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October 20. 2013 12:52PM

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Readers have sent in a variety of photos over the last year, ranging from rattlesnakes to woodchucks.

But that variety isn’t limited to species — it includes size as well.

So, how about chipmunks and humpback whales?

First, the small stuff…

Carol Seaton-Elliott has to watch where she steps on a deck in Drums. This chipmunk, which she named Chipster, has taken up residence under her deck and has no problem taking a rest on top of her sneakers. Seaton-Elliott said the chipmunk has lived under her deck for the last three years and now it’s clearly getting underfoot.

Chipmunks also run wild in Leonard and Christine Ziolkowski’s driveway and yard in Dallas. Their daughter, Maria, sent in this photo of one of their chipmunks showing off as it balanced on top of a gnome.

Now to the big stuff…

Gregory Smith of Mountain Top captured these humpback whales in June in the Lynn Canal outside of Juneau, Alaska. Smith was in a small boat when he saw the whales feeding on baitfish. Smith said this particular gam (group) contained nine whales that were “bubble net” feeding, a technique used by humpback whales. Humpback whales will blow bubbles below a school of bait fish and, as the bubble shrinks while it rises to the surface, the fish are captured in the closing cylinder and are easy for the whales to catch.  

Capture anything interesting on your handheld or trail camera? A nice buck, bear, coyote or anything unique? We’d love to see it. Each week, we’ll run photos from a reader’s trail camera on the Sunday Outdoors page. Email your photo, along with date and area it was taken (township is fine), and any other details to


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