago I started to take photos from my kitchen window of mostly wild red squirrels, and do that still,” he explained in a post to Bored Panda. “Normally, I get bored after doing something for a few years, but not with this. I still watch these beautiful animals almost every day and make photos. They come and they go.”
“Animals will do almost anything for food and every animal will get used to a human in time,” he told the Daily Mail. “They will come very close or even touch me as long as I respect their boundaries.”
“For me animals are honest. I love that,” Weggen continued.” “They surprise me and make me laugh. I use mostly sunflower seeds and peanuts to entice the squirrels, and I feed them walnuts or hazelnuts to reward them.”
“I try to bring some magic, wonder and happiness with my work, which are real photos and not Photoshop,” he says. “Only sometimes I take away a wire or some food. I also put out some videos on Youtube.”
The result of Weggen’s imaginative mind are a set of whimsical and incredibly cute photos that are sure to make you smile.
You can see more of Weggen’s incredible shots at his Flickr.