Sunday, October 24, 2010

Birding Shenandoah

Hubby and I visited Shenandoah Nat'l Park yesterday, we love taking daytrips and Shenandoah is close enough for a quick visit. Driving the Skyline Drive and seeing all the pretty fall colors was wonderful. We both agreed that this fall the colors are not as spectacular as in previous years. We have been visiting and camping at Shenandoah Nat'l Park for more than twenty years now. The Fall colors can be stunning.



Sulphur butterfly



 I really enjoy hiking the Limberlost trail located in the central section of the Sklyine Drive and the park. Around the trailhead parking lot and along the trail there were many apples trees and berries which attracted a large amount of birds. We found out from other hikers on the Limberlost that we had just missed seeing black bear. The Black bears are another reason why I love visiting Shenandoah.

Slate colored Dark Eyed Junco



The Tufted Titmouse and Dark Eyed (slate colored) Junco had the highest individual counts of all the birds I saw. I did see and hear, Bluejays, Cardinals, Eastern Bluebirds, American Crows,  Eastern Towhee, Kinglets, Hairy Woodpecker, unidentified Hawk and Turkey Vultures soaring above the drive and overlooks.







Pretty reds at the Big Meadows

I am link up Mary's Mosaic Monday and Drowsey Monkey's Mellow Yellow Monday and Marytheteach's Ruby Tuesday and That's My world

Special thanks to all these wonderful host, I just love participating in these fun memes.
Thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog and my Shenandoah post.

67 comments:

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Gorgeous! This must be a fabulous place to walk.
Blessings,Ruth

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

I like your collages. I agree with you about the fall foliage not being as dramatic this year as in past years. I thought the same here too.

jabblog said...

Wonderful photos, Eileen! What lovely places you have around yrou to visit.

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Gorgeous shots! We haven't been to Skyline Drive for quite some time and you have tempted us to quickly go back.

Darryl and Ruth : )

Jo said...

Wow what stunning photos, Eileen. I love the trees photographed from the bottom up and the vibrant meadow. Your junco is a little like our spotted flycatcher. Thanks for taking me on this lovely walk and birding outing. Have a great day. Blessings Jo

Monika said...

Even if this year isn't as good as those past, you sure get many more vibrant fall colors than we do here! Beautiful. And cute chipmunk in the collage, too.

Mimi said...

Oh beautiful place, Shenandoah!
I really, really love your picture looking up at the trees- you can see all their power and majestic stance.
Interesting re fall colours not being as vibrant this year, cos "Life through reflections", a blog I follow from Denmark, made the same post today! You should visit each other!!

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Hi Eileen :)
molto belle queste foto, soprattutto quella con l'uccello e quella con la fioritura rossa.
Mi piace molto :)
Buona serata.
Myriam

rainfield61 said...

I am also eager to see a black bear, but are they dangerous and we need to out run them?

SquirrelQueen said...

Beautiful scenery, it must be wonderful to have such a place nearby. Your fall colors are great, our trees have just started turning this week.

I love all of your mosaic photos especially the one of the squirrel, or is that a chipmunk?

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Absolutely beautiful! What are those lovely fields of red? They're gorgeous. All of your mosaics lovely.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Stunningly beautiful mosaics! Love the picture of the trees.

Snap said...

Eileen,

Another spectacular post! Beautiful images, birds, butterflies ... loved the shot of the trees from the bottom uo! Looks like the Shenandoah is the place to be!

A Garden of Threads said...

You always have such amazing photos. Very talented.

Lavender Cottage said...

Nice photos Eileen. Your little chippy makes it look so innocent and loveable.
Judith

Dishesdone said...

Beautiful! You got such stunning shots, Eileen! I really love looking up at the tall trees! Great photo!

Vee said...

You may have been disappointed with the color, but it sure looks beautiful to me. Love the reds in that meadow and the birds that you captured so very well. Sorry that you missed the bear this time.

Bernie said...

Just wonderful ... thanks for sharing this great spot. The Autumn colours are amazing ... and I just loved the shot looking up at the tree tops!

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Beautiful vistas and a good day for birding.

EG Wow said...

WOW! Everything is so beautiful there right now!

Lina Gustina said...

Wow!
Love your photos a lot :)

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Elaine said...

You find some very beautiful spots for your day trips! Lovely photos, and I especially like the second collage and the shot looking up into the trees.

Jackie said...

Morning Eileen

I love visiting your blog especially to see birds that as far as I know we don't have in the UK!! I have heard Lyrics about Shenandoah and it is a beautiful place. I have just found a link on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIF77ENM4eE and you live near there, how lovely!!!

Have a great week, Jackie in Surrey, UK.

Francisca said...

Can I join you on one of your day trips?! Your photos and mosaics capture the day beautifully! Wonderful nature captured, the colors, the wildlife... So lovely, Eileen.

Heather T. said...

Beautiful, I love the reds in your mosaic.

~ Heather, A Vermont Girl

Mary said...

Gorgeous photos! I'm wondering what meadow flowers those are that is such a glorious red color!?

Hilke Breder said...

Well-captured! You live in such a beautiful place!

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

Eileen...My husband and I do lots of day trippin' around our area of West Texas which we call 'DriveAbout PhotoShoots'...he Drives..I Shoot! Our scenery is alot different from yours, so it's always so great to see OPS (Other Peoples Shots) and yours are spectacular. Wonderful Mosaic Monday presentation.

chubskulit said...

Such gorgeous photos Eileen!

My Mellow Yellow post, have a great week ahead!

Ebie said...

Showing in its fullest or not, Autumn always has shown the beauty of the world around us. These are spectacular collection of photos. You visit such noteworthy places.

Kim, USA said...

I have the same thought as Francisca as I browse your photos. They are all gorgeous and so pretty.
MYM-More flowers

Anita said...

wonderful shoots..i see you love nature..that is very good!!:))

wish you a very very good week!:)

Meri said...

That was one of the marvelous things about living in the D.C. burbs. . . beautiful scenery for a long days' drive or weekend. . . plus lots of little antiques places to poke around in.

Riet said...

Wow what a beautiful place and i love your mosaics.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Eileen I said the same about New England's fall colors...not as vivid as usual but still beautiful. Your photos of Shenandoah in your mosaic are all lovely. I also love the field of red and the bird close up!

Anja said...

Dear Eileen,
your fotos are always stunning, especially the one looking in the sky in the wood, wow!!! You placed the little squirrel at the right corner,it let me smile. The colours are so beautiful, soft and worm in your MM.
Have a nice week and thank you for stopping by my blog.
Anja

LivingSoAbundantly said...

The squirrel is so cute! The scenery is beautiful! :)

reg said...

absolutely stunning pics

indicaspecies said...

I spent a month and half in Fall last year in the New England area, USA, and the colors were absolutely delightful.
Your Shenandoah post has some stunning photographs, thanks for sharing.
Have a lovely week.

Sylvia K said...

Your photos are absolutely stunning, Eileen! And what a gorgeous world you do have! Thank you so much for the tour and visit! I do love all the beautiful colors! Hope you have a lovely week! Enjoy!

Sylvia

ewok1993 said...

I hear a lot of good things about this place and I'm glad you are showing them all to me. What a lovely time you must have had.

Ralph said...

The views on the skyline are absolutely beautiful! To see the tops of the trees and their foliage in one glimpse is great. The rubies below and above are wonderful!

Greyscale Territory said...

Love all the colours of Nature from your walk! But especially love the field of reds at Big Meadows!

Jan n Jer said...

Stunning nature photos. That is a beautiful part of Va/w.VA. we just drove through there last weekend!

Life Ramblings said...

your pictures never fail to amaze me. i enjoy these very much. thank you.

Indrani said...

Excellent captures and all so wonderfully presented.

LDH said...

Beautiful photo ~ every one of them. I always leave your blog with a smile :)

Kay L. Davies said...

"Oh, Shenandoah, I long to see you..."
(A beautiful old song.)

How wonderful to see these beautiful pictures of a place I've never seen. I was in Virginia once, but only briefly, a long time ago, so I'm very happy to see it through your eyes and your camera.

Kay, Alberta, Canada

Leora said...

What a lovely place to visit on a beautiful fall day. I love the tall trees especially. And so nice to capture the birds in photos - on our fall hike yesterday, I just heard them or saw them in the distance.

Eden said...

What a beautiful place! Love all your beautiful photos. Great shots and lovely collage too.

Have a great day always.

Kebeni said...

we are so lucky that nature provides such a varied palette aren't we. This pictures are stunning

Luna Miranda said...

these are breathtaking shots. the photo with trees is my favorite. what amazing colors!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots. Very lovely birds and flowers.

Randi said...

Lovely shots! The colours are so rich. This must be a beautiful place to visit.

BraCom (Bram) said...

Beautiful My World posting

Have a nice week,
Greetings, Bram

My Word Tuesday post

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Nora Johnson said...

Lovely shots - thanks too for stopping by!

Lola:)

Ann said...

what's that animal at the top left hand corner.

The red field, please let me lie down and breathe in the perfume.

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

I too would LOVE to take daytrips to this area of our country!!! Wow...so so beautiful.



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Custom Comforts said...

What beautiful pictures. You must have had a wonderful time.
Cindy

diane said...

You live in a beautiful world filled with pretty birds. Wow those trees are tall and straight.

Icy BC said...

Fantastic photos! You have all the colors of fall..

imriz said...

i am speechless here...spectacular place you got there with an awesome photographer, all shots were hugely GREAT!

Mel Cole said...

I am swept off by my feet by your pictures. Breathtaking!

Come & check me out with My Ruby Tuesday here

Stephanie V said...

Just fabulous photos. Makes me want to get on a plane and come visit - quick! before it all fades into winter. The reds are spectacular.

Carolyn Ford said...

I love that red field, too! These a beautiful mosaics full of color and the charm of the fall season.

NatureFootstep said...

I was quite stunned by all those read plants. Amazing!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Beautiful photos! I love bird watching and taking photos of nature! Yours are spectacular! ♥