Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Week end get-away

From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere. Dr. Seuss

I'm on my way to NY to see the PBR
(Professional Bull Riders)
I stay in NJ and always go to the same park.
The Menlo park... to see what I can see. On this
morning it was cold and as I approached the foot bridge
I could see the pond was frozen over.

I may have been cold, but the ducks didn't seem to mind it all.
I just don't know how they can stand in freezing water and doze

Mr. Mallard was telling his Mrs. about the coming snow
and she listened for a minute

Then she tucked her head in and took a nap... He didn't seem to mind.

Out in the middle of the pond an open spot was found by a
bunch of Gulls. They weren't minding the cold and ice either.
They were ducking under, and drinking and splashing

And then someone must have given the alert that wing
formations were being judged so they all gave it a try

They each made quite a display
Lifting the wings high in the air.... 1,2, 3, and hold ...

And now turn sideways and hold ...

Getting tired of the wing display I see this duck was
'wading right in' not even aware that he was different

I leave the pond and go into the park where a stream is
flowing enough that no ice can form..

The first thing I see is a little squirrel sitting perfectly still
and holding his little hands together tight.

As I trudged nearer and nearer he did not even move.
The morning snow was sticking to the top of his head
and on the ends of his bushy tail

When I saw this on the side of a tree, it looked like a
big old bug with legs and even an eye.

I don't know what this bird was, ... do you?

I got very close but he showed me nothing but his butt-side

As I neared the Apartments... I spotted this Red -bellied
woodpecker on a planter and wondered.... why?

Then looking upward I saw a feeder above him and a Titmouse
hanging from it.

and then on the railing a Nuthatch was waiting his turn

The Squirrel had circled around and he said "My gosh, just
go home it's cold as heck out here!"

I did go to the PBR.... and for anyone who is interested:
Lots of Cowboys got bucked off
One fell off backward
One fell forward....

One fell on top of his head.... Good thing he was wearing
that helmet and not just his cowboy hat.

The bull-fighter grabbed the bull by the horns

And some of the cowboys actually stayed on and rode
for their 8 seconds... Winning the round.

To God Be The Glory ~~ Great Things He Hath Done


Ruth's Photo Blog said...

That was such an enjoyable walk through the park,and so much to see.The gulls with their wings stretched upwards are so pretty.But,Oh,I'm just a litle jealous about the PBR.I do hope you enjoyed every minute.It sounds like fun.

jalynn01 said...

Thanks Ruth, and yes the Bull riding was alot of fun and excitement. You can't go there and not enjoy it...that is if you like Cowboys and Bulls! Ditto to both!!

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Craig Glenn said...

Nice series Jalynn! I love the blue in the mallards wing. Hope you had a great time at the PBR.


Bird Girl said...

Oh that poor cowboy falling on his head - OUCH!

You got to enjoy a dose of nature though you were city bound! I think that bird is a sparrow of some kind. And I bet that red-belly was looking for an insect hiding in the planter!
My favorite shot is the squirrel posing on the snag with tiny snowflakes in a flurr! (is that a word - haha)

Marsha said...

I loved this post...action, adventure and an unknown...that appears to be some kind of sparrow.

The rodeo looks fun and I really loved the park photos. The color on the mallard drake's head is just so vibrant green. I also like the one where the duck wandered into the seagulls...reminds me of the sesame street song..."one of these is not like the other".

Such a fun post..thank you for sharing it!

Abraham Lincoln said...

Quite a combination -- bulls and birds.

jalynn01 said...

Marsha: Wish I would have thought of that sesame street song... It's been awhile since I had little ones and watched that stuff. Thanks for all your comments. I so enjoy them!

Yes Abe.... bulls and birds and don't forget Cowboys too. my passions ..kinda crazy.

Thanks everyone for your nice comments!

The Birdlady said...

Loved them - the gulls with wings up are wonderful...poor little squirrel!

Tina said...

Jalynn, What a different combination..birds and bull riding!
Loved your trip thru the park..and know from you pics of the bull riding events you must have had a great time! ouch, on his head..yikes!

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