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Chipmunk photographer

Christie Pierce, a retired nurse, has taken up a hobby: photographing the many chipmunks that scamper around her patio. But she’s turning it into a business by creating diorama-like scenes and luring the animals to pose in the photos by using nuts and seeds as bait. She, with the help of her husband Paul, is creating her second calendar of chipmunk photos.

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After setting up the scene and placing a few sunflower seed on the patio wall to attract the animals, Christie Pierce waits for chipmunks to take the bait and become part of her next photo.

Jesse Tinsley - The Spokesman-Review

Christie Pierce, a retired nurse, stands stock-still and holds her camera at the ready as a chipmunk approaches the scene she created on her patio’s retaining wall.

Jesse Tinsley - The Spokesman-Review

A chipmunk moves very close to the props provided by Christie Pierce for the photo.

Jesse Tinsley - The Spokesman-Review

A chipmunk approaches the autumn-themed seen setup by Christie Pierce.

Jesse Tinsley - The Spokesman-Review

A chipmunk pauses on Christie Pierce’s patio Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013.


In this photo by photographer Christie Pierce, a chipmunk was lured in with sunflower seeds to participate in a scene she set up with the help of her husband, Paul. Pierce is now creating her second calendar based on her humorous chipmunk photos.

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