Squirl's Nest

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

A walk on my birfday weekend

Ichabod and I went for a walk in Lamoreaux Park last weekend. I played hogs of the camera and took all of these with his Sony Mavica.

The weather was perfect. It wasn't hot, it wasn't cold, it wasn't too sunny. It was really nice.

As always, these will look better if you click on them and choose All Sizes and pick Large.

And since spring is here I wanted to get some spring flower pictures. Starting off with flowering trees.

DSC01190 This is called a Juneberry or Serviceberry tree.

DSC01212 I think this one is called a Thornapple.

DSCN1858 This is a Dogwood tree.

Then, of course, I had to get some shots of the Grand River.


And I really liked the bridge here.


And the little wildflowers are fun, too.

DSC01215 Not sure what these are.

DSC01223 I believe these are called Spring Beauties.

DSC01205 This one's kinda blurred, but I think it's a Swamp Buttercup.

Just another fun shot.


Warning!!! The next two pictures feature a snake (oh, and Ichabod). If you don't like snakes, then scroll past the next two quickly.


DSC01224 Skunk cabbage.

DSC01225 Just a picture with reflections in a small swamp.

And, for August, a stump covered in fungus.



Anonymous Amber said...

Oh, those are just beautiful pictures.

I like the Dogwood flower the most.

The ones of the streams/rivers (?) are very nice, too. I just love Springtime in Nature.

Do you know what kind of snake that is? What a very brave man to pick up a wild snake. :)

Very cool.

And, Happy Birthday!

Wed May 03, 09:11:00 PM  
Blogger August95 said...

Haha I love that when you see a stump covered in fungus... you think of me lol.

Also, what a wonderful skunk cabbage. Beautiful example.

Wed May 03, 09:21:00 PM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

hehe, I was going to comment on the Bod of Ich and then I saw that Augie fungus comment.

Wed May 03, 09:50:00 PM  
Blogger Momentarily_Distracted said...

Nice photos! :o)
I like the flower ones.
Very pretty!

Wed May 03, 10:00:00 PM  
Blogger hellokittn said...

**Totally taken aback that Bloggy had nothing to say about the Bod of Ich in all his glory holding his mighty snake by the tail***

Beautiful walk! I owe you a good 30-some spankin's too :P

Wed May 03, 11:25:00 PM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

So, Ich is a snake shaker?

He'll be hearing from the SPCA.

Thu May 04, 04:40:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

Did too have something to say, Chia. :P

Thu May 04, 06:39:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Amber, aren't Dogwood flowers gorgeous? Ichabod knew it wasn't a poisonous snake so he picked it up just so I could get a picture.


August, now that you put it that way, it doesn't sound very nice does it??? :)

Everybody, listen up! August takes the most beautiful pictures of fungus that I've ever seen! Mine usually aren't in focus. I was proud of this one. That skunk cabbage really stood out, all alone like that. Thanks!

Mr B, Ichabod is quite the snake-handler, eh? You know what I mean about August and fungus.

MD, thanks! I love to catch the spring flowers. Their time is so fleeting.

Chia, thanks!

Bucky, a snake shaker? That sounds kinda dirty. After that comment I think it'll be Landover Baptists that he hears from.

Thu May 04, 09:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Danielle said...

I loved the pictures of the flowering trees! I recognized the dogwood flower but never realized that was what those were.

And I'd never heard of spring beauties but what a fitting name.

I really liked the swamp reflections picture too.

And thanks for the warning about the snake, I appreciate it.

What a great birthday walk! It really looked terrific.

Thu May 04, 10:23:00 AM  
Blogger Effie said...



Um--the other pics are lovely--but that one FREAKED ME OUT! He must be your hero!

dkvauz: from the Wheel of Fortune (watched late at night or when their board is acting up!) Dark Vowels....

Thu May 04, 12:36:00 PM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

I do? Oh yeah! She's always saying, "There's a fungus among us." I just assumed she was talking about Bucky. hehe

Thu May 04, 03:46:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Danielle, I love dogwoods, too. There's an area that used to have a lot of them. Then, of course, someone had to build a home there. To their credit, they did leave a few.

And I remembered that you didn't like snake pictures the last time I posted them. :)

It was a lovely birthday walk, thanks!

Effie, Ichabod likes critters. Since that one wasn't poisonous, well, he just helped me out. Should've seen him chasing the little bugger, though. :)

Mr B, um, I'm not so sure that was about Bucky...

Thu May 04, 05:49:00 PM  
Blogger Nina said...

Ich~a~snake, that was really bad, but I just couldn't help it.
I love all your pictures, always do they are just beautiful.
Thanks honey I needed these today! Like you I just love nature.

Thu May 04, 06:11:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Nina, tee hee. You know I love a good (bad?) pun. I'm so glad that you enjoyed the pictures. Thank you and I hope things are going as well as can be for you.

Thu May 04, 07:20:00 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Excellent! I love snakes. :)

My mother tried to sneak some skunk cabbage into our house (stuffed down her shirt) to play a trick on my dad when we lived in Michigan. She tripped on the entryway and it broke in her shirt. It was high-LARIOUS.

Ah, good times. Thanks for bringing back that memory.

Fri May 05, 12:16:00 AM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

Don'tcha know when you hold 'em upside down like that, it makes the blood rush to their little heads?

You have to cradle 'em, like a baby, or a drugged cat.

Fri May 05, 02:46:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

Darn it Sqrrrl, I pick on Bucky and she didn't even notice when she commented. This may require an intervention of sorts.

Fri May 05, 06:40:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Jim, I love the story about your mother and the skunk cabbage. So glad to bring back wonderful memories for you. :)

Bucky, a drugged cat???

Mr B, mebbe she's just too busy to read all the comments these days. Too many drugged cats with which to contend.

Fri May 05, 08:28:00 AM  
Blogger eclectic said...

Non-threathening snakies are kinda cool. We have photos of the kiddos and I holding a huge Burmese python -- she was so heavy it took all three of us to support her weight, probably 6 inches in diameter. I loved all these pictures! Those spring beauties look a little like phlox. I wonder if they're related?

Fri May 05, 11:29:00 AM  
Blogger Von Krankipantzen said...

Very pretty. Even the snake because I wasn't actually there to freak out proper. I love the blossoms in the trees.

Fri May 05, 01:28:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Eclectic, somehow it doesn't surprise me that you would handle a nonpoisonous snake. I have to check to see if phlox are related. Now where's my wildflower book...?


Kranki, snakes aren't so scary when it's only a picture, huh? Glad that you liked the trees in blossom.

Fri May 05, 01:33:00 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

Nice pictures!
I like snakes, except rattlers.

Fri May 05, 01:59:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Sierrabella, thanks! I don't think I'd like rattlers, either.

Fri May 05, 02:09:00 PM  
Blogger tshsmom said...

Those pictures look like my back yard right now. :( Maybe it would look better if we had a cute little bridge?

Fri May 05, 05:43:00 PM  
Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Another set on wonderful pics, Squirl. Thanks.

In my many walks I have encountered numerous snakes. The only one that ever panicked me was a rattler I stepped on in the Arizona desert. Thankfully, I frightened the snake as much as the snake frightened me: he slithered in one direction as I jumped in another.

Fri May 05, 06:42:00 PM  
Blogger JD's Rose said...

You always take pretty pics!

Sat May 06, 05:10:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

tshsmom, sometimes wild is pretty. It sucks when you know you have to clean it up. You're already busy enough. But the bridge would be cute. :)

Nick, thanks! Your story just illustrates how snakes aren't as bad a people make them out to be. I think the symbol of the snake and what it means in different religions.

JDR, thanks! I have to come over and check out how you're doing.

Sat May 06, 09:28:00 AM  

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