Squirl's Nest

Sunday, May 25, 2008

A nice day for a walk

Ichabod and I decided to go for a walk today. Usually when I post pictures of the river it's from an area where I need to drive in order to get there. This spot is easy walking distance.

We started off walking down the railroad tracks. Then we had to go down a sharp slope with lots of loose rocks. We both made it down without hurting ourselves. This is when I started taking pictures. Here's the entire set. I promise I won't post that many pictures here.

There's a willow that looks like it tipped over and one of the branches turned into the main trunk.

After I took that one Ichabod volunteered to stand on it too show the actual size. He's really good about letting me take his picture.
This one looks really cool in the Large version if you want to click on it and choose All Sizes.




Honeysuckle with the train bridge behind it.


I like this one of the boat in the large size.

There were a lot of people out walking dogs today, too.

This little guy was pretty patient.

He was waiting for his friend to stand still long enough so I could get her picture.


I really like the trunk on this willow.

More cool, twisted wood. This one also looks better in the large size.

Quite a few folks out on bikes today.

The highlight of the trip for me, though, was getting shots of a Scarlet Tanager. I'm not sure I've ever even seen one before.

Most of them were blurred, but a couple were sharp enough to get these crops.


And, of course, it wouldn't be the river without boats and water.



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Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

*is too bashful to compare sizes with tree trunks and is afraid someone will ask "Got wood?"

Sqrrrrl, ever see Station Agent? It would be very good timing this weekend to see that one if not.

*still sorta giggles at people wrapped like candy bars in those brightly colored "biker clothes* but avoids any jokes about caramel and nuts*

Sun May 25, 06:26:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Mr B, no, I haven't seen Station Agent. I looked it up. The main character, Peter Dinklage, was in Death at a Funeral.

I hadn't thought about bikers being wrapped like candy bars. That, and the wood joke, have me chuckling.

Sun May 25, 09:36:00 PM  
Blogger Jenski said...

Those pictures are so, well, green! The Scarlet Tanager is great too - aren't they pretty rare?

Sun May 25, 10:32:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Jenski, thanks! We haven't had much rain this month but it's been quite cool. That would probably explain all that green. I don't know how rare the tanagers are, but I don't think I've ever seen one.

Mon May 26, 07:59:00 AM  
Blogger here today, gone tomorrow said...

Beautiful, beautiful photos...my kind of walk.

Mon May 26, 08:36:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Thanks,htgt! Wish you could've been there. You'd have liked it.

Mon May 26, 09:51:00 AM  
Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Lovely, Squirl! Thanks for allowing me to accompany you and Ichabod.

Those photographs rather remind me on Shawnee Park in Louisville. Of course, one must know the “secret” paths to get from the manicured park through the wooded area to the bank of the Ohio River. I used to know those paths 40 years ago. I wonder if they still exist.

Mon May 26, 10:20:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Nick, I'm glad you enjoyed it. You know, I think Ichabod and I went to Shawnee Park once. It was quite a few years ago. We were visiting relatives on the way down to Mammoth Cave. It's pretty down by the river there.

Mon May 26, 02:04:00 PM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

*glad he made the naughty jokes before Bucky*

Mon May 26, 02:30:00 PM  
Blogger chia said...

*utterly amazed that Bloggy got in the dirty joke before Bucky*

Mon May 26, 03:36:00 PM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

I'm shawked that y'all think I would make a dirty joke on my sister's blog.

I would never think of pointing out the proportionately enormous genitalia on the Scarlet Tanager. Never.

Mon May 26, 03:57:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Mr B, you beat her fair and square.

Chia, something about the early bird...

Bucky, it's no wonder that one bird is hiding its head behind the leaf and the other one wouldn't face the camera.


Mon May 26, 04:06:00 PM  
Blogger Ern said...

It's still so green there! Our green has gotten all brown by now.

Mon May 26, 10:30:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Ern, it's been so cool that nothing has been able to turn brown yet. There hasn't been much rain, but I guess the cooler temps have kept everything from drying out.

Tue May 27, 07:37:00 AM  
Blogger tweetey30 said...

Beautiful photo's. I have some I need to get posted. I have two beautiful sunsets.

Tue May 27, 12:36:00 PM  
Blogger eclectic said...

How cool!! I don't know that I've ever seen a scarlet tanager in real life -- what great luck you got some shots!

Isn't nice that Ichabod is willing to let you use him to show that size matters? Especially when we're talking about wood.

Tue May 27, 01:48:00 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

It looks like it was a very pretty walk.

I like the wooden bridge going to the willow the best. Makes me want to jump into the picture and experience it myself. :-)

Wed May 28, 01:23:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Tweety,, thanks! I'll have to check your site for your pictures.

E, I was really lucky to get those shots. And, yes, Ichabod is a very good sport showing me how size matters in matters of wood.

Danielle, it was pretty. I've liked that bridge ever since they built it. I'm glad they didn't take down all the old gorgeous trees, like that willow, when they cleared that area a few years ago.

Wed May 28, 08:23:00 PM  
Blogger tshsmom said...

I totally understand your excitement over the Tanager! We have an Indigo Bunting in our feeder...for the first time...EVER!

Your foliage is about a week ahead of us. Our area is just now starting to look like your pictures.

Sun Jun 01, 11:57:00 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Thanks much for taking us along on your adventure. Your photos are great and I especially loved the gnarled tree trunks.


Wed Jun 04, 11:44:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

tshsmom, I love the buntings, they're so beautiful. With all of this rain you guys should be really green by now. Except, though, where you might be muddy. :-)

Laurie, hi! I'm so glad you came over and enjoyed the pictures. I've had fun following your walks, too. Hugs back at you.

Thu Jun 05, 01:39:00 PM  
Blogger Nina said...

Beautiful shots, the red bird is awe-inspiring.

Thu Jun 05, 11:19:00 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

You guys seriously need to consider geocaching. It'll get you out to all kinds of cool places you didn't even know were there.

Fri Jun 06, 04:49:00 PM  
Blogger von Krankipantzen said...

Everything looks so lush. That green and lovely not drunk and sloppy.

Sat Jun 07, 04:09:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Nina, thanks! So nice to see you here.

Courtney, it does sound like fun, but I don't know if I could stick with it long enough. It's fun to read about your trips, though.

Kranki, it was lush. And I didn't see any empty booze bottles arounds.

Sun Jun 08, 07:25:00 PM  

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