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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10 months 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
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10 months ago

Hmmm enjoying sun.

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Bonnie Blue Bird
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10 months 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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10 months ago

me when i see some one about to throw away food

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Jane Thorne-Gutierrez
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10 months ago

Pillow harvesting.

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10 months 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
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10 months ago

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

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Sarah Panhorst
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10 months ago

AWWWWWWW !!! MY HEART IS MELTING!!!

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Sarah Panhorst
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10 months ago

wonderful photo!

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Daria B
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10 months 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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10 months ago

OH LOVELY! Look at his lil nose!

Bluebell Rizzi
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9 months ago

Boop

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Cindy Snow
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10 months ago

My cat likes smelling flowers too.

Mary Rose Kent
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10 months ago

Any favorites?

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Lili Ana
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10 months ago

Ground squirrels must be more in tune with plants than we are.

Mary Rose Kent
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10 months ago

It helps to be almost the same size...

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Debi Biderman
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10 months ago

"Poppies, poppies will make them sleep"

Sue Clasen
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10 months ago

Waiting for poppy seeds.

Cat Anderson
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10 months ago

boy this little guy sure loves his flowers

Unbored
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10 months ago

This is so funny ❤️😃 Lol

Jennifer
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10 months ago

My heart is Melting

Candice Lewis
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10 months ago

This little guy loves him some flowers! I think I could learn to appreciate life a bit more from him

Nathalie Langevin
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10 months ago

Guess we now know what florists reincarn into :)

sharron lynn parsons
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10 months ago

Great shot, little critters are a terrific subject !!!

nita adkins
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10 months ago

Um my favorite 😍

bpanther
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10 months ago

Come come my lady, where are you !!

Leslie Stanick
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10 months ago

Oh..this little on is so curious and enjoying the exquisite moment of fragrance...I will never look at squirrels the same way again....in awe ~

Dianna
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10 months ago

Looking for the Poppy Seeds?

Ashley Wright
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10 months ago

Boy, this chipmunk gets around.

Chris Economy
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10 months ago

These little squirrels are simply precious.

Jojo-a-gogo
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10 months ago

'Shopped

boredpanDaman
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10 months ago

i think its the same guy smelling the other flower. he's so gay : )

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J. Zingler
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10 months ago

Hippie cows :D

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Sarah Panhorst
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10 months ago

Awww happy sleepy fox :)

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Cristina Steele
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10 months ago

What a beautiful animal. ❤️

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shane montanez
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10 months ago

Those orange eyes tho!

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Dippin Dot
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10 months ago

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

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Eva Bryson
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10 months ago

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

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Sarah Panhorst
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10 months ago

that smug face tho :)

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Theory Buchannon
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10 months ago

MORE MAGESTICNESS!!!!!!!

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10 months ago

Looks like it's having a smoke.

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Clare McDuff
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10 months ago

🎼 all by myyyyyself

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sierra rae
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10 months ago

swag bros

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Agnes Jekyll
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10 months ago

Adolescence is so painful

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10 months ago

Allan!

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Sarah Panhorst
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10 months ago

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

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Jason M
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10 months ago

XP

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FloC
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10 months 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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10 months ago

i have beaten my record of 6 burritos

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Cheryl Ramsey-Brooks
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10 months ago

A beautiful and very annoying animal.

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Sarah Panhorst
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10 months ago

beautiful! Absolutely stunning!

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