Seattle Times reader Steve Okimoto’s photo of a very limber backyard squirrel.

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Photographer: Steve Okimoto, Mill Creek

Photo taken: July 27, in his backyard

Photographer’s description: “I heard the oddest noises coming from a tree. I thought the squirrel was severely injured. No, it was just curled up on a branch with its tail curled overhead. Then it started to stretch. And stretch. And then it stretched out its paw. It’s amazing how flexible they are! Taken with a Sony Alpha 77, Tamron lens at 280mm.”

Katie’s critique: “A hilarious moment captured. Wow! Great job. I love how the big branches go through the frame and in turn frame the squirrel. I wish the brush and smaller twigs behind the squirrel were a little more blurred so as not to distract (this can be done by adjusting the aperture).”

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