Squirl's Nest

Thursday, August 24, 2006

I blog because I must

My sister, Bucky, promised to taunt me if I didn't put up another post. And she did. So here are some pictures I've been taking and haven't posted yet.

There are leopard frogs out in one of the spots where I like to look at nature. Here's one of the little buggers.


Then, a couple of weeks ago, Ichabod and I took a nice long walk down to John Ball Park Zoo. There were a lot of geese there. Some of them had to do the big wing flap, occasionally, which cracked me up. Most of my pictures were blurred as I never knew which goose was going to do it next. Here are the best ones I could get.


And it appears that the geese and ducks can peacefully coexist.


And this was my John Ball Park WTF picture.


Now I'm going to subject you to random flower pictures.


Most of these look better when you click on them and choose All Sizes in Flickr. :)


Blogger eclectic said...

Oh no you don't... I'm not fallin' for it again. That li'l froggie's a statue, isn't he? And those animated geese and ducks? Yeah, TOTALLY fake -- I spotted it a mile off. I'm not even gonna start with the silk flowers...

**scuttling away, giggling**

Thu Aug 24, 07:17:00 PM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

"There are leopard frogs out in one of the spots..."

Intentional pun?

And WTF is right with the swan ride. If I come for a visit, can we go out on that? Huh? Huh? Can we?

Thu Aug 24, 07:18:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Eclectic, I am laughing right this second. That's a good'un.

Bucky, no, pun absolutlely not intended. Thanks for pointing it out.

We can go for a swan ride if the weather is good. Those stupid things are $5 for 15 minutes. I didn't even know until I just now went to find their link. :)

Thu Aug 24, 07:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Danielle said...

I love the geese series. Your amusement at it, made it fun for me too.

The frog was almost too perfect. I agree with eclectic - it must be a statue. You can't pull this over on me.

The flowers are lovely. Do you know what they all are? It would be fun to have them labeled. I was particularly intrigued by the ruffly ones. They look so unusual.

Thu Aug 24, 07:48:00 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

The random flower pictures are awesome!

Thu Aug 24, 07:53:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Danielle, I have a few more frog pictures, but aside from being in different places, with more grass around, they're pretty much the same.

The flowers: the first one is a dahlia, the second is a begonia, the fourth one is of rosebuds from a bush that's called Playboy. I think the frilly ones are some kind of dianthus. Don't quote me, but I think they are. My friend, whose garden I use, said they were given to her. She was just told, "you'll like them". So, I can only guess at what they really are, except pretty. :)

Thu Aug 24, 07:53:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Oops, Lynn, I missed you while I was posting. Welcome! I think you came over from my sister's site.

Thanks! I shamelessy promote my photography here even though I'm still a novice. :)

Thu Aug 24, 07:57:00 PM  
Blogger SoozieQ said...

Ahhhh, thank you! These pictures are so much better than the spider one(s).


No nightmares for tonight!

Thu Aug 24, 08:02:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Soozie, you know, when I hadn't updated I hadn't thought about people still having to see the spider pictures. Glad you're enjoying the flower pictures better.

Sweet dreams! :)

Thu Aug 24, 08:07:00 PM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

*wants to see footage of Eeeclectic in scuttle mode*

Thu Aug 24, 09:43:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Yes, Mr B, I think that would be interesting, too. ;)

Fri Aug 25, 09:17:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

*wonders if she'd have a little SRV playing in the background*

Fri Aug 25, 09:19:00 AM  
Blogger LadyBug said...

Is that flower black and white, with pink in it? I've never seen one like that.

And that frog is SO COOL! I've never seen one so spotty and pretty. (Still don't wanna touch it, though. Blech.)

Fri Aug 25, 10:07:00 AM  
Blogger Bone Machine said...

We have a boatload of geese that hang out at the lake in front of the workplace. They flew overhead this morning as I staggered in the building while I was thinking "Don't shit on me."

Fri Aug 25, 10:44:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Hahahahahaha, took me a second, but I got the musical reference, Mr B.

Ladybug, it's actually a red that's so dark it almost looks black. It's really beautiful.
And, as cute as I think that frog is, I wouldn't touch it.

Bone, I always think that when a bunch of birds fly overhead. Ichabod tells me that birds are involuntary shitters. Sometimes it seems premeditated, though. Did you ever hear the story about when Bucky got bombarded?

Fri Aug 25, 02:22:00 PM  
Blogger judypatooote said...

Nice bunch of pictures....I'm glad Bunky got on you and insisted that you post......through you I can see GrandRapids Mi., remember that's where my daughter Lori lives...and she never sends me pictures.....lol

Fri Aug 25, 06:59:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Hi Judy, thanks! I won't be posting Grand Rapids pictures too much longer, though. We're moving to the lakeshore next month.

Fri Aug 25, 07:19:00 PM  
Blogger eclectic said...

Stevie Ray can hangout while I scuttle if it makes Bloggy happy. Oops, never mind. I'm all done scuttling. For now.

Fri Aug 25, 07:28:00 PM  
Blogger tshsmom said...

I love geese; they have so much personality! That wing flapping thing can HURT though. :(

Fri Aug 25, 08:24:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

All done scuttling for now, huh, Eclectic? Maybe I'll play some Stevie Ray anyway.

tshshmom, geese make me a little nervous ever since one came after me. Good thing I had a snow shovel in my car at the time. :)

Fri Aug 25, 08:32:00 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Although all your photos are wonderful, I love your 'WTF' photo! I love that angle and the subject matter (I've always had a 'thing' for swans).

I loved Leopard Frogs - we used to have them in New York where I grew up, but they weren't green like yours...ours were sort of mossy-brown.

Sat Aug 26, 09:10:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

I wanna have Skittles with my scuttles.

Sat Aug 26, 09:19:00 AM  
Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Wow, Squirl, again wonderful pictures more than worth publishing! You need to be a freelance photographer for National Geographic.

Sat Aug 26, 03:55:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Jim, tee hee, isn't that a funny picture. Actually, I see swans on a fairly regular basis, but they're too far away for me to get a good picture. We have some frogs that are really, really green with yellow circles on their cheeks. I had some pictures of them up last year. Never got over there with my camera again.

Mr B, will the Red Hots get jealous if you eat Skittles?

Nick, thanks, you're very flattering. All I know is that I love taking pictures and never want to quit. :)

Sat Aug 26, 06:04:00 PM  
Blogger Von Krankipantzen said...

That frog is pretty cool. Never seen anything like them before. And I have geese near where I live too. I like 'em!

Sat Aug 26, 07:28:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Thanks, Kranki, they blend in so well it's almost hard to see them. I nearly stepped on a number of them.

I'm glad you like those geese as they're Canadian geese. :)

Sat Aug 26, 09:23:00 PM  
Blogger Ern said...

It really HAD been a long time since you posted! Good thing Bucky taunts you, otherwise we wouldn't get to see your pictures!

Mon Aug 28, 01:34:00 AM  
Blogger Ern said...

Oh, and the spots on the leopard frogs look like coffee beans.

Mon Aug 28, 01:35:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Ern, I'm glad that you're not getting tired of my pictures. Even when I have a story to go along with them I still feel as if I've turned this into a photoblog.

I have a new set of photos I just took last weekend of manhole covers around downtown. Then there's another idea I have but that'll only be two or three pictures.

And those spots really do stick out. Thanks for the coffee bean idea, I couldn't think what they reminded me of. :)

Mon Aug 28, 10:23:00 AM  
Blogger Effie said...


I love your little froggie--almost invisible in the pic! And the rosebud is just gorgeous!

Oooh--and I heard mention made of Skittles....mmmm

Mon Aug 28, 12:57:00 PM  
Blogger Nina said...

At first,I thought the frog is my favorite picture. That was before I scrolled down and saw the others. They are all my favorites. You always get the best pictures, I love them. Then well Eclectic had me laughing. :)

Mon Aug 28, 09:48:00 PM  
Blogger hellokittn said...

*Scanning for man-holes*

*tee, hee*

*scuttlin' like an EEEEEclectic*

Sorry, tired, have been trying to come up with something witty to comment with for like forever. I got nothin' :-).

Tue Aug 29, 12:33:00 AM  
Blogger oopseedaisee said...

What a cute little frog! I wonder if he would like a ride on the swans?
Great photos, as usual!

Tue Aug 29, 01:03:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Effie, lol, rosebud.

Those frogs are really pretty cool. And I love those roses. Thanks!

Nina, you are so sweet, thanks! And Eclectic usually keeps us laughing, doesn't she?

Kittn, mebbe you and Jim should go out scanning for man-holes together or, um, something...
You just try scuttling out of here, see how far it gets ya. :)

Oopseedaisee, I wonder just how the frog would handle a swan ride? Thanks!

Tue Aug 29, 01:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Amber said...

Ok, I could have swore I commented on the frog and flowers and pretty pictures and the geese, but I guess not.

Boy am I flakey!




I really like that cool frog. It most certainly reminds me of a leopard.

Also, the black ruffly one is so neat. It reminds me of a very ruffly dress whit a white hem. I so want to wear it.

Thu Aug 31, 11:53:00 AM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

See how nice I am with no taunting whatsoever?

Thu Aug 31, 01:47:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Amber, oh, I hate that when I'm sure I've commented but I come back to find that it's not there! Thanks!

Bucky, okay, but you get pictures again.

Thu Aug 31, 07:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Sun said...

I come to find a picture of the frog that I took a picture of on Saturday and the Grin Fest's pond. HMMM...something fishy going on here....just too friggin weird Squirl.

Fri Sep 01, 12:36:00 PM  
Anonymous sun said...

o ...to see my frog pic...check your email girl...

Fri Sep 01, 12:37:00 PM  

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