Sunday, August 15, 2010

Birding the Potomac

With this post I am linking up with Mosaic Monday and That's My World Click on these to visit some wonderful blogs.

Yesterday, hubby and I enjoyed a day birding at the Potomac River and C& O canal. We stopped at a few places to check out the birds. First stop was at Hughes Hollow a wildlife management area. We saw a lot of Egrets, GB Herons, Green Herons, and some Little Blue Herons. There were also some Canada Geese and Mallard ducks.




At the next stop called Violettes Lock we walked along the C&O canal. Here along the Potomac River we saw some Cormorants and it was the first time I have ever seen two Kingfishers sitting close to each other. Turtles were sunning themselves on downed trees in the canal.



I am always checking out the wildflowers along my walks and the trails. There were purple flowers that I have not seen before and do not know its name. So if anyone could me id this flower, I would appreciate the help.





Some wild Hibiscus






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45 comments:

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

Nice collages and I like the pictures of the wildflowers.

Kathleen said...

Amazing pictures! Beautiful mosaic, Eileen!

Bobbi said...

Hi, Oh how beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing all of these amazing wonders! Hope you have a lovely new week!
hugs...
Bobbi

Dishesdone said...

Beautiful mosaics, Eileen! Looks like a fantastic day, surrounded by such beauty and wildlife!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Thanks for the virtual walk along the river.Each set of images is fascinating.
Blessings,Ruth

Lenore said...

Now those are some great wild life photos and you made very interesting mosaics out of them.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Looks like you had a very nice day! I haven't seen that flower before either...

Lavender Cottage said...

Your mystery flower is not one I'm familiar with Eileen. Enjoyed all the wildlife and flowers you shared this week.
Judith

Snap said...

Eileen, how wonderful! Critters and flowers... can't beat that!

Mary said...

Omigosh, what a beautiful place to wander and watch the flora and fauna! Thanks for taking us along at MM. :)

EG Wow said...

I love that mystery flower, Eileen! I have no idea what they are...but what a find!

GrandmaK said...

Oh how very lovely! Well done! Cathy

podso said...

Beautiful shots, but I especially love the butterflys!

Traci said...

I always enjoy your wildlife mosaics, Eileen!

A Garden of Threads said...

Great pictures, I have not seen a Kingfisher in years. I hope you have a wonderful week.

Randy Emmitt said...

Eileen,

Your flower look at it, the shape! it is a Butterfly Pea. We saw a few today out in the wild, yet slightly different than yours.

Bernie said...

Just terrific ... so many great shots of the wildlife. I'm rather taken with that black and blue butterfly in the first mosaic ... how lovely. Also rather like the turtle clambering up the old log!

The wildflowers are beautiful ... ant the river scene is too! Sorry, can't help with the mystery bloom.

Francisca said...

What a fantastic day you had, Eileen, to see so much wildlife! Your mosaics make me want to come explore your neck of the woods. And that's a very delicate lilac meadow flower you found... can't help you name it, though.

rainfield61 said...

If I should have seen such many beauties in a day, I must be happier than a pig in mud.

Ann said...

your header photo, the waves are so strong, yet the bird is trying to catch fish. What great determination.

Lovely collage, I see the wild hibiscus standing out. It looks like an okra.

Wifey10 said...

Lovely flowers and little animals as well! Happy Week!

Mary Elizabeth said...

I love all the feathered friends!
The butterflies too!!

M.E

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Really enjoyed seeing your photos - very pretty.
have a great week.

leavesnbloom said...

Those collages are just superb - great images in every little cube. I've never seen a wildflower so beautiful as this - sorry but I don't have a clue what it is called as I really only know about UK natives rather than North American ones.

Rosie
from centre of interest photoblog

Hilke Breder said...

I love your flower pics. Beautiful colors! Your header: I didn't know Great Blue Herons do white-water fishing.

Meri said...

Wow - what a wonderfully productive walk you had on your birding field trip. Great photos -- thanks so much for sharing them with all of us.

Sharon said...

Beautiful mosaics and what a special day you had. I have not seen that wildflower but will try to look it up.

Elaine said...

Beautiful mosaics and lovely wildflowers. Your little mystery flower is beautiful, but I've never seen it before either.

Sylvia K said...

Love your mosaic! Aren't they fun to put together? I love them! All of your photos are gorgeous, Eileen! What fun you must have had! I don't think I've ever seen a flower like that one, but it is exquisite. And the birds and delightful! Thanks for sharing the beauty and the fun! Hope you have a great week! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Jim said...

These are wonderful.

Carver said...

What a great place to explore. I enjoyed the birds and wildflowers you shot very much.

Samson said...

Beautiful set of photo's Eileen

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Life Ramblings said...

beautiful mosaics and i enjoy these pictures very much.

Barb said...

You saw the same butterfly in MD as I just saw in CO! That mystery flower reminds me of a lily.

Indrani said...

Beautiful collages. You have put in so much of effort in preparing them. Lovely!

lotusleaf said...

Lovely walk! The purple flower looks like the Butterfly Pea (Clitoria) which is a wild flower here.

Shey said...

Fantastic view of the wildlife. Such a joy to see.

I don't know the names of the flowers. Sorry. :)

Ebie said...

Eileen, what a beautiful place! Birds, butterflies, wildflowers, all of nature in one place! What a wonderful time to spend the weekend!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful mosaic of birds and butterflies. The flowers are very lovely.

BraCom (Bram) said...

Thank you for sharing these beautiful nature photos

Have a nice week,
Greetings, Bram

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Carol said...

This looks like a wonderful place for a walk. Great photos and I love the collages.

Dani said...

I really enjoyed seeing these photos. Thank you for sharing.

Kay L. Davies said...

Beautiful photos. And I see in your profile you have a Golden Retriever. We adopted our girl almost a year ago, and she has made such a wonderful difference in our lives.

jabblog said...

What a wonderful trip you had. Like many of your commenters I too really like the mystery flower - so very pretty.
(I laughed at your description of Sunny lying above your pillows with her paws round your head. No need for central heating when you've got a dog or two to keep you warm!)

SquirrelQueen said...

You have some of the most interesting walks filled with wildlife and gorgeous flowers. I see some of the others have identified the Butterfly Pea, it is a pretty little flower.