Squirl's Nest

Friday, September 23, 2005

Dinner and a walk

Ichabod and I went to dinner downtown tonight at a restaurant called Bentham's. We had a nice view of the Grand River and the beginning of the sunset from our table. As we left the restaurant I took these pictures of our view.

Grand River1
Grand River2

Then we took a nice, long walk down to the John Ball Park Zoo. We decided to sit at a picnic table and rest a bit before walking back. Well, I needed the rest. Ichabod goes on much longer, faster walks by himself.

There were quite a few ducks and geese in and by the water.


Then Ichabod whipered to me to be quiet. He saw the heron before I did. Unfortunately it was really starting to get dark so I'm not sure how these pictures will show.


Then we decided it was time to head home. I couldn't keep my camera in my purse when I saw the sunset.



Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

Danged if you didn't have a purty night all the way around. You're even more obsessive with the camera than I am. Good job!

Fri Sep 23, 10:29:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Bucky, thanks! It was a nice night. I have to say that I am always thinking about blogging when I take pictures now. I also like to think how I could put a story together using pictures. If I need to have an obsession then taking pictures of sunsets and blue herons is safe enough.

Fri Sep 23, 10:43:00 PM  
Blogger Susie said...

What a lovely evening. I'm happy for you, and a little bit envious. LG has a friend over whose mom is out of town (in China, actually), so we ordered in pizza and watched Pirates of the Carribean (2 Rs, 2Bs? I can never remember). Your night sounds and looks really nice.

Fri Sep 23, 10:45:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Thanks, Susie. Pizza is good. And who wouldn't want to watch Johnnie Depp? I just had to look it up. I spelled it the same as you, but it's really Caribbean. I never could remember that one, either. :-)

But, yes, it was a lovely evening.

Fri Sep 23, 10:54:00 PM  
Blogger Von Krankipantzen said...

You are so clever to bring your camera along with you on your night out. Lovely photos.

Sat Sep 24, 12:08:00 AM  
Blogger Kitty said...

Being a ZBZ girl myself, that's a long haul from downtown. I'm glad that there are only happy thoughts from your walk home!!!

Don't do that again, please? It's not that safe around there. I'm better off walking around my own barren hood than waltzing around the 'ol hood!!!

Let's just say, there is a lot more GR gang action around there than east of town. There is a drug war going on on the WS right now.

Sat Sep 24, 12:37:00 AM  
Blogger Kitty said...

...and I'm sorry, I got a little keyboard malfunction... I meant that I'm a former "JBZ" girl.

It's the 'ol Polish part of Grand Rapids. It was... was... the old Polish/Russian side of town back in the day. So my StepDad says :).

Sat Sep 24, 12:45:00 AM  
Blogger August95 said...

Watch out for those geese, they can be really mean if you get to close.

Red at night sailors delight! Beautiful sky.

Sat Sep 24, 12:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Danielle said...

I saw the heron! It looked very close. :)

The sunset was beautiful. Nice shots.

And yes, I too have decided that if photography and storytelling are my obsession, it is not so bad. :)

Sat Sep 24, 08:34:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Thanks, Kranki! So many times I've gone out for a walk and a perfect picture is right in front of me but my camera isn't.

Besides, I haven't been feeling really creative lately so it gave me a new post without having to think too hard. :-)

Kitty, yes, we were in your old neighborhood. It seemed pretty peaceful last night. We stopped by the Dairy Whatever and got some ice cream. We walked down that way earlier this week. Of course, we pretty much stay on the main drag. It's such a pretty area right down by the zoo.

August, I know about those nasty geese. Did we talk about this before? I just happened to still have a snow shovel in my car that kept that old SOB goose away from me.

Danielle, I think I learned the picture storytelling from you. It's too bad it was getting dark when I took the heron pictures. If you click on them and look at the bigger versions it's a little easier to see. Thank you!

Sat Sep 24, 08:44:00 AM  
Blogger August95 said...

I don't think so squirl, can you point me in the direction of the post that tells THAT story lol.

Sat Sep 24, 10:20:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

August, I never did post about it. I had just gone down to the water to watch the birds. This was at a boat launch and a lot of people feed the ducks and geese down there.

There were quite a few geese hanging out in the parking lot and one was getting very aggressive and loud. It took the snow shovel (this was spring) to make him stay back. I never actually hit him, I just had to go toward him in a threatening manner.

Sat Sep 24, 11:06:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

Perty, very perty.

Sat Sep 24, 11:28:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Thanks, Mr B! Is that profile pic a younger version of you?

Sat Sep 24, 11:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Danielle said...

You had told me about the snow shovel and the goose when I posted "the geese, and the people" "the geese, and the people" when I visited Mnnpls.

that might be what you were thinking of with August95.

Sat Sep 24, 01:32:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Danielle, I knew I'd told someone about that. Thanks! :-)

Sat Sep 24, 02:06:00 PM  
Blogger Ern said...

What a lovely spot right in the city! Both the restaurant/river view and the park.

Sat Sep 24, 04:08:00 PM  
Blogger Ern said...

What a lovely spot right in the city! Both the restaurant/river view and the park.

Sat Sep 24, 04:09:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Thanks, Ern. Grand Rapids has some very nice spots in it.

Sat Sep 24, 04:15:00 PM  
Blogger Henri Banks said...

There are some nice pics in your Blog Squirl

Sun Sep 25, 02:43:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

Yep, that's a younger me at a time when milk was my only option.

Seems like Kitty's gettin' all maternal.

Sun Sep 25, 07:19:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

WhiteTrash, thanks!

Mr B, I love your picture. Hmm, nothing like a maternal Kitty.

Sun Sep 25, 08:23:00 AM  
Blogger Nina said...

WOW, just beautiful, and it sounds like a lovely evening, one I would enjoy!

Sun Sep 25, 11:26:00 AM  
Blogger August95 said...

Yikes, geese and snow shovels, sound about right to me. I have been confronted by an evil goose and was unarmed! LOL. I gave it a very wide birth.

Sun Sep 25, 11:35:00 AM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

Love the pictures, Squirl!
Keep that camera handy.

Sun Sep 25, 03:57:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Nanina, thanks. It was a very lovely evening.

August, yeah, they can be pretty feisty.

Sierrabella, thanks! I'm really enjoying that camera.

Sun Sep 25, 07:27:00 PM  
Blogger Kitty said...

Almost missed the maternal accusations by a certain Mr B..

I resemble that.


Sun Sep 25, 10:54:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Kitty, I think the two of you had just bettter talk this one over privately, if you know what I mean.

Mon Sep 26, 08:34:00 AM  
Blogger song said...

*sigh* I had a view like that sunset one once - then they put all these apartment blocks in the way and they don't make nearly as nice a silhouette.

Thu Sep 29, 07:39:00 AM  

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