Penelope drying off after a bath. The cuteness, it is so epic.
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Are You Smart Enough To Guess This One Weird Fact That Will Change The Way You Think About Our Hedgehog Blog Forever?
Sorry, we read on the internet that using hyperbole, including questions, and referring directly to the reader are ways to get read, so we were trying it out. Look, it worked on you.
So, can you guess what amazing things been going on lately? Oh, sorry, doing it again…
Anyway, we now have our own domain – http://princesspricklepants.com
You might have noticed fewer things going on the blog lately. Princess has been a little grumpy lately. Many pictures look something like:
That’s her “I would like to stab you” look.
She warmed up a little tonight:
Then fell asleep on me:
Princess Sophie took a selfie with me and both princesses in it. Princess Sophie’s selfie is very fragmentary.
Then Princess Pricklepants fell asleep on my shoulder.
Oh, hey, the new domain also means that we have some fancy email addreses:
One for Princess Pricklpants:
theprincess at princesspricklepants.com
One for Haley:
fancy at princesspricklepants.com
One for the old guy:
sirsandwich at princesspricklepants.com
One for Sir Maxwell:
sirmaxwell at princesspricklepants.com
And one for Princess Sophie
princesssophie at princesspricklepants.com
So there’s that.
Penelope Pricklepants Plays at the Park
On Sunday one of our readers, Megan, called to see if we wanted to meet at Zilker Park to visit Barton Creek Trail. Well, when half your readers want to meet up, it’s hard to say no. As it turns out, the other half of our readership was also able to join us too, more about that later! So we took Princess for an outing to the park to see a really nice trail.
Once we arrived, we let Princess take a walk in the park. She loved it. This is what her loving taking a walk in the park looks like head on.
And this is what her loving taking a walk in the park looks like from above.
Since we were playing with a hedgehog in a busy park, people noticed. Mostly little people. We introduced Princess Pricklepants to potential readers. She was pleased to meet them.
“That’s princesspricklepants.com, yes, um, we registered a domain for our pet… No, I mean, no it’s, it’s normal… Really, people do this all the time… No, I’m not from a different country… Well, no, but I just think it’s normal for me.”
Here is Megan’s little one Bridget, also known as BB, but who we will call Fred, saying hi to Princess. Hi Fred!
Here’s Ron below, Megan’s very precocious progeny with Princess Pricklepants. He explained to me that he is a mercenary who would work for good food. We talked about owls a lot.
Also, if you look carefully at the photo below, you’ll see that there are actually two people in the photo. The person in the back is the kind and gentle Swarley, another reader who came along. Swarley is Princess Sophie’s pal and the other half of our readership. She is also awesome. Hi Swarley! Hi Ron!
We packed Princess in a personal Princess pack, and proceeded to port her on our peregrination on the path in the park.
Editor’s note: Actually we put Princess in a ‘baby sling’ fashioned from a long scarf. Perhaps we should purchase a purse in Purple Punch from Vera Bradley, for the potential purpose of private princess portage in a personal pack.
It was very lovely.
Editor again: What was lovely? The purse, the path, the park?
It was all very lovely.
There were coots and gadwalls in the creek. I explained to someone that coots were not ducks, but a kind of rail, with a very interesting foot adaption that I couldn’t go into much detail about since they walked away. And the gadwalls, well those are one of my favorite ducks. From a distance they look rather plain, but up close their plumage is fantastic. Here’s a gadwall dabbling.
I took a lot of pictures of coots and gadwalls, also some cormorants, and a few other birds. But this isn’t a bird watching blog, it’s a hedgehog blog. So we’ll leave it at that.
We wandered and talked about things, and looked at lovely things, and went over a precarious bridge, and sat on a bench and took photos that didn’t come out. We also saw fish and turtles, and I never said I wouldn’t post more pictures of those, so look, isn’t this painted turtle lovely?
That’s really what it looks like – no Photoshopping. The water in the creek has a really lovely hue due to the lighting, the light limestone creek bed, and probably some algae too. We eventually finished our walk, and hung out in the park.
We took out Princess P. P., who had been really patient, and let Fred and everyone visit with Princess. Fred was pleased to pet Princess Pricklepants.
So pleased that she pet Princess repeatedly.
We set up a small circle to let Princess play in the park. She tubed. It’s what a hedgehog does.
We set up a picnic for her.
She preferred tubing.
Princess played with Megan and was pleased to play with one of her fans.
Megan and Fred both seemed to have a warm spot in their hearts for the pygmy hedgehog.
And there was much holding.
Then something really exiting happened that forces me to briefly return to the topic of birds, because it was so cool! We (Editor’s note: he) spotted Monk Parakeets flying in nearby. Monk Parakeets are a species of parrot that can live in much colder climates than most, so there’s a breeding population in Austin. We (Editor’s note: he) could easily spill a few hundred words about may things related to Monk Parakeets, but will spare you.
Here’s one in a tree eating seeds:
Here are a pair grazing. Who knew parrots ate grass?
And here is one doing a precarious looking flyover. Fear not, there was no parrot poop pelting photographers.
After that we got dinner, which was very good. Thanks to Megan and Swarley, it was pure pleasure to have plentiful Princess pals present in one place.
A Florid Adventure
The internet is full of cute photos of hedgehogs with flowers. I found one years ago and thought, “oh, what a cute photo of a hedgehog with a flower.” Here it is:
I made it my AOL Instant Messenger icon. This was many years ago. I cropped it some so it was mostly the little face and flower. You don’t need to know all these details. It was the beginning of me wanting a hedgehog, though. Interestingly Princess Pricklepants does bear a striking resemblance to that mystery flower-bearing hedgehog of yore.
Anyway, we were excited to have the opportunity to take pictures of our hedgehog with a flower. I was, anyway. Ideally we’d get a picture with a little yellow dandelion stuck behind her ear, with her standing in a cute little pose. Perhaps I could use it as my Facebook icon for a while…
She wasn’t feeling cooperative.
Princess Sophie’s help didn’t exactly help.
We tried adding in a toy truck so it would be more fun.
She didn’t find it fun. On the plus side, we got a flower behind her ear.
Soon thereafter she assaulted the truck.
OK, no truck, just heap the flowers, and put her near them? Still not a happy camper.
How can a hedgie be so grumpy about flowers?
Somehow shoving flowers in her face was considered an affront.
She definitely did not like this.
She worked on an escape plan.
Her escape plans got more elaborate.
Then she taunted us by posing with a flower under her face. She stood half off the green cloth to ensure my inner picky photo critic would be extra annoyed.
Posing near a pile, would that do? With bad lighting that’s way too warm and the whites partly blown out by the exposure?
Finally we got this one. It’s not the hedgehog with a flower behind its ear that got us started on this quest, but it was late, and it was close enough. Fine.
Photos of hedgehogs with flowers behind their ears are really kind of overrated.
A Few Recent Photos of Note
We were visiting our friend Victoria recently, and so of course I had to wander away from people and lie on my stomach to take photos of the hedgehog walking around. I have the mad social skillz.
Lava lamp, your green grooveadelic globs are so far out, can you dig it? Visiting our fried Victoria with her groovy lamp was a gas.
I propose that Jan. 30 should be Talk Like David Bowie Day. We could all say things like, “crazy, man,” end sentences with “you know,” use “far out” a lot. Let me know if you are in, man, it could be such a crazy scene, you know? Dig that poll below the photos.
ISO 1600, f/4, 1/50 – kit lens so f4 was as open as it got.
ISO 1600, f/4, 1/50
Some Bowie inspiration, man.
Hedgie Christmas Presents
Princess got a new toy dump truck, a stuffed hedgie friend, a lovely Christmas outfit (to be modeled soon), a new hat and scarf. Her favorite toys – wrapping paper, bows, and a toilet paper tube. Next year we can just wrap a tiolet paper tube and give it to her.
Munching on ribbon:
And playing in wrapping paper.
And The Hedgehog Pushes Us Over Half a Million Views
We use Flickr to post photos, been using it for a good while to post family photos and nature photography. Our photo stream is here:
On Flickr there’s a thing called being Explored – out of the millions of photos a day that are uploaded, 500 are selected as the most “interesting” (not good exactly, interesting), based on peoples responses to them. Here are the photos we’ve had explored:
We were hanging out in the 490,000 area when we started posting hedgie photos. Two of them got explored and got around 20,000 views each, and brought a bunch more views to the whole photo stream that pushed us over the 500,000 mark.
The Hedgehog pushes it to half a million. Half a million views on flickr and $5 will get you a cup of coffee at Starbucks.
On an unrelated note, this is the first photo we got explored:
And this is our most viewed ever (66,000 views), which made it to #1 in Explore.
Mouse Raiding the Bird Feeder: