Wednesday, May 24, 2017
I kind of like the newer thoughts I come up with more than the old. The new thoughts and adventures are exciting and fun. The old ones are fun, but they've lost their excitement. Still, these old pictures are new to many of you. And nobody has seen some of these before.
Okay, that was a lot of pictures, and maybe more words than I realize. So I think I'll end it with that. Let's see if I have something new for you next time. I'm not sure what's going to happen yet. That's what makes it exciting. I'll talk to you later.
Sunday, May 14, 2017
I'm trying out a different way of doing things with my post this time. I have lots more pictures and I spread out the writing a bit. Let me know how you like it compared to my usual way. I may try both in the future.
I hope you liked this look at these older animals and the little update about some new stuff. I don't usually like posting this many pictures, but all of these seemed good. And the difference was kind of fun. I'll talk to you later.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
I knew what this bird above was at one time, but I'm just too lazy right now to find out again. the real point is that it's kind of nice to look at. I really like the yellow. The darkness on the left edge of the picture is the edge of a sign post.
After years of trying every exercise I could find and constantly complaining to the doctor, I think I finally figured it out. It was as simple as raking my yard. Doing that one activity seems to have worked the exact muscles that I needed. I've just started, but I'm really convinced that this one thing can get me better.
So now, even though I can't take my dog with me, I'm going to be back to exploring nature just like I always have before. I think that will also rekindle my excitement for all things about nature. There's so much to explore around here. I hope to get out there again soon. I'll talk to you later.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
The bird you see above is called a Myrtle Warbler. It's not the best picture of it, but it's the only one I have. And this is the only time I ever saw one of these birds. I didn't know what this bird was for awhile. And a search turned up nothing. Finally, my blogging friend Sharkbytes identified it for me. You can find a better picture she took here.
I still like them though because rain always cleans the dam and they don't fill that nature park too much with their droppings. My friends the geese. They love what they do.
visit her blog when you're done here.
I tried to add one more picture for you, but blogger just wasn't cooperating anymore, so I guess it's time to stop. That's about as random as it gets. I'll talk to you later.
Thursday, April 6, 2017
The first thing I want to say about it is that these are my own personal observations about squirrels in my old area in Michigan. It may be different for other squirrels in other places and environments, even though they seem about the same here in Iowa. The squirrels I encounter are all forest dwellers, so they're a little wilder than a typical neighborhood squirrel. So let's see what I've noticed about each of them!
I'll start with the fox squirrels. These are the most abundant squirrels in my area. I grew up with them in my neighborhoods, and they were also there in the forests I visited. I think the fox squirrels are the most outgoing of all the squirrels I've seen. They're not afraid to approach a human. And they will even seem to try to interact with me a little bit when they are brave enough to come close.
They seem very friendly, but they are feisty too so they can have a temper. They're not at all afraid to show their anger at a person, chattering away as if they're yelling angrily at you. They're also not quick to run away. They are perfectly willing to challenge any human if they feel the need.
I soon began to see more of these gray squirrels. They seem a little more afraid of humans than the fox squirrels. That may be because they were not as numerous there as the fox squirrels are. I usually only caught glimpses of them in the thick bushes and trees. When they came out, they maintained a distance from me. The picture above is the best one for these grays that I have so far. He ran away soon after.
Black squirrels there in the forest were very wary of humans. I almost never saw them up close. The ones I saw in my neighborhood were a little more outgoing. The forest blacks behave very similarly to the grays. The only difference is that there are too many black squirrels to stay hidden for long. They don't like to approach humans, and they run away to hide if they would see me watching them, even from a distance. These squirrels don't like to be alone though. Usually, if I see one black squirrel, there are more very near.
Red squirrels seem to be very solitary little creatures. I never see more than one at a time. All the others can be found together in groups at times. These reds also seem to be the most curious. They scare very easily though. They will run and hide, but soon you will see the squirrel pop its head out to look at you. Sometimes they will even come back to get a look before scurrying off again. This behavior seems to match chipmunks more than the other types of squirrel.
The only other type of squirrel I've heard of in places where I've lived is the flying squirrel. I have never seen one of them because they are nocturnal. One of those would be a wonderful sight to see though. Wouldn't it be great to see a squirrel gliding through the air?
This is my general observation on the species of squirrels I've encountered. I'm sure I could come up with more, but this probably covers it the best in blogging length. And like I said before, their behavior may be radically different where you live. Different environments can influence any animal's behavior. How do the squirrels behave where you live?
Thanks to everyone who has ever asked about squirrels. Those comments have always been much appreciated. I'll leave you today with a photo of a very curious, but wary, little red squirrel.
|Th-th-th-that's all folks!|
Thursday, March 30, 2017
You might even live within a mile or two of these little guys and you'd never know they exist. They live in small communities and never seem to venture far from them. So far I've found them in exactly two places. I know there are more, but that's my personal experience.
I'll tell you that these dark little squirrels seem so mysterious just from their appearance. It's just that I never imagined that black squirrels existed until what is now many years ago when I finally saw my first one. I was just so amazed and excited to see that dark little figure running around my new neighborhood so long ago.
That place has all of the major types of squirrels I've seen. And they are not afraid of humans even a little. When the squirrels saw me get out of my truck several of them came running up to greet me. I thought it was kind of creepy so I got back in the truck.
I was still able to get many excellent squirrel pictures. But I insisted on keeping my distance. I just don't think wild animals should be that comfortable with humans. I don't think it's good for them. Maybe I'm mistaken. I guess dogs were wild at one time too. Now they're our best friends. Who knows? Maybe one day we'll all have our own pet squirrels. I'll talk to you later.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
If you take a very close look just above his eyes you can see that the hair is just a little more gray than other fox squirrels might be. The rest of his fur also seems to be tinged with a little gray. His face has a bit of a weathered look that you might also find in very old human males.
Oh wait, I think he sees me! Hey there little guy...
"Hey there, you kid! Get off my lawn! ...Ah, wait a minute. Did I ever tell you about the time me and my brother took on five, no six, yup six other squirrels? They got too close to our tree and started running their mouths. I knocked out every last one of them, and my brother threw them in the ditch. It was one of the best times..."
Good old Freeman. I could listen to his stories for hours, but right now it's time to go. I'll talk to you later.
"Hey, you youngsters! Wash your ears or potatoes will start to grow from them!"
Thursday, March 16, 2017
The geese would take turns honking at the poor little creature. Each one would move in close, then the little furry critter would let out a squeal and the lead goose would move back away. The geese all looked at the little animal with great envy, but the poor determined little creature held its ground. I wondered what the fuss was all about, so I moved in for a closer look.
The geese only wanted their share of the yummy cornbread. But the greedy little squirrel was hoarding it, and he just wouldn't share.
But even though the squirrel was determined to steal all of the cornbread for himself, he knew when he was defeated. All of those geese, and now a rat suited human were all too much to defend his prize against. So the cute little squirrel grabbed up as much of his prize as he could and prepared to run.
Friday, March 10, 2017
This new adventure didn't happen a long time ago in a nature park far far away. This one was just maybe a week or two ago right around here somewhere. These mushrooms are that kind that grow on the sides of trees. In this case these mushrooms are growing on a bunch of the firewood stacked up out back.
These particular mushrooms are destined to burn up in a fiery inferno in one of two wood stoves. The only real question is, which one? We may never find out until the winter of next year. This one seems to be growing short.
Maybe it would help if I could wake up really early and find a bird perched on top of one of these wood piles. Or maybe I should get back in touch with the neighborhood squirrels. Making friends with the local squirrels always seems to help the nature deficient.
Now I'll have to decide what I'm going to do next. Maybe I'll sit out back waiting for the squirrels. I like squirrels.
I'll talk to you later.
Saturday, March 4, 2017
As I looked closer that glow seemed to be coming from a tree stump. In fact, the glow was not one solid glow, but several orange glows. I wondered what it could be, but it was really too far for me to figure it out by myself. I used my camera to try and find out, and the picture above is the result. I still couldn't figure it out at the time though.
Usually in the movies when a guy who is all alone in the forest decides to get a closer look at a strange far off glow it doesn't end well for him. That's how it is in the movies I've seen anyway. What would usually happen is that he would find out that it was an evil skin eating alien from Uranus, or something or other like that.
That first person began to turn into a mushroom creature. The rest of them locked themselves in their space ship for awhile but eventually ventured out again. You know what happens in a movie like that. Each of them one by one decided to sample the mushrooms for themselves, don't ask me why, and turned into mushroom creatures.
Finally the last guy was left. He was the narrator of the movie. He resisted for a very long time. Too long in a bad movie that was done being entertaining long ago. Finally he succumbed to hunger. The last line the narrator spoke was, "I ate them!!!" Then they showed his face. He was a mushroom creature.
But sometimes it doesn't hurt to get a closer look at something. Chances are it won't be a soul sucking alien from Crapton 7. As long as you look but don't touch you should be just fine. And watch where you step too! There was poison ivy where I was when I saw these mushrooms. And remember that snakes could be lurking near too.
They are kind of beautiful though, aren't they? I wonder how they taste.
I'll talk to you later.