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:

  1. wonderful looking hike and great photos.

    dan

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

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

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  4. 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.

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

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  6. 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.

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

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

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  9. 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!

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  10. 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

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

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

    Thanks for dropping by at my TF post :)

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

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  14. 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

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

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

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  17. Is it illegal to shoot the deers?

    The butterfly camouflaged itsef very well.

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

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

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

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

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  22. 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.

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

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

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

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  26. 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

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  27. Great photos. Looks like a pretty place to visit.

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

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  29. 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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  30. Now, that is what you call "Paradise"!

    My Mellow Yellow, have a nice week ahead!

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

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  32. beautiful nature photo's Eileen, love that waterfall shot

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  33. 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

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

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  35. 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.

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

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

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

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  39. Thank you for sharing these beautiful nature photos

    Have a nice week,
    Greetings, Bram

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

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  41. 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

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

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  43. 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.

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  44. 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-

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

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  46. 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

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

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  48. 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

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  49. 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

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  50. 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 : )

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  51. 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.

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Hello, Thanks for stopping by my blog. This is my blog about the birds I see, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. They might not always be the best of photos because I like to keep photos as a record of where and when I see them.
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