Sunday, June 25, 2017

Your Sunday Squirrel

Sorry for no recent posts.  Things have been happening and such.  That includes going out and taking pictures of squirrels.  The guys above are from Denny Park.  It's pretty rare to have two squirrels in close proximity without them attacking each other.  These guys were on pretty friendly terms.

I've been spending a fair amount of time up in Snohomish at my parents' place, and they have Douglas squirrels.  Three by my count.  OK, gray squirrels are wacky enough, but Douglas squirrels are really crazy.  They're really small and very territorial.  They fight all the time, even when food is abundant for all.  Yeah, they're crazy, but they're also very small and cute.  They're about half the size of a gray squirrel, about chipmunk-size, but they're not chipmunks.
Finally, this picture isn't mine; it's Beck's.  She likes squirrels, too.  She was in Denny Park recently and found this fellow wandering around.  It's a shot I wish I could have taken.  

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Your Sunday Squirrel

This isn't the greatest photo in the world, but I do like upside down squirrels.  The weird texture on his back is due to the light, plus I was using the zoom, so the resolution goes down.  He was nice enough to hold still, but not nice enough to let me get close.  There will be other upside down squirrels.  I hope they show up sometime soon.

Well, Of Course It Does...

In Snohomish County, this is front-page news.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Your Sunday Squirrel

It's a praying squirrel.  There is a Squirrel-Jesus after all!

A New Place!

Once upon a time, when a new coffee place opened up, there was a feeling to exhaustion, what with all the espresso carts and the proliferation of Starbucks and Tully's and SBCs.  Those days are long gone.  I'm not a coffee drinker, but if anybody wants to open up a cafe, more power to them.  One just opened across the street.  I still haven't been there, because for some strange reason, they don't open till late in the morning.  Anyhow, this place is called Navy Strength and it's located at 2nd & Wall.  They've been working on it for quite and while and it's still not open.  But it might be one day very soon.

UPDATE!  I was totally wrong.  Here are the facts: It's a bar and restaurant, owned by the same folks who run No Anchor next door.  It's open now.  Sorry for the bad reporting.  

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Your Sunday Squirrel

It's finally happened - Denny Park has reopened!  And the squirrels once again have to share the place with humans.  Do they mind?  Who knows?  But it's a great day for those who like to throw peanuts at tree rodents.
Here's an action shot.  Beck likes to have them venture up and take the peanut from her.  The squirrels are really hesitant to do this, but they do it anyway.  

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Your Sunday Squirrel

Here's another shot from last week's visit.  This is Secretive Squirrel.  He doesn't want you to know what he's doing, even though he's totally eating a peanut.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Your Sunday Squirrel

Well, yesterday proved to be a fine day for squirrels at the still-unfinished Denny Park.  We had a steady cast of about four.  And they were very hungry.  And also friendly and quite civil with each other.  Speaking of that, I saw two Douglas squirrels at my parents' house this morning.  They are much smaller than these guys.  They're also a great deal crazier.  Seriously, they seemed really keyed up about something; they were constantly fighting, chirping and flicking their tails.  It's weird to see such a small creature act so aggressively.  But still, they're quite cute.  

More Like This, Please

This is on the side of the former Shilla Restaurant at 8th & Denny.  Yes, technically not in Belltown, but that's unimportant.  If there was just more stuff like this around, I'd feel a lot better about things in general.

So Long, Hurricane

We all knew it was going to happen.  I mean, the Hurricane has been closed for over two years.  It was only a matter of time, right?  Well, now it's gone.  I dunno, I guess the feeling is one of relief that I won't be confronted with another image of a Seattle that has fallen by the wayside.  Don't get me wrong; the Hurricane was far from my favorite place and also, I'm all for progress, but still, it's kind of an ignominious end for the place.  After all, it was once the much-beloved Dog House.  And now it's nothing.  I'm sure that whatever is going up in that spot will have no character at all.  That's the thing - I'm all for progress by progress has no personality or context.  It's just there.  In ten or twenty years, when a national or international financial crisis empties out all these new buildings, that's when we'll start to see character emerge.  But not before then.  So rest in peace, Hurricane.