Comic relief!

2013_08_01_field trip_074Caption anyone?I’ve heard that llamas like to spit and may even spit at you if you get in their space. I’m not sure if that’s true because I’ve never seen it happen. But this did happen in front of me when I was visiting the animals in the FarmPark. Apparently llamas like to roll in the dirt, and I have the picture to prove it. I hope it adds a little humor to your day. If you have a caption to contribute, please add it in the comments.

Thanks for visiting today.
Carolyn aka Skip

Recycling a robin

This morning the big blue recycling truck lumbered down our street, stopping at each house to collect the items placed at the curb for recycling. As a result, my post today involves recycling, but not that kind of recycling. Recently I read a suggestion that struck my fancy. The writer was encouraging photographers to search out and recycle old photos, just to see how creative they could be with some of the old stuff we all have accumulated, but maybe never used…sort of like digging through that junk drawer in your kitchen and discovering treasures you had forgotten.  “Good idea,” I thought.

“With 51,000 photos sitting on my hard drive, that should be easy …and fun.”

So this evening I searched through the backlog of photos on my hard drive, looking specifically for pictures of animals that put a smile on my face. And here you have the first one, a chubby, self-satisfied American robin enjoying her day at the spa. And here is a song you may remember, although probably not, unless you are old enough to remember when Harry Truman was president of the United States (and yes, I am that old).

I hope you like the song because if you are anything like me, it could be rolling around in your head for hours. Did it bring a few good memories to mind? Or maybe it will send you searching through your photographic junk drawer to see what you can come up with. If my “poor little robin, walking to Missouri” sends you searching, I hope you have fun. I did, and I’m planning to recycle another “funny animal”…maybe tomorrow.

See you soon!
Carolyn aka Skip

Amorous tree swallows

Bluebirds can be very tender with their mates, as we saw in my blog post from two days ago, but the love life of tree swallows gives a very different impression…to the camera-toting bystander at least. Tender, sweet, and even dutiful are words I would use to describe the bluebirds…wonderful little birds that they are. If I were to attempt to describe the mating behavior of the tree swallows, I would use very different words. To see what I mean, take a look at this series of pictures I captured today: (Just click the top left picture and scroll through the gallery). I’ll let you use your imagination to “write” the story.

Now that you’ve seen the swallows in action, what do you think? Comments are welcome, but don’t expect me to communicate them to the swallows. I’m just a little afraid of them. I’ve seen them in action, battling the other birds…But that’s a story for a future post.

Thanks for stopping by today.
I hope you enjoyed your visit to the park.

Skip aka Carolyn

This redwing blackbird was the only bird in the bog to discover the cache of birdseed on the tree stump. Call me wacky, but when I put these pictures together on the screen, it looked like he was doing a happy hoedown to celebrate his find.

For the record
  • Great weather today with sunny blue skies and a high temperature of 66 degrees.
  • Exercise: only mediocre! I walked 1.8 miles or 4,007 steps.
  • Because of the fantastic weather, the park was full. Parking spaces were scarce!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Carolyn aka Skip

Daffy-nition: ennui

Ennui-A feeling of listlessness and dissatisfaction brought on by a lack of occupation or excitement.

Some days are like that! I know that I can identify with the feeling…at least on occasion, but did you know that sea gulls could experience ennui? Apparently this gull, perched on a pylon on the East 9th Street pier,* knows what I’m talking about.

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*The 9th Street pier is less than a block from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. Most people visiting the area don’t experience ennui, but gulls apparently aren’t excited by the history of rock and roll!

For the Record
  • Exercise: Not a lot of exercise today. I only walked 3428 steps, approximately 1.6 miles.
  • Weather: A mixed bag! The sun shone most of the day, but the morning temperature was only 43 degrees. It definitely felt more like winter than spring. However, by evening it had soared to an almost balmy 55 degrees. (Occasionally I exaggerate.)
  • Yesterday I was complaining moaning about how tired I am of “grey and gloomy.” But really, is sunny and warm too much to expect? 😉

That’s all for right now. See you soon.

Carolyn aka Skip

Daffy-nitions: Lugubrious

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Have you ever heard anyone say, “That face should be in the dictionary next to the word _________?” Well occasionally, on my walks in the park, I encounter animals that cry out for their very own dictionary daffy-nition. Today I’m nominating Gilligan. During mud season, Gigs wears a snood to keep those fantastic ears from dragging in the mud, but with or without the snood, he is the perfect picture of the word lugubrious, and also the ideal model for today’s blog post. To see Gigs wearing his snood, click here.

Lugubrious: looking or sounding sad and dismal

For the record
  • Today’s weather: Completely overcast, grey, and gloomy.
  • Have I mentioned how tired I am of grey and gloomy? 😦
  • Exercise: None! I was totally uninspired for a photo walk in the park!

That’s all for today. Thanks for stopping by.

Carolyn aka Skip

A determined squirrel!

As I watched through the kitchen window on a recent winter morning, this little squirrel appeared on the scene:

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She discovered a big cake of bird seed on the ground, apparently knocked down by one of the deer that make regular overnight visits to our back yard bird buffet. Being a curious little squirrel…

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…and apparently a hungry one, she began to investigate the seed block from all angles to see if there was a way she could get at the goodies inside the wire cage. It was no small challenge for a young squirrel, but she had something going for her: determination.

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Climbing on top of the wire cage to survey the situation, she began her battle with the wire cage by putting her teeth to work. Unfortunately, although she has sharp little teeth, she still couldn’t reach the seed cake and she couldn’t bite through the wire. Hmmmm…what could she do next?

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She took a little break and thought through the situation. Realizing that she couldn’t reach the good stuff inside the cage while sitting on top of it, she jumped to the ground and renewed the attack from a different angle. Working with her teeth and paws together, she discovered that she could actually lift the cage and shove it around. Her spirits lifted, she carried on.  For an hour or more, she persevered, circling the cage, lifting it up, flipping it over, and pushing it around. I was beginning to admire her persistence and even considered going outside to lend a hand, when finally the lid to the cage popped open and she had access! NOW she could nibble on the end of the seed cake, but there wasn’t enough room for her to squeeze into the cage and enjoy a full meal. She knew she had to somehow get the cake out of the cage. So she rejoined the battle! More circling, flipping, and pushing ensued, and now the teeth and paws really got a workout. Here are some closeups of the action:

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Eventually I ran out of time for documenting the action, but I’m here to report that by the end of the afternoon  the seed cake had been devoured. Determination and perseverance had paid off, and a  small squirrel had won the day! This morning the empty cage lay on the ground with a small squirrel standing nearby, probably wondering how long it was going to be before I put a new seed cake in the cage.

The End!

Skip aka  Carolyn

Mallard Mania

With spring on the horizon (hopefully), the mallards on the bog have gone into courtship mode. They are great entertainment on my daily photowalks. You can see more Mallard Mania here.

Busy days recently. I will try to be more regular in my posts!
Skip aka Carolyn

Dancing Duck

Wondering what was sitting on top of the duck nest in the middle of the bog, I walked a little closer, and this is what I saw, a lady mallard. At first she just seemed to be taking a siesta, but as I watched, she stirred, stood up, stretched, and performed a little dance routine. From the expression on her face, she must have been pretty satisfied with herself! Here’s a little slideshow of Momma Mallard in action:

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Thanks for stopping by today.
Carolyn aka Skip

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