Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Birding the Hemlock Gorge

On Sunday, hubby and I took a hike around the Hemlock Gorge. This area is known for its large beautiful hemlock trees. The river that flows thru the Hemlock Gorge ends up in the top part of our reservoir. During our loop drive back to our house we stop and took a look over the bridge that is when I spotted the Hooded Merganser couple. It was a quiet day for the birds. These Hooded Mergansers were the easiest birds for me to spot. Usually I see a kingfisher in this area but it was not there on Sunday.




  The Hemlock Gorge loop trail take us past an an old cemetary where the Hoffman family are buried. The Hoffmans were the first paper makers in the state of Maryland. Mr Hoffman died in 1811. I was told the small maker stones in front are actually makers for the servants.


             The trail takes us along the river and the pretty hemlock trees.







I am linking up with 2sweetnsaxy's Watery Wednesday and Susan's Outdoor Wednesday. Thanks to these wonderful host and thanks for stopping by to see my post.

24 comments:

  1. Mmmmmmm, I would have loved to venture out there with you carrying my camera in one hand and binoculars in another!!

    Thanks for visiting my Watery photos!

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  2. I love the river winding through the leafless trees. A super place for walking.

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  3. Looks like a great place for photos while enjoying nature. I would love to visit there sometime.

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  4. Such a beautiful valley! Looks very similar to "my" valley. The only difference is that we don´t have Hemlock trees, but Beeches.

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  5. Beautiful Outdoor Wednesday post.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

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  6. yes, beautiful pictures of that place.. very nice..

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  7. I have missed my walks lately so thanks for taking us on yours. Lovely little river!

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  8. These are nice photos. I like the cemetery ones and the river.

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  9. I like the river meanders through the woods. I saw my first Hooded Mergansers this summer. They are really pretty.

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  10. Lovely spot for a hike. Do like old cemeteries too.

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  11. Oh how pretty w/ it running through there...
    I'm surprised the servants would be buried near the family - I didn't think they did that.

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  12. Another great place to watch for birds!

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  13. Thank you for this wonderful walk through the woods, teaching me as well something I did not know before. Please have a good Thursday.

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  14. I always love your shots, Eileen...
    You surely have an enjoyable times there :)

    Thanks for your visit and comment. Have a great day...

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  15. I love the creek flowing through the trees.This place looks magical.
    Blessings,Ruth

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  16. Even if it was a quiet day for birds, it was a lovey place for a walk!

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  17. The place is so well designed by the Nature.

    Trees and water...and birds...

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  18. What a lovely place! Great captures.

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  19. I love the stream winding through the hemlock trees--nice shots.

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  20. beautiful thing that hooded merganser. Not much birds here either, but of course, it si ice everywhere.

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  21. Beautiful Scenery!
    Happy Outdoor Wednesday :)

    Kay Ellen

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  22. Lovely photos.Thank you for taking us there. I enjoy all your photos.

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  23. That looks like a great trail, it certainly has some beautiful scenery. Great shot of the Hooded Mergansers.

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