Wildlife photography is a fascinating and challenging field that requires patience, skill, and a love of nature. As a wildlife photographer, capturing the essence and beauty of the natural world is always a thrill, and the experience of photographing a Uinta Ground Squirrel standing on the side of the road in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah is no exception.

Uinta Ground Squirrel Standing
Uinta Ground Squirrel Standing

The Uinta Ground Squirrel, also known as the Utah Ground Squirrel, is a species of ground squirrel native to the western United States. These small mammals are known for their distinctive stripes and are often seen foraging for food on the side of the road in their natural habitat.

For this particular photograph, I was inside my vehicle with my camera and lens resting on a beanbag draped over the rolled-down window. My friend Mia McPherson was my driver and guide, and she was the one who spotted all the wildlife I was able to photograph that day. She was instrumental in helping me capture this stunning image of the Uinta Ground Squirrel.

Capturing the perfect shot of a wildlife subject requires patience and a good understanding of their behavior. In this case, I waited for the Uinta Ground Squirrel to turn towards me so that I could get the best possible shot. The use of a beanbag allowed me to steady my camera and lens, which is crucial for capturing sharp and detailed images. The soft material of the beanbag also helps absorb any vibrations or movements, ensuring that the image remains sharp and free from blur.

The Wasatch Mountains of Utah are a beautiful and diverse natural habitat that is home to a wide range of wildlife, making it an ideal location for wildlife photography. From majestic elk to curious marmots, there is always something to see and photograph. The Uinta Ground Squirrel is just one of the many fascinating wildlife species that can be found in this area.

In conclusion, photographing the Uinta Ground Squirrel standing on the side of the road in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah was a truly special experience. Capturing the beauty and essence of this small mammal in its natural habitat is a reminder of the importance of preserving our natural world. The thrill of capturing these images, combined with the breathtaking scenery of the Wasatch Mountains, makes this a moment that I will always cherish.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R5
  • Lens: RF100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM


  • Location: Wasatch Mountains (Utah)
  • Date and Time Taken: June 2, 2022 (09:29 A. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f8
  • Shutter speed: 1/3200
  • ISO: 1000 (Auto)
  • Focal Length: 500 mm

Here are a few more Uinta Ground Squirrels I photographed in Utah: Uinta Ground Squirrel Feeding and Baby Uinta Ground Squirrels