Dutch photographer Dick van Duijn has a real talent for capturing the beauty of wild animals. His photos are both mesmerizing and incredibly cute. The 34-year-old’s wildlife photography 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 beautiful photos 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 and the cute animals in them, 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 professional 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 adorable 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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1 year ago

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

D. Pitbull
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1 year ago

I fully agree - *looking at own camera and seeing scores of pictures of blurs, escaping butts and an ear*

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Iris Engler
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1 year ago

Find the man who hugs you like that squirrel its flower (: What an amazing and lovely shot

Tammy Allen
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1 year ago

My fave wedding photo was caught by a guest and my husband and I are dancing and we both have our closed. Looking at it brings back exactly how I was feeling at the time, "all is right with my world"

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Sarah Panhorst
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1 year ago

AH AH AH TOO CUTE!!! This is beautiful and incredible photography talent!

Samantha Comerford
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1 year ago

This has cheered me up . Thank you.

Lili Ana
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1 year ago

I thought it was going to eat the bug at first... but no... it just wanted a snuggle.

A B C
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1 year ago

Oh my word! I'm melting due to cuteness overload! ❤️❤️❤️

Theory Buchannon
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1 year ago

SO CUTE!!!!!!

D. Pitbull
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1 year ago

GROUND SQUIRREL!!! See - this is an "argument" I had with a professor in University. He motioned to indicate that Ground Squirrels were something like 3 ft tall... and I said slightly too loudly "Oh...that is just b**sh**" - and... from that day on... until the day I graduated... that was my damned nickname. "Ground Squirrel" - yes. I'm short. I'm not THAT short. And Ground Squirrels are NOT THAT BIG, CHRIS!!!

Mary Rose Kent
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1 year ago

Thanks for the laugh!

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Phantom Captain
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1 year ago

This makes my heart melt. Breathtaking.

Southern Belle
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1 year ago

This is mines now!

Mark Snider
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1 year ago

I just love these pictures of a small furry creature and a flower. It's very evident he/she appreciates it greatly. ThankYou for your efforts to share this beauty.

Deborah Ivers
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1 year ago

Absolutely LOVE these moments so precious and endearing! Thank you Van Duijn!! Amazing and uplifting!!

Roger Bird
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1 year ago

It is definitely a picture of a lifetime. It blows the exclusivity of the evolutionary perspective out of the water (or out of the field). Animals have souls; they experience; and spirituality is important.

Deborah Ivers
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1 year ago

Absolutely Roger Bird! Well said!

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Frances Moran
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9 months ago

I Love these pictures! Awww so precious 💕

Joyce Wildenauer
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10 months ago

I found myself wanting to pet his tummy. Adorable!

Joyce Seabloom
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10 months ago

Can I get hard copy photos of these to frame on my wall?

Luis Franco
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10 months ago

Great Photo! Congratulations

James Comegys
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1 year ago

I really want to purchase a copy! where can I?

Waqitos
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1 year ago

MIND BLOWN. WOW

Beverly Belkowski
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1 year ago

Wow!!! Love this so much!

Jim Takahashi
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1 year ago

They are just like us, or we are just like them.

Adria Quines
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1 year ago

Linda natureza a muitos momentos belos danatureza a apreciar amo natureza e um sentimento lindo da vida !!!

Arthur Zimmer
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1 year ago

Incrível, maravilhoso obrigado RS estância

Kimberly Lupfer
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1 year ago

Nice!

Joyce Hughes
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1 year ago

Indeed..a picture of a lifetime....

danielw
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1 year ago

if the photographer wasn't around... the flower would be getting eaten.

Sue Clifford
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1 year ago

True bliss. Unbelievable photo 👍👍👍.

Abigail Green
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1 year ago

So precious

sharron lynn parsons
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1 year ago

Excellent shot, to see it loving a flower, priceless, Being an amateur who loves nature, I do know how difficult it is to get a truly great shot, especially of wildlife, I have a few that took patience,and luck to be thrilled with that awesome shot, such excitement !!!

Kate Murphy
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1 year ago

Sweet Nature

nita adkins
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1 year ago

U smell so sweet!

Donna Congden Herbs
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1 year ago

How great to see the flowers grew much better this year!

Anne Wingate
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1 year ago

This might be the most powerful photo I ever saw.

Christina Uhlir
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1 year ago

First, people must appreciate the nature, and for some it is very hard to do.

Irene Shaw-Squib
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1 year ago

How precious!

Kristin Haskins
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1 year ago

Sometimes what I see here brings me to tears of laughter! Other times, it tears of sadness...but mostly ....mostly...it's just US! All of us, as human beings, with all of our problems, worries, loves, friends, pets, and what our favorite FOODS are..That. ALL OF IT.

Kristin Haskins
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1 year ago

And no, it has nothing to do with anything much, but there it is....and have as nice of a day as you can!

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Marlene Ricker
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1 year ago

The photographer's patience was most definitely rewarded. These pictures are priceless!

Amber
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1 year ago

These are beautiful!

Simonne van der Westerlaken
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1 year ago

Sprakeloos ..

Simonne van der Westerlaken
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1 year ago

Speechless

Leslie Stanick
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1 year ago

Exquisite delicacy...what a precious moment ~

Ashley Wright
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1 year ago

That is the sweetest thing ever.

Chris Economy
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1 year ago

This is one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen.

Nina Sky
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1 year ago

Im a photographer myself so I know how hard and special a shot like this is!!! Amazing warms your heart I love love love these photos ♡♡♡

Sue Clasen
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1 year ago

A flowerologist?

Cat Anderson
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1 year ago

that is so cute. if animals can take time to enjoy nature why don't we

Liz Sahlin Johansson
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1 year ago (edited)

That’s how a Disney picture idea is borne!

Marika Aeon
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1 year ago

I want those pictures to put it on my wall...it's awesome

Pat Mew
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1 year ago

Very difficult to pick out my favourite but the squirrel ones are amazing. The look of utter bliss on some of the animals is enchanting. Also love the sheep - great shot. I admire your patience and skill.

Darko Pešić
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1 year ago

This is so beautiful

Christina Sersif
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1 year ago

This is adorable!

Jennifer
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1 year ago

This has got to be one of the most precious things I have ever seen--no kidding.

Debby Hartinger
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1 year ago

Looks like animals (squirrels) do have emotions. :)

Rhyme Magsino
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1 year ago

hehe

Tammy Allen
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1 year ago

This is so beautiful. Look at the look of happiness and contentment.

Bobert Robertson
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1 year ago

That bokeh though

Laci
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1 year ago

It's like she's asking permission to sniff that flower. "I accept you flower, may I sniff you?"

Panda Kicki
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1 year ago

I suspect he put something that smelled nice for the squirell in the flower :D

knittin' kitten
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1 year ago

Pollen he has pollen in the flower that's what smells nice. Animals can enjoy (and with better sniffers more) smelling wildflowers too

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Naureen Sultan
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1 year ago

Hmmm enjoying sun.

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Bonnie Blue Bird
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1 year ago

EARS!!

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Furthermore, van Duijn shared some photography tips he has for other photographers, whether they’re new to the animal photography 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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sierra rae
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1 year ago

me when i see some one about to throw away food

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Jane Thorne-Gutierrez
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1 year ago

Pillow harvesting.

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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
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1 year ago

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

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Sarah Panhorst
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1 year ago

AWWWWWWW !!! MY HEART IS MELTING!!!

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Sarah Panhorst
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1 year ago

wonderful photo!

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Daria B
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1 year ago (edited)

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

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Sarah Panhorst
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1 year ago

OH LOVELY! Look at his lil nose!

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J. Zingler
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1 year ago

Hippie cows :D

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Sarah Panhorst
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1 year ago

Awww happy sleepy fox :)

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Cristina Steele
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1 year ago

What a beautiful animal. ❤️

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shane montanez
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1 year ago

Those orange eyes tho!

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Dippin Dot
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1 year ago

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

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Eva Bryson
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1 year ago

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

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Sarah Panhorst
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1 year ago

that smug face tho :)

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Theory Buchannon
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1 year ago

MORE MAGESTICNESS!!!!!!!

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1 year ago

Looks like it's having a smoke.

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Clare McDuff
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1 year ago

🎼 all by myyyyyself

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sierra rae
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1 year ago

swag bros

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Agnes Jekyll
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1 year ago

Adolescence is so painful

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1 year ago

Allan!

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Sarah Panhorst
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1 year ago

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

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Jason M
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1 year ago

XP

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FloC
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

i have beaten my record of 6 burritos

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Cheryl Ramsey-Brooks
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1 year ago

A beautiful and very annoying animal.

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Sarah Panhorst
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1 year ago

beautiful! Absolutely stunning!

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