Squirl's Nest

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Early morning by the Grand River

This morning Ichabod and I woke up early, before 6:30. I suggested going to breakfast. The only decent restaurant open that early is Wolfgang's. Not Wolfgang Puck's folks, just a local breakfast/lunch place.

I had brought my camera with me as I thought there might be a good sunrise. There wasn't. But Ichabod suggested going for a ride by the river. Here are some morning shots along the river. If you can get it to work, most of these look better if you click on them and check out the larger size.

DSCN1271 This is the Grand Lady

Then I took some pictures of this bridge hoping to get the reflection. It didn't turn out as well as I would've liked, but in the large size you can see it better.

The river had flooded recently, frozen, then receded. If you look at the large photos you can see the ice where it was higher and is cracking as the water's gone down.


The reflection is better in the large version of this one.

I just happened to like this log.

Just a random riverside shot.

And the train bridge.


Blogger tshsmom said...

Nice pics! I've been out today taking pics of winter shadows.

Sun Feb 26, 02:21:00 PM  
Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Wonderful pictures. The first reminds me of the Ohio River and its riverboats.

Sun Feb 26, 02:25:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Thanks, tshsmom! I hope you post yours, too. I was just commenting on the long shadows we get at this time of year.

Hi, Nick! Thanks! Of course, I grew up in the same city, next to the Ohio. I've always lived within a few miles of a large body of water. I like the riverboats in St. Louis, too.

Sun Feb 26, 02:41:00 PM  
Blogger eclectic said...

Beautiful! I love walking along the water -- unless it's mosquito season... then, not so much. Looks like a wonderful way to have spent some time together!

Sun Feb 26, 05:49:00 PM  
Blogger hellokittn said...

Ahh... the burial grounds. Is that the bridge on my favorite rollerblading trail?

Sun Feb 26, 05:56:00 PM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

"If you can get it to work" HA! Clearly that was directed at me and my feelings are so completely...ooh, an unopened box of Nerds, cool!

Sun Feb 26, 05:59:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Eclectic, when we had really bad flooding a couple of springs ago, the mosquitoes were so bad we had to run to get away from them there. It was cool to look at the high water, but not the durn bugs.

Chia, this road is easy to be on in broad daylight. And I'll bet that is the bridge.

Luckily Mr B, is easily distracted. heh heh heh

Sun Feb 26, 06:05:00 PM  
Blogger Ern said...

Thanks for taking us on your walk!

Sun Feb 26, 06:53:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Ern, you're welcome. I hope you enjoyed it. :-)

Sun Feb 26, 07:38:00 PM  
Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Interesting you mention St. Louis, for I have lived there, too. I seem to always end up living in a river valley. Perhaps that is why I have also always taken decongestants for by sinuses.

Sun Feb 26, 08:22:00 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Those are excellent. Michigan looks pretty freakin' cold - I think I'd like it there.

Sun Feb 26, 10:12:00 PM  
Blogger hellokittn said...

LOL Jim :P. It's waay too cold dude, what are you thinking?!?!

Mon Feb 27, 09:31:00 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

chia - I LOVE the cold. LOVE it. That's why I moved to Seattle - it never gets REALLY hot.

Mon Feb 27, 09:38:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Nick, there's something really compelling about living close to the water. But it does have its drawbacks.

Jim, thanks! It was probably 15 F. We actually were in the car and I'd quickly jump out to take the shots and jump back in shivering. Where is the coldest place you've ever lived, anyway? Chia, has got a very good point there.

Mon Feb 27, 10:07:00 AM  
Blogger LadyBug said...

Pretty pictures, Squirl!

Mon Feb 27, 10:40:00 AM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

What was that big riverboat that I used to see in Louisville all the time - was that the Belle of Louisville?

Cool pics, sis!

Mon Feb 27, 10:46:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Thanks, Ladybug!

Bucky, I think that was its name. SS Nick could probably help us with that one. Thanks!

Mon Feb 27, 12:49:00 PM  
Blogger Von Krankipantzen said...

The quality of light is lovely. So wintery and crisp.

Mon Feb 27, 01:42:00 PM  
Blogger eclectic said...

Oh no you don't, Jim... you're only a couple hours away from me right now and it's still too dammit far -- no way am I lettin' you get even farther away! Fergit it!! In fact, I think we should make Squirl, Bucky and Chia move HERE!

Mon Feb 27, 05:09:00 PM  
Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Bucky the riverboat was either the Belle of Louisville, which is docked on the river at Louisville at the foot of 4th Street, or the Delta Queen from Cincinnati.

The Delta Queen is larger, but the Belle of Louisville is faster. They traditionally have a steamboat race during the festivities of the Kentucky Derby, which you really ought to attend one year. It’s a week plus of parties and fun.

Mon Feb 27, 07:15:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Kranki, thank you. I would've been really unhappy if I'd forgotten my camera and misse that morning light.

Eclectic, talk some sense into Jim. He doesn't really want to be here in frigid-land. I don't know about the rest of us moving over there, but at least save him while you can.

Nick, thanks for the update on the boats. It's been too long for me.

Mon Feb 27, 08:06:00 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

squirl - colorado was probably the coldest place I've lived as an adult. We did live in Michigan but moved when I was a wee tot.

Tue Feb 28, 07:26:00 AM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

Yup, it was definitely the Belle of Louisville then. Thanks, SS Nick!

Tue Feb 28, 07:26:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Jim, I've heard that Colorado gets cold but not as gloomy as here. Snow just comes and stays and stays.

Bucky, I thought so too.

Tue Feb 28, 10:39:00 AM  
Blogger Nina said...

Beautiful pictures, I love that you remember taking your camera with you I wish I was better at it.

Tue Feb 28, 05:56:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Nina, thanks! Sometimes it's a curse. Those times when I don't remember my camera and something really beautiful happens it drives me nuts. :-)

Wed Mar 01, 01:03:00 PM  

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