Dutch photographer Dick van Duijn has a real talent for capturing the beauty of wildlife. His photos are both mesmerizing and incredibly cute. The 34-year-old’s work is very popular, with over 46,200 people all over the world eagerly following him on Instagram. Recently, van Duijn has been causing waves on the internet with his endearing pictures of ground squirrels smelling flowers.

To bring a bit more joy to your autumn day, here is a list of van Duijn’s most beautiful animal photos. So scroll down, enjoy the gorgeous photos, upvote your favorites, and leave us a comment explaining which pictures you liked the most. Read on and enjoy Bored Panda’s in-depth interview with photographer van Duijn about his work. And if you want, share this post to brighten up somebody’s day!

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Van Duijn revealed to Bored Panda what motivated him to photograph the ground squirrels who are so lovingly hugging flowers in his pictures.

“I saw pictures of these cute animals from other photographers and wanted to photograph them myself. Because I like flowers and animals, I tried to combine them. I am always looking for ways to capture nature in its most unaffected form.”

The photographer added more about the ground squirrels: “There were a lot of curious squirrels, so it was not hard to photograph them, but to capture one with a flower like this took a lot of patience and shots. The moment the squirrel smelled the flower and planted his face in the flower, I knew this was the picture of a lifetime!”

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Full Name 6 days ago

People don't understand how hard nature photos are to get. If they did they'd appreciate them more.

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Naureen Sultan 6 days ago

Hmmm enjoying sun.

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Furthermore, van Duijn shared some advice he has for other photographers, whether they’re new to the trade or seasoned veterans in their own right.

“Just start photographing nature and wildlife in your own area and practice and experiment a lot. When you have mastered photography in your own environment, head out to other countries and explore.”

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Jane Thorne-Gutierrez 6 days ago

Pillow harvesting.

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sierra rae 6 days ago

me when i see some one about to throw away food

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Full Name 6 days ago

This is the best squirrel photo I've ever seen.

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Van Duijn, who grew up on the coast of the Netherlands in Noordwijk, started working at his parents’ fish shop after graduating from school. He bought his first camera 8 years ago, after deciding that he needed a creative outlet. That was the start of his “biggest passion” — photography.

The photographer has a wide range of experience and expertise in wildlife, landscape, cityscape, and sports photography. He has traveled all over the world in search of beautiful shots. Van Duijn is incredibly popular and his love for photography has landed him in media outlets all across the globe.

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glowworm2 6 days ago

I love Scottish Highland cows. They are so cute and fluffy!

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Sarah Panhorst 6 days ago

AWWWWWWW !!! MY HEART IS MELTING!!!

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Daria B 6 days ago (edited)

They're like a gang, but the background is idyllic. Such an adorably funny contrast.

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Sarah Panhorst 6 days ago

OH LOVELY! Look at his lil nose!

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J. Zingler 6 days ago

Hippie cows :D

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Sarah Panhorst 6 days ago

Awww happy sleepy fox :)

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Cristina Steele 6 days ago

What a beautiful animal. ❤️

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shane montanez 6 days ago

Those orange eyes tho!

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Dippin Dot 6 days ago

Sugar Cookies!! (when you roll in the sand to dry off after swimming)

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Eva Bryson 6 days ago

Hey Jack, come here and take at look at this.

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Full Name 6 days ago

Looks like it's having a smoke.

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Theory Buchannon 6 days ago

MORE MAGESTICNESS!!!!!!!

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Clare McDuff 6 days ago

🎼 all by myyyyyself

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sierra rae 6 days ago

swag bros

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Sarah Panhorst 6 days ago

This is a wonderful photo! look at him!!!!

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Agnes Jekyll 6 days ago

Adolescence is so painful

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FloC 6 days ago

Did he plant the flower in the grass ? It looks odd to have just one flower standing out like that. The photo is great anyway, well, all of them are.

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Pen Edward 6 days ago

i have beaten my record of 6 burritos

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Sarah Panhorst 6 days ago

beautiful! Absolutely stunning!

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Cheryl Ramsey-Brooks 6 days ago

A beautiful and very annoying animal.

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Note: this post originally had 52 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.