I would say this photo above is my usual photo of a pocket gopher, but that would not be entirely true. My usual shot is simply a mound of sand with no discernable opening ... the after effects of gopher activity.
This photo shows an actual opening and even the swirling vortex of leaf and sand that the little bugger left as he dashed back into his hole.
I took a lot of these vortex style shots.
Eventually, I got the hang of his rhythm ... disappear into stygian darkness, push sand up, rapidly shove sand out, pause briefly at entrance, disappear into ... well, you know.
I crouched there for about 15 minutes shooting and wondering ...
How does he keep the sand out of his eyes?
How soft is that fur?
How sharp are those eyes? He lives in the dark afterall.
He's not naked mole rat ugly like I expected. He's guinea pig cute actually.