Sep 13 2010

Nearly missed IRFD!

Published by at 6:00 am under Books & Events

Yow!  I nearly missed it!  Sunday was International Rock Flipping Day (IRFD) and I almost forgot.  If I didn’t to flip a rock Pittsburgh, PA would go uncounted.

I raced to my backyard, flipped the rock that props up my bird bath, and snapped away with my cellphone camera.  Here are the before and after results.

You’re right.  There is nothing of interest is under that rock.  At least nothing I was able to photograph.  I did see a centipede run away, but that was before my cellphone camera had time to respond.

Undaunted by this lack of success I looked for another likely rock to flip and found the next best thing:  an upside down birdbath I haven’t used in a long time.  I flipped the defunct birdbath with better results, indicated below by the red arrow.

Here’s a closer look at the spider web built at the crook of the tree roots:

Conclusion?  ‘Tis better to flip the old birdbath than the rock that holds up the new one. 

Click here to read more about IRFD (organized by Wanderin’ Weeta) and the news from rock-flippers around the world… or click the links below to read the participating blogs.

(photos by Kate St. John)

4 responses so far

4 Responses to “Nearly missed IRFD!”

  1. barbaraon 13 Sep 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Fun idea. Think I will adopt the idea as a nature hunt next year with my grandchildren. — barbara

  2. Kathyon 13 Sep 2010 at 4:21 pm

    That is so cool! I have one of those upside down bird baths.

  3. Daveon 14 Sep 2010 at 10:46 am

    Glad there was someone representing my favorite city for IRFD!

  4. Bill Parkeron 19 Sep 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Kate –

    Perhaps Rock Flipping Day should be in August. Read about the biggest rock flippers who get their food at It sounds like work but how else do you get 20,000 calories per day without breaking into campsites?


    P.S. Yes, your blog is read regularly on the Olympic Peninsula.

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