Weekly Photo Challenge & Travel Theme: Happy Animals

By Vladimir Brezina

The Daily Post’s Photo Challenge this week is Happy. And Ailsa’s Travel-Themed Photo Challenge is Animals. So…

Zhuangzi and Huizi were strolling along the bridge over the Hao River. Zhuangzi said, “The minnows swim about so freely, following the openings wherever they take them. Such is the happiness of fish.”

Huizi said, “You are not a fish, so whence do you know the happiness of fish?”

Zhuangzi said, “You are not I, so whence do you know I don’t know the happiness of fish?”

Huizi said, “I am not you, to be sure, so I don’t know what it is to be you. But by the same token, since you are certainly not a fish, my point about your inability to know the happiness of fish stands intact.”

Zhuangzi said, “Let’s go back to the starting point. You said, ‘Whence do you know the happiness of fish?’ Since your question was premised on your knowing that I know it, I must have known it from here, up above the Hao River.”

The Happiness of Fish

I don’t know about fish, but these squirrels sure look happy to me…


A second interpretation of “Animals” is here.

73 responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge & Travel Theme: Happy Animals

  1. Oh! To watch a tree full of squirrels racing through the branches and round and round the trunks is worth every moment spent in rapt attention!
    Yes, these are happy animals!


  2. Squirrels are funny animals that love to play chase, dig holes and plant seeds only to dig them up. Wonderful photos. Great post to cover Happy and Travel theme: Animals. ;)


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  4. Creative combination of the photo themes! ~ Kat


  5. Excellent job, both the writing and combining two photo challenges in one.


  6. Love it, Vlad. That top squirrel looks like a bit of a philosopher himself. Brilliant series of ‘how many squirrels can fit in a tree’ :)


  7. I had a little Chihuahua once who loved to play chase with the squirrels in the back yard. I think the squirrels thought they were Chihuahuas, and were happy; or maybe the Chihuahua thought he was a squirrel and was happy :) Love your photos.


  8. I love your happiness of a fish story…and the images are pretty darn good too


  9. Surely fish are happy, but most definitely, those adorable squirrels. :-) Love the story.


  10. Squirrels! I don’t care what anybody says, I like them.


  11. What a life – eat and play


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  13. Those squirrels have the most adorable faces. A happy life they have, for sure. :)


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  15. We don’t have squirrels in Australia, but we were lucky enough to encounter them during our two northern hemisphere trips (UK in 2006 and Canada last year). They are truly fascinating and joyful animals. Great post!


  16. This is indeed a wondrous combination of the photo challenges this week. I can sense the squirrels’ glee. :)


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  19. I’m happy to send most of my squirrel population to you. I adore all of nature. But I have to gird myself to tolerate their antics that daily try to raid the bird feeders. I’ve resorted to giving them leftovers. Seems to keep them jolly. Nice photos.


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  21. Great set of photos, Vlad, and I love the fish story :-)


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  24. They are so cute! And I love how you’ve combined two photo challenges :)


  25. Nice combination! I adore squirrels – have a red one in my garden.


  26. This is the first photo collection of squirrels that I’ve seen. Thanks for the new experience ;)


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  28. Great cocktail of Challenge !


  29. My husband and I once watched a couple of (we think) male squirrels chase a (we think) female squirrel up and down the trees in our yard for a good 45 minutes…fascinating!


  30. four on one tree -never seen!


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  32. That last shot looks like they need a traffic cop! Great photos!


  33. I love your squirrel photos!! Funny, I am about to submit my animal post and it is on one thirsty camera shy squirrel!! LoL!!


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  35. Amazing! The way they scale that tree and their looks – they are incredibly cute! How can some people harm them?


  36. Happy, indeed :)


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