Squirl's Nest

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Ichabod's Excellent Adventure

Last week Ichabod took a couple of days off from work. On Friday he decided to go kayaking with his father down the Muskegon River. Luckily, he took his camera along. There were loads of great nature shots to be had.

The first was this picture of three water snakes.


Then there was the button bush.

Button Bush

Of course, you know I'm gonna love the swan.


This shot of the water lilly is worth clicking on to see the larger picture.

Water Lilly1

Then when he went under a bridge he saw these swallows' nests. Too bad he wasn't able to get a good shot with a little bird head peaking out.

Swallows Nests

He also caught a good picture of an old anchor covered in zebra mussels.


However, my favorite of the whole set was this series of shots he got of a Great Blue Heron. It shows how the heron saw him, reacted and then took off.

Here the heron had seen him and was getting a little nervous.


Getting more nervous, he turns around.


Nervously turning one more time.


Okay, he's had it. He's taking off.


And there he goes.



Blogger Nina said...

I would have to say Ichabod had an Excellent Adventure. The photos are beautiful. I love nature,the Great Blue Heron intrigued me, I had not seen one until this year, when one took up a nest in the lake behind our house. So I liked all the pictures, even the snakes, and I am not a snake person.

Thu Jul 21, 08:54:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Hi Nanina, welcome! I'm guessing you came over from Sierrabella's blog. I'm not keen on snake's either, but he really did get a good shot of them. I love the herons. Last year I even saw a Snowy Egret. We get some good birds here in Michigan. I see you're from Colorado, don't know what kind of birds you get there but I'm there are plenty that I've never seen before.

Have a fun trip. I've only been to Santa Fe once, but it's really pretty there.

Thu Jul 21, 09:12:00 PM  
Blogger Ern said...

Give my regards to Ichabod for the photos! I love the snakes and the water lily.

Thu Jul 21, 10:18:00 PM  
Blogger Ern said...

I knew I was forgetting one! The button bush was my favorite!

Thu Jul 21, 10:18:00 PM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

Huh huh...

Button bush...

Huh huh...

Thu Jul 21, 10:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Danielle said...


You just HAD to put the snake one at the beginning? why not the button bush? or the water lily? or well, the swan?

I'm still feeling creeped out.

But the heron shots helped erase it some. Those are neat. I like the progression.

And the large water lily is gorgeous. nice reflection.

Thu Jul 21, 10:35:00 PM  
Blogger Nina said...

Your guess is right that I came over from Sierrabella's Blog. :)

I am from Northern Colorado, and we do have a lot of different birds. What we don't have that I really wish we did are Cardinals. Their color just is amazing.

We are only a 6 1/2 hours drive from Santa Fe . . . it is pretty.

Fri Jul 22, 12:28:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Ern, I will, thanks! Glad you enjoyed.

Okay, Bucky, that'll be about enough out of you, young lady.

Danielle, oops, sorry. Didn't mean to freak anybody out. It didn't bother me because I wasn't kayaking right next to them. It was just the first thing he took photos of when he was out and, except for the heron, everything was in the order of his trip. Just keep looking at the birds.

Nanina, yes, I really love having the cardinals here. They are gorgeous.

Fri Jul 22, 09:36:00 AM  
Blogger LadyBug said...

Very cool pics! I loved the water lilly shot. And the heron series was made even better by your narration.

Fri Jul 22, 10:14:00 AM  
Blogger eclectic said...

Those photos are great! But Bucky made me laugh, even in the face of such spectacular pictures. How can she make even a plant into a sexual innuendo?! That's talent, right there folks. ;)

Fri Jul 22, 10:33:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Thanks, Ladybug, I'll tell Ichabod you liked his photos. I didn't think the heron series was as good without a little narration.

Eclectic, thanks. But leave it to Bucky.

Fri Jul 22, 12:43:00 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

Great photos.
I'm surprised Bucky didn't somehow mention the dreaded trouser snakes...
*heh heh heh*

Fri Jul 22, 01:04:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Sierrabella, actually, she almost did make that comment. Thanks!

Fri Jul 22, 01:54:00 PM  
Blogger August95 said...

Great shots Squirl. Looks like Ichabod had an interesting day. I have some haron shots at my place I took the other day. I had you in mind when I took them too!

Fri Jul 22, 03:20:00 PM  
Blogger laurenbove said...

Beautiful. I feel like I've been on an adventure. Thanks for sharing. Well done!

Fri Jul 22, 04:03:00 PM  
Blogger tshsmom said...

It's so encouraging to see the Trumpeter Swan making such a GREAT COMEBACK. They were almost extinct 30 yrs ago.

Fri Jul 22, 08:19:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

August95, you know how I love the birds. And I love your heron pictures.

Laurenbove, thank you. I'm so glad you enjoyed.

tshsmom, aren't the swans great? I love 'em.

Fri Jul 22, 08:30:00 PM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

That makes me think of the EB White book Trumpet of the Swan.

There. Nice comment, no sexual innuendo visible. Not even a word about stranglin' the swan. Nope.

(huh huh "trouser snake" huh huh)

Fri Jul 22, 08:42:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Thanks, Bucky, I needed a good laugh.

Fri Jul 22, 09:34:00 PM  
Blogger SunDenine said...

Great Pics Squirl and Ichabod! Three snakes whoa...I know they are harmless but they sure look mean.

The Button Bush lol...the water lilly, the herons... the Button Bush.

enough said.

Fri Jul 22, 09:42:00 PM  
Blogger JessicaRabbit said...

Now Bucky has me in a wrong frame of mind and I just want to call your boyfriend Lic a bod.

Fri Jul 22, 09:44:00 PM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

Oh, yeah, your frame of mind is ALL my fault.

Because you were such a NICE girl before you met me.

Fri Jul 22, 09:55:00 PM  
Blogger Kitty said...

Lic-a-bod :). That's fantastic!

I'm still freaked out by the snakes. That is the same river I floated down for what...3 hours... in an inner tube less than 2 weeks ago. It took me three visits to grow the balls to scroll down.

I remember the blue heron spot, that's approaching Grant I think. Maybe the Newaygo side pits I can't remember - I drank too much on that tubing trip. I probably partied with those trouser snakes.

Whatup homies?

Fri Jul 22, 10:39:00 PM  
Blogger Kitty said...

hey - nature channel slug porn - http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/load/ponds/gal0901132814997.html

Sat Jul 23, 12:06:00 AM  
Blogger Kitty said...

oh... and some background... http://ifaq.wap.org/sex/sexandgardenslug.html

Sat Jul 23, 12:08:00 AM  
Blogger Kitty said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

Sat Jul 23, 12:12:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

DP, thanks!

Jess, I have to start calling him that. That's pretty funny.

Bucky, I get the feeling that you and Jess would make a great comedy duo.

Kitty, I didn't realize that's where you were tubing. Um, trouser snakes, yeah. The link didn't pull up any slug porn, though.

Sat Jul 23, 06:47:00 AM  
Blogger Kitty said...

ya it does, you just have to scroll down on the page. are you sure you got the whole URL?

Damn me and my inability to write html.

Lemmie try this again...
Slug Porn

Sat Jul 23, 10:57:00 AM  
Blogger Kitty said...


now how did i just do that :(

Sat Jul 23, 10:59:00 AM  
Blogger tshsmom said...

Congrats, Kitty!!
I STILL can't figure out that link thing! Posting pictures is as high-tech as I get! Maybe someday....

Sat Jul 23, 12:48:00 PM  
Blogger Von Krankipantzen said...

Those snakes are scary but what cool nests. Looks like a wonderful adventure. How nice that you have that kind of retreat to go to.

Sat Jul 23, 01:37:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Yay, Kitty, you did html. That's some pretty graphic animal porn. I sent it to Ichabod. We share.

tshsmom, I have that code someplace, too, but I've never even tried to use it.

Kranki, thanks, Ichabod really liked those nests. Too bad he couldn't get a picture of the bird heads sticking out.

Sat Jul 23, 08:03:00 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

I love the photos. Sounds like a great time was had!

Sat Jul 23, 08:09:00 PM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

Let's see if I can do this without giving the browser real code to interpret.
To make a link in comments:

leftpointybracket A HREF="http://www.yoururl.com" rightpointybracket The Text You Wish To Be A Link leftpointybracket /A rightpointybracket

Sat Jul 23, 08:13:00 PM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

Can I publish a pointy bracket without its being interpreted as code?

I'll just show you the leftpointybracket:


Sat Jul 23, 08:28:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Thanks, Resqiescat. Nice to see you here again.

Bucky, that's pretty darn tricky.

Sat Jul 23, 08:42:00 PM  
Blogger Kitty said...

i cheated. i did a view source and stole the coding behind the link back to squirl's blog. copy/paste is such a beautiful thing.

slug porn for all! it took my mind off of the skeery snakes :).

Sat Jul 23, 09:06:00 PM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

How wonderful! The pics are so beautiful. I'm glad he had such a great time.

Sun Jul 24, 12:08:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Hey, Kitty, html is justing sitting all over the place waiting to be copied and pasted.

Jamie Dawn, thanks!

Sun Jul 24, 08:21:00 AM  
Blogger tshsmom said...

HTML hates me! *pout*

Sun Jul 24, 10:15:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

tshsmom, html is a bugger. It is not very forgiving. You have to have it EXACT or it will give you the cyber-finger. Keep practicing, maybe you can get past its rude ways.

Sun Jul 24, 10:39:00 AM  
Blogger Torrie said...

Hee hee. You said bush.

Wed Jul 27, 11:22:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Hi, Torrie! Not for nothing am I Bucky's sister. :-)

Wed Jul 27, 12:05:00 PM  

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