Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Rock Flipping Day 2010 Update

IRFD has been slow this year, but I'm not shutting down the list as yet. I've still got a post to do, and others may be in the same boat.

Blogger is acting up, altering the formatting of the list post every time I look at it, and occasionally deleting chunks, so I'm copying it here, to keep it on top, and keep it from getting entirely lost. I hope you haven't been trying to access it without any luck.

The list:
  •  Lynda, at mainlymongoose, starts off the day appropriately with a rock monitor.
    "As I peered into this crevice, diligently hunting for mongoose poop, I was startled to see an eye."
    And claws, too.
  • Kordite uploaded his photos to the Flickr group; he found a startling polka-dot handful, and more. 
  • Bill Murphy at Fertanish Chatter, tells of the long-term results of last year's Rock Flip. What will he start collecting this year? I vote for the red-eyed boxelder bug.
  • Malia, in New York City, finds a green, secluded creek. And sleepy centipedes.
  • Rebecca lives on "an island made entirely of sand". But she found her rocks, anyway. She explains, "'Rip rap' is a technical term for 'chunks of rock.'"
  • Dave Bonta found a poem under his fifth rock.
  • Paul forgot. But it's never too late; he went out with flashlight and camera. Tomorrow he'll post what he found (maybe not under rocks, but in the dark, who's to know?)
  • I was cautious, and flipped early. And late. Riprap on Saturday. Bowl of rocks on Sunday.
  • Kate St. John in Pittsburgh on the relative merits of old vs. new birdbaths.
  • And Dave is back with a full report on those five rocks. And much more, including a veritable orange dragon.
  • Ontario Wanderer logs onto Flickr with a small slug, and a book: Robert Gannon's "What's Under a Rock?" He adds,
    "There is a lot more to see under rocks. Gannon spent 122 pages writing about life under rocks. I have more to learn."
    I've ordered the book; a nice theme book for IRFD, maybe.
  • JayLeigh and her four kids find a thriving community in their own yard in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Fred Schueler is on a fascinating journey*, and in the course of it turned over rocks** in Bev Wigney's new place in Nova Scotia. He sent me a Google document, here, with a detailed description.
    * Must-see blog: Thirty Years Later.
    Biologist/artist team Fred Schueler and Aleta Karstad revisit the landscapes they have traveled over the past 20 to 40 years, checking the condition of ecological communities and populations of plants and animals, some of them now Species At Risk.
    ** Well, bricks, stacked dinner plates, rotten lumber, etc. And some rocks.
  • Rikaja, in Slovakia, was "just walking through the forest, searching rocks and enjoying nature." That's what it's all about.
  • Bev's back was hurting, but her 5-legged spider was worse off. Still game, though, both of them.
  • One more, almost a week late, but who's counting? And there's another one promised, anyhow. So here's Cindy, at Dipper Ranch, with a gopher who can spell, a picky spider, and a cute lizard.
  • Peggy, at Everyday Biology finds nothing under her rocks, but the day was not wasted.
  • Space reserved for the next one.
I'm wondering; do we include Hugh, at Rock, Paper, Lizard? He at least posted a photo of a rock. Unflipped, though. No excuse given. *Hugh presented his good excuse; a sick kid. Priorities!

Any I've missed? Add it in the comments, please.

And feel free to post the list to your own blogs.


  1. Thanks for being the compiler again this year! Some really fine links and photos.

    I couldn't access Fred's Google doc with the link you provided -- I get a 404.

  2. Thanks, Dave. I loaded the document directly to the blog, to solve that problem.

  3. My excuse: Child under the weather, and weather not very good. Stuck at home, watching the rain, thinking of rocks.


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