Monday, November 20, 2006

Attumn's Folly


Lemon Lime Moon said...

Little guy posing for his portrait amidst the leaves.
I love this one of course.

Keliata said...

You must of have walked softly and slowing to get this photo without the squirrel scampering off. Telephoto lenses can only do so much. You had to get relatively close.

And such rich colors the leaves are.

Sultan Knish said...

todah lemon :)

Sultan Knish said...

well round here squirrels think, people = food (though not in a maneating lion sorta way) so when you approach they'll look you in the eye, get up on their hind legs and beg, and then go back to what they were doing

there are limits to how close you can come, but overall squirrels have no problem with you being near them, I've had them hop up on the bench I was on just to get a look around

Sara with NO H said...

I wonder what you were dangling over him to get him to stay there. I can never get them to sit still...
I can't wait for some snow to come to see your central park snow shots.

Sultan Knish said...

well dangling hope and a camera, lol

I'll be in central park tommorow IY'H and it may not be snowing but maybe there'll be some shots in it, snow will be the real thing though

I want to see what happens to the waterfall then

Anonymous said...

Picture fits the music too. I love this.

Keliata said...

There's a waterfall in Central Park? Sounds beautiful.

The most beautiful I've seen so far (aside from Niagara Falls)is the three tiered one in Lethworth State Park in Mount Morris.

I stayed with my sister for about a week in Angola, NY, a quasi rural-suburban area near the Cattaraugus County border. I went for a walk near the beach and couldn't believe my eyes when I saw black (not gray) colored sqirrels. I had never seen black squirrels before. I thought they were mutants.

The only critters to venture close to humans in my community are the seagulls. Earlier this year I saw a gull standing in the curb almost starring at a man waiting for a bus. The gull cocked his head to the side. No response from the man.

Then the gull hopped a little close and cocked his head again. Finally, the man said, "I don't have anything for you" and the gull flew away.

I swear that gull knew what the man was saying.

Sultan Knish said...

it's a small modest waterfall relatively speaking, one tier, maybe 20 feet but for the city that's not bad and the area that surrounds it up at around the 100's streets is woodland and you get the feeling there that you really are in the woods upstate

the black squirrels are canadian, they appear sometimes in the city even, you have them in russia too and parts of europe, red too

gulls here are somewhat standoffish, they don't ask people for food, they look down on people as a matter of fact, if you approach they will turn their backs to you, waddle away and take flight as if their departure has nothing to do with you

in manhattan they even avoid each other, closer to the beach they will gather in clumps but ignore each other

the gull though, like a lot of animals would have understood the intonation in his voice as negative, animals can pick that up without understanding the actual words

Keliata said...

The photo of the waterfall is gorgeous. Central Park is an Olmsted park, right? From what I've seen of it on television and in movies it does look like it has wooded areas. It's really incredible in a city that large. I believe the park has a radius of about two miles, if I'm not mistaken.

We have an Olmsted park near the river where I live. At one time, though tiny compared to Central Park, it was more like an orchard and even had a minnow pond. Now the majority of it is taken up by two public swimming pools and an NFL sized football field.

The seagulls around here will dive after every stray french fry they see near Scaquaquada Creek (which I guess from their perspective is adjacent to McDonald's and Tops Supermarket.) That's what made this encounter between the guy at the bus stop and the seagull so interesting.

I noticed something about seagulls though. In the air they look so majestic, their white wing span incredible, they can soar without flapping their wings too much. But on the ground and up close they look kind of goofy looking, diving after the slightest crumb of food.

Sultan Knish said...

central park is most definetly an olmstead park and it's surprisingly large considering it is in the city, the park has a ramble which is a series of trails through forested areas around the lake and further uptown there's a wooden area above the reservoir, it isn't very photogenic but it captures the feeling of being in a forest

I remember being at the acquarium where a sea lion was being rewarded for doing tricks and a seagull would perch there and dive in when the fish was given and steal it away