NOVA SCOTIA, Canada (CBC) - All famous artists through the ages have needed inspiration, but a Halifax woman is inspired to make art by a rodent -- a bushy-tailed squirrel to be exact.
Armed with her camera, Nancy Rose likes to try to capture them – especially Pathy the American red squirrel.
Nancy's hobby turned into an obsession, building props and sets for her squirrel friends. She builds her sets on her deck and then strategically plants what a squirrel can't resist.
"Peanuts are the key," said Nancy. "So now we just wait ... Some days he comes; some days he doesn't come."
But she's patient, and when the magic happens the shots she captures are adorable.
"I just find watching the squirrels humorous," said Nancy. "I never know what they'll do."
Sometimes other critters get involved, such as raccoons, a crow or her pet cat.
Her YouTube video shows the squirrels looking like they are really into photography, and she posts her photos on Flickr.
She has a worldwide following, which has attracted media from all over.
There was a call from German television and then The Washington Post had a section.
She does a squirrel calendar, and she's thinking of a children's book. And her backyard squirrels? They seem to love her squirrely ideas.
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