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Monday, July 09, 2007

The fauna of Ritter Park

Thanks to an expired gas card, the James family kept our July 4 activities uber-local by taking a stroll through the beautiful Ritter Park in Huntington's South Side. While most would associate the park with humans and defecating dogs, there is actually quite a lot of activity going on amongst the animal kingdom in the park. Here is a sample of some of what I saw:

The rose garden is currently being swarmed with some sort of locust/cicada/evil beetle infestation (not sure which, but it is semi-Old Testament, for sure). They are fond of buzzing right by your ears and face, but do not seem keen to land on large mammals. After a couple of minutes, you hardly notice them at all (I did feel bad for the couple who was to be married later in the day in the midst of eleventy-billion of these buggers).

This guy had just eaten a double cheeseburger, so he had to wait 30 minutes before he could join his mallard pals in Four Pole Creek.

Insert your favorite David Letterman joke about a squirrel and his nuts. The squirrels in Ritter Park are about the fattest and tamest critters this side of the Notre Dame campus in South Bend, Indiana. If my kinfolk from Nicholas County saw 'em, they'd be made into gravy in under an hour.

This is probably the fastest turtle in all of the Tri State. He was near the big swing and was haulin' ass to get back to the creek. He remembers what happened to his cousin last year on the 4th when some red necks lit an M 80 up his butt.

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Blogger muzeuterpe1 said...

June bugs (Japanese beetles) are absolutely destroying my roses this year. I just can't keep up with them.

Monday, July 09, 2007  
Blogger Spike Nesmith said...

What an awesomely pissed-off lokking turt! If any animal picture demands a "YA RLY", it's that.

Monday, July 09, 2007  
Blogger Chris James said...

Prolly cause some buttmuch with a low/mid-priced digital camera was gettin' all up his bid'ness.

My guess is some kid took him from the creek to his family pic nic spott without bothering to return him.

Imagine if a giant picked you up and left you in Terra Haute after poking at you with a stick.

Monday, July 09, 2007  
Blogger Jenny said...

Haha, Spike is right... perfect for a caption contest or photoshop battle. :)

Nice pics!

Monday, July 09, 2007  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Those are great pics. Ritter park is the one thing I miss about Huntington!

Monday, July 09, 2007  
Blogger Jelly-Filled said...

Those are great photos . . . especially the one of the rare carnivorous mallard.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007  
Blogger Chris James said...

The meat-eating duck sure beats the squirrels on Gobblers Knob and at Harris Riverfron Park.

The ones on the Knob eat old joint roaches and lil' bags that had smack in them and just lay around all the time.

The critters at Riverfront eat crack foil and attack pit bulls.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007  

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