Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Watery Wednesday Great Falls

On Sunday, hubby and I took a walk along the C&O canal and to see the Great Falls on the Potomac. The Great Falls is a National Park and there are overlooks on both  the Maryland and the Virginia sides of the Potomac River.We also found a loop trail along the river where you can watch the heron rookery. I was surprised the herons are already busy at their nest. Their must have been a hundred or more different kinds of ducks on the Potomac. There were right in the middle of the river and it was too hard to id any of them.



Ducks on the Potomac and a view of the Virginia side of the Great Falls and the Potomac River



A far away shot of the Heron Rookery on the shores of the Potomac



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Thanks to 2sweetnsaxy for hosting this fun meme and thanks for stopping by my watery post.

41 comments:

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I would love to see a Heron rookery,they look interesting.The river walk looks lovely.
Blessings,Ruth

Bob Bushell said...

That is a big water passing by you and husband.

Michael said...

Looks like a great place for the river birds.

Johnny Nutcase said...

heron rookeries are really neat! I'm so bad with duck identification, especially if they're far away. Looks like a fun day, nice shots of the river!

rainfield61 said...

Big, and gorgeous.

and especially when the flock of birds starts flying at the ame time.

J Bar said...

These are excellent.
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Evelyn Howard said...

Nice photos, good place to visit.

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

It's been so long since I've been to Great Falls. It's a lovely place to visit. You captured the force of the water very well.

If you would like to see pictures of Great Falls that I took over the years, here is the link:

http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=29216618%40N06&q=%22Great+Falls%22&m=text

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Great Falls looks like a pretty nice park. We will have to look into it when we come north again.
Beautiful pics!
Darryl and Ruth : )

Randi said...

The river walk looks dramatic and beautiful!

Carolyn Ford said...

What a wonderful wilderness area to explore. Beautiful sanctuary for wildlife.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Nice area! Cool!!

Eden said...

Great photography, Eileen. And my favourite is the first image. Thanks for sharing.

Have a nice day

siromade08 said...

Oh what a great photos. Love those heron rookeries resting on the branches.

Hootin' Anni said...

That rookery woulda had me peeing my pants...how wonderful to be there when the herons were there!!! Wow.

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ρομπερτ said...

"on Sunday hubby and I took a walk" - makes one indeed glad to read about such a happy day, as life can become so much a race behind money and might. Very peaceful your photography, providing wonderful hope for this Wednesday. May it be a nice day for you all.

Diane AZ said...

Looks like a lot of activity going on in the heron rookery. I still have never seen a heron "in person." These are all beautiful images.

Phil said...

What a great place for a walk and discovering nature Eileen. Herons over here start early and are on eggs now.

LV said...

Loved your outdoor scenes for today. You did a great job putting them all in such an interesting fashion.

Mumsy said...

Wonderful photos, and I like waterfall most..

jabblog said...

That looks a wide river - what beautiful falls.

Light and Voices said...

Looks like a heron convention!
Joyce M

Rambling Woods said...

Do you get to go and visit the heron rookery during breeding season? What a great place for waterfowl and herons....Thank you for participating in Nature Notes... Michelle

Ms. Bake-it said...

Great photos! Love the heron rookery. It looks like a fabulous place to commune with nature.

~ Tracy

♥ Kathy said...

What GREAT pictures! Happy Outdoor Wednesday!

Denise said...

I'd love to be able to see that rookery also. Great photos! Thanks for sharing them.

Carver said...

What a beautiful spot. I love the falls and the birds are always a pleasure.

Ebie said...

Love the strong waters gushing! The birds are so much fun to see!

Guy D said...

Eileen these are fantastic, the second one is my favourite.

All the best
Guy
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Carletta said...

One churning river! Great shot!

Vicky said...

I always admire your nature photos!!! Very beautiful post!!!

Tallulah Antiques Closet said...

Thank You for your vist today, Your photos of the river are great. And I like the photos of the orioles also. Ours just came back from the south 2 days ago they let you know they are back, with all that yak yak they make. A beautiful bird indeed. Have a great day, Julian

Greyscale Territory said...

This would be such a beautiful place to wander! Lovely photos!

Ann said...

Did you do any white water rafting?

Such a beautfiul place. Do the edges freeze over?

SquirrelQueen said...

What a beautiful area to explore. I really like your photo of the of the heron rookery. That is an amazing sight.

Leora said...

Glad to see this beautiful area between Virginia and Maryland. What a wonderful place for the birds to enjoy.

Elaine said...

What a lovely place! The heron rookery really looks interesting, with their huge nests in the trees. I imagine the trees will be leafing out shortly and you won't be able to see them so well, but it would be fun to see the babies.

EcoRover said...

What a great heron rookery! We had a similar large one near Butte (at Warm Springs Ponds), but the bald eagles wiped it out (they prey on the young herons) over a 2 - 3 year period. Visiting in Portland OR, and the same thing is happening to a big heron rookery we viewed on Ross Island.

MyMaracas said...

What a treat to see a heron rookery! I wouldn't have expected them to have nests in trees. They seem more like the ground-nesting sort to me.

Regina said...

Such an amazing place and captures Eillen!

Just came by. I'm still out of town.
Regards.

happilyretired said...

Thanks for allowing us to view the rookery and all your other lovely views virtually ... wonderful photo series.
Hugs and blessings,