Sunday, August 29, 2010

Shenandoah

These are some shots and sights we saw during our Saturday visit to Shenandoah Nat'l Park. Along the Skyline Drive there are these beautiful yellow wildflowers. They remind me of the Black Eyed Susan but the center is not black.



We hiked two different trails,  first was the Limberlost trail and is my favorite trail 1.3 mile loop. We were able to watch several deer and fawns on the trail as we walked. The deer did not seem to mind us at all and stood next to the trail as we walked by. The trail was very birdy, with warblers bouncing all the the trees. The warblers are quick movers and hard to focus on to get a good shot. I did manage to get this bird, it stayed still long enough for my photo. It has a yellow color along the side of its wings.














After the Limberlost trail we made our way down the Skyline Drive to the Big Meadows campstore to get lunch. Across from the campstore we saw this cool looking buck. The deer at Shenandoah do not seem to mind people and do not spook easily.

After lunch, we decided to hike the trail called Dark Hollows, this is a nice trail heading downhill to the waterfalls, but it is a steep hike coming back up to the parking lot. Dark Hollow is 1.5 miles and has a nice cascading waterfall.








I am linking up with



Mary's Mosaic Monday


and



Drowsey Monkey's  Mellow Yellow Monday



and


That's My World




Thanks to the host of these fun sites and thanks for stopping by my post. Have a great week!

55 comments:

forestal said...

wonderful looking hike and great photos.

dan

Dishesdone said...

Such pretty flowers! You go to the prettiest places, Eileen! Enjoyed this weeks mosaics, and that waterfall is beautiful!

EG Wow said...

Very lovely mosaics, Eileen! I absolutely love the yellow one with the butterfly!

ρομπερτ said...

As there can't be such a things as dark yellow, this surely made bright me night. Please have you all a good new week.

A Garden of Threads said...

Yours pictures are lovely, the parks look like great places to go for a hike. Full of all kinds of treasures. Enjoy your week.

Bernie said...

Magnificent looking place. Great mosaics ... really loved the one with the yellow wildflowers and the butterfly! The waterfall shot was lovely ... and those two deer foraging together ... so cute.

Snap said...

Too beautiful for words. Love the waterfall, the deer, --- beautiful country. Thanks Eileen!

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Beautiful mosiacs.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Your world is filled with beauty.Thaks for allowing me to come along on these walks.
Blessings,Ruth

Traci said...

I love coming to see your nature-filled mosaics, Eileen! I'm amazed at how close you were able to get to the deer. Fabulous shots!

Bobbi said...

Hi, I just loved your photos and your mosaics! Very wonderful and thank you so much for sharing them. Hope you have a lovely new week!
Hugs...
Bobbi

Lana G! said...

Oh my goodness. Definitely a place to go with the hubs!

Lina Gustina said...

Enjoying all photos...amazing ones!
What a great place...

Thanks for dropping by at my TF post :)

jabblog said...

Lovely shots. The butterfly in your header is gorgeous but the deer always take my breath away.

Jackie said...

Wow!! What great photographs and a great place to visit, something that without your photography I would never get a chance to do, thank you.
Jackie in UK

Cher said...

hiking is never boring, so many beautiful sceneries and creatures to see!

Elaine said...

Another beautiful place to spend the day! I really love your mosaic with the butterflies and the yellow flowers.

Ann said...

Is it illegal to shoot the deers?

The butterfly camouflaged itsef very well.

GrandmaK said...

What wonderful shades of yellow. The butterfly is exquisite and the deer...WOW! Wishing you well! Cathy

rainfield61 said...

You have gained weight after the hiking because of the heavy photograph harvest.

Greyscale Territory said...

A beautiful parade of yellows! And enjoyed all those scenes as you trekked the countryside! Wonderful!

Francisca said...

Eileen... what a LOVELY lovely hike... and it was a great pleasure to view it though your lens. The montages are super!

Eden said...

I love hiking too. But I haven't done it in a long time. I love photos. You captured them wonderfully. And very nice collage too.

anjoe playhouse said...

Spending a day at such a great place must be marvellous. Great photos ;-)

Mary said...

Oh, I would love to go there -- the scenery is out of this world! Thanks for taking us along at MM. :)

Mumsy said...

Wonderful post, beautiful photos, and your header is fantastic..

Manang Kim said...

I am sure I can walk that far because of the beauty that can be seen first hand. Great shots!! Thanks for the visit too and happy Monday!
Something red, yellow & blue

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Great photos. Looks like a pretty place to visit.

Linnea W said...

Terrific nature shots Eileen! You must have had a really enjoyable time hiking and photographing. Enjoy the day!

RNSANE said...

What beautiful shots! I thoroughly enjoyed this spectacular visit to your part of the country. You certainly had a wonderful day of hiking and photography! What fun to be out and about where the deer are familiar with humans and allow such close proximity.

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chubskulit said...

Now, that is what you call "Paradise"!

My Mellow Yellow, have a nice week ahead!

Kathleen said...

What a beautiful place to hike through. To see deer up close like that must be something special. TFS

Samson said...

beautiful nature photo's Eileen, love that waterfall shot

J Bar said...

Your world looks fantastic.
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Sylvia K said...

What an incredibly beautiful place! Your photos are superb and your collages are terrific! Love the deer and the butterflies. Have a great week, Eileen!

Sylvia

Carver said...

What a wonderful hike. You got so many great shots of the deer, butterfly, flowers and waterfall. Such a scenic place to hike.

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

You keep going to places that I haven't been in a long time. Your words and pictures make me want to make a return visit.

Indrani said...

You make such wonderful mosaics, great composition each one of them. Great entry for the memes. :)

Barb said...

You have certainly highlighted the incredible beauty of Shenandoah Nat'l Park! Your mosaics are wonderful. Such color!

Ebie said...

Eileen, I am so impressed of your travels. The places you visited are just within your reach! Beautiful nature photos.

BraCom (Bram) said...

Thank you for sharing these beautiful nature photos

Have a nice week,
Greetings, Bram

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NatureFootstep said...

a world you can only wish for. And I wish........
Have a great week. :)

Chris Petrak said...

Nice work on the butterflies. I find them difficult to photograph. Getting the small birds to stay still is a challenge, but you did the job with the Blue-headed Vireo

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Eileen: Love your trip to the mountains, wonderful captures all around.

Mama Zen said...

Gorgeous shots!

Scott (JournOwl) said...

Wow, what a successful day amongst the wonders and variety of nature. Thanks for giving us a peek through your eyes...or lens I should say.

Kilauea Poetry said...

That is a butterfly & a bee on your header!! Fabulous- what detail- everything is so bright and Summery Eileen, yet we're heading for Fall! Seems you know exactly what to look for without thinking and I bet you get a little exhausted after a hike like this? So, I guess I can understand why you like the mosaics as there is so much to take in. The bird is so sweet and the deer are awesome!
Now, I would of been by earlier but I was a tad afraid to lure you back to my not so sensible posts (lol)- thanks! Hope you have a wonderful day-

Eden said...

Wow, what a lovely hike! Lots of beautiful things to see. Love those yellow blooms, butterflies and the bird. Great captures and beautiful mosaic.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Eileen --- We were just there (Aug.6-8).. I have been posting about our trip through the Blue Ridge and Skyline Drive areas. You can see my pictures by going to my sidebar and clicking on the label marked Birthday 2010... I posted the bears we saw in yesterday's blog.

We love the Shenandoah area.. We spent the night at the Skyland Resort. We didn't hike much this trip --but stopped at most of the overlooks. Both of your hikes look wonderful ... I will mark them for another time.

We want to see that waterfall sometime.... Beautiful...

Thanks for sharing, Eileen.
Hugs,
Betsy

The Early Birder said...

Enjoyed looking at the montages Eileen, especially the yellows and oranges. FAB.

Denise said...

What a lovely series of photos Eileen. You visited one of my favorite places along Skyline Drive, Big Meadows. We've stayed at the lodge there and were talking about going again soon.
An English Girl Rambles

Maria Berg said...

The deer at Shenandoah do not seem to mind people and do not spook easily

I went to another park and also had go go nere the deer and mad some real great photo but the best was just to stand there aand be close to nature.

take care MB

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Fantastic photos. We love Skyline Drive but haven't done it in a couple of years. You certainly got us thinking about it again.

Darryl and Ruth : )

Corner Gardener Sue said...

This is a beautiful place, too. I like waterfalls.

(As I was typing this, I saw a neighbor out the window, and went to the door, as she was bringing our dog home from being loose. We ended up yakking outside, and another neighbor joined us. I made Heidi stay inside. Larry had forgotten to put the hook through the gate so she couldn't open it to get out.)

Oh, I remember what I was going to ask you. Do you ever see wild cats or bears on your hikes? I wouldn't know what to do if I saw one.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Beautiful photos! WOW! ♥