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Monday, March 06, 2006

Another Sunday drive

Went for a ride yesterday with a friend. We drove up to the river and along the way I got these shots of sastrugi. This type of snow ridge was better last year. But that's okay because that means we got less snow this year.

Then we went along the river. I liked this reflection.

Then we drove along Crockery Creek. If you're from Michigan you'll pronounce that "crick". This showed how the water had been higher, frozen, and then gone down again.

Then we drove over to an area that sometimes floods over by the highway. More good examples of frozen ice ledges stuck on the trees. Again, not as cool as last year's when they were a foot thick and three feet or more high.

And, while I recommend clicking on all of these pictures and choosing All Sizes to see them in a larger version, you really need to with these. We drove by a farm where there were chickens and wild ducks hanging out together. If you look at the large size and look waaaay to the right, about my side-view mirror, you can see the female mallards.

I also saw some Red Tail Hawks. They were close enough that I could see the red of the tail perfectly but too far away to get a picture.


Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

My sister has been a teacher for years at an elementary school that most would consider "inner city." Though the chicken that comes through her classroom window might disagree.

Mon Mar 06, 10:06:00 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Oh cool! I liked the straight-on picture of the river. Very cool.

I love hawks. I'm jealous

Mon Mar 06, 11:01:00 PM  
Blogger August95 said...

Very nice water ice pictures. Thanks for taking us alone.

Mon Mar 06, 11:45:00 PM  
Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

I must admit that winter is beautiful, even if I am tired of it. Wonderful photos.

Mon Mar 06, 11:55:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Mr B, inner city, huh? Where the heck does she teach?

Jim, thank you, I really liked that one, too. I took a bunch of pictures and this is what I narrowed it down to. Do you get the hawks over there? Or do you just not get the chance to go out and see them?

August, thanks! And, you're welcome.

Nick, I always have to say that the stuff is beautiful even if I don't like to have to deal with it. Most of this will probably go away this week. We're getting into the 40s and 50s with rain.

Tue Mar 07, 09:00:00 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

squirl-bob - I'm sure we do, but I haven't seen any in years. It might be because I'm in a grey cubicle 456 hours a day.

Tue Mar 07, 09:46:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

Right here in the lovely town of Owensboro, KY.

Whoa, my security word? I'm not so sure the Elf Untion is going to like this. Or, maybe they'll love it: bfelv

Tue Mar 07, 09:54:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Jim, you need to make some time to get out in the woods and see that kind of wildlife. It's very rewarding and helps offsite the loooooon hours spent in the cubicle.

Mr B, Owensboro has an inner-city, huh? Chickens it is. :-)

I don't know about the Elf union, but I think it's funny.

Tue Mar 07, 10:02:00 AM  
Blogger LadyBug said...

Lovely pics as usual, Squirl. What a nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Tue Mar 07, 10:48:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Thanks, Ladybug. It was chilly, but still fun.

Is this considered "stopping to smell the roses" when roses aren't blooming yet. :-)

Tue Mar 07, 10:51:00 AM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

OK, now how 'bout I leave this comment as ME?

I'm told elves are mad for the BF. So I think you're alright. Come on, did anyone else see the elves in Lord of the Rings? Sure, they could kick your ass fast as you could blink at their shiny tresses, but let's face it - elves are, at their heart, a bit mincey.

And the pictures are beautimus. I like the hawks, too. We get lots of them where I am now.

Tue Mar 07, 11:09:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Bucky, thanks! Yes, as bad as they are, elves are mincey.

Tue Mar 07, 01:27:00 PM  
Blogger tshsmom said...

Thanks for my new word for the day.
I swear that my mission in life is to fatten up birds at my feeder, so the hawks can feast on them. :(

Tue Mar 07, 05:03:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

tshsmom, you're welcome. That does seem sad to feed the birds only to have the hawks feed on them.

Tue Mar 07, 07:58:00 PM  
Blogger hellokittn said...

That entire stretch of roadways is always beautiful! Thanks Squirl!

Tue Mar 07, 08:50:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Chia, it sure is beautiful. Thanks!

Tue Mar 07, 09:28:00 PM  
Blogger tshsmom said...

I know it's the way nature works. I just wish the hawks would wait until the birds leave the yard.

Tue Mar 07, 11:31:00 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

Who knew that there was such a fancy word for snow eroded by wind? wow!

Neat pics of the ice where the water went down too. :-)

Wed Mar 08, 08:45:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

tshsmom, oh no, blood and feathers right in your own backyard. That sucks.

Danielle, I first found that word from a page a day English Oxford Dictionary that Ichabod gave to me. It was spelled a bit differently but this spelling is easier.

Thanks, I love how the ice is like that. Was still like that yesterday but we're warming up and going to have rain so it'll probably be gone soon.

Wed Mar 08, 09:26:00 AM  
Blogger LadyBug said...

I don't know about "stopping to smell the roses," Squirl. Perhaps "stopping to admire the snow"? :)

Wed Mar 08, 10:43:00 AM  
Blogger eclectic said...

Those ice ledges are cool!!! We get red tails, and Cooper's hawks, as well as perregrine falcons, kestrels, osprey and tons of bald eagles. When we moved here early in '97, it was rare to see a bald, but they've made such a remarkable recovery that it's becoming common place. So cool!! I love taking nature walks/drives with you!! And your pictures are SOOOOOO much better than mine....!

Wed Mar 08, 05:14:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Ladybug, thanks. I try to find the beauty in nature. Yes, even in things like snow, which I really don't like.

Eclectic, I love sastrugi. I can't wait till bald eagles are that commonplace around here. I'm not sure about kestrels, but I think we have all the others around here. I wish you could really go on these nature trips with me. I'm glad you enjoy my pictures. I've never seen anything wrong with your pictures, but unlike you, I don't have three active kids to keep up with. Working on taking pictures is easier for me. :-)

Wed Mar 08, 08:10:00 PM  
Blogger Ern said...

Thanks for letting us drive with you! Melting snow and ice always makes such interesting forms.

Thu Mar 09, 02:31:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Ern, you're so welcome. I think so too. All of that ice is gone now. I went by there today on my way to the chiropractor.

Thu Mar 09, 05:44:00 PM  

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