Sunday, February 12, 2012

Birding & Hiking at Cunningham Falls State Park

I am linking up with Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday

These photos are from a few weeks ago hubby and I visited the Cunningham Falls State Park here in Maryland.





 The weather had been mild and it was a lovely day to be outside taking a walk.  Our first hike was on the trail to the waterfalls  from the parking close to the lake. I was surprised that there were no ducks or geese on the lake at Cunningham Falls State park. It is a nice trail with pretty trees and lots of boulder size rocks in places. There were also new plantings of what looked like Hemlock trees along the trail. We met up with a family hiking with their cute blue eyed Husky puppy dog. I asked if I could take a photo of their puppy, I just love dogs.


I am not sure what kind of tree these are but they do not seem to loose their old leaves. I thought maybe in spring the new leaf pushes out the old leaf.  I thought the woods looked pretty with these trees with their bronze colored leaves all around.



The birds seen along the trail were a lot of White Breasted Nuthatches, and lots of Chickadees. I think this area could see a mixture of the Black Capped Chickadee and the Carolina Chickadee. I also heard the White Throated Sparrows, Juncos, Downy Woodpeckers and some Kinglets.

The Chickadee has to be one of the cutest birds even their sounds are cute.


The Cunningham Falls is a popular place, visitors like to climb up the rocks to the top of the falls.

There is also an easy boardwalk trail to view the falls, we also walked this trail so we could see a different angle and view of the falls. This is the creek at the bottom of the falls, a pretty scene with the trees and in the background the falls. Cunningham Falls State Park is located in Thurmont, Maryland. Also, nearby is the Catoctin Mountain National Park.

I am happy you stopped by to visit my post and I appreciate the comments. I hope everyone has a great week.
To see more wonderful mosaics and photos please visit Mary's Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday

Thanks to Mary the host of Mosaic Monday and to the hosting group of Our World Tuesday: Arija, Sylvia, Sandy, Lady Fi, Gattina.

83 comments:

Sue said...

What a gorgeous place for the hike. I know this is going to come off sounding stupid, but I truly had no idea there were so many pretty places out East. Lucky for me you share your photos!
:)

ros@dimaggio63 said...

Hi Eileen è sempre un piacere girovagare nella tua natura :)
Magnifico luogo !
Buona serata :))
Myriam

TexWisGirl said...

really beautiful! love those little brown leafed trees! they add so much!

Carol said...

I love those shots of the trees with the bronze colored leaves. Such a pretty place, even when the tress are mostly bare. That pup is adorable!
Have a great week, Eileen! Enjoyed the visit to the park, your pictures are always fantastic.

Carole DeAngeli said...

Such a lovely place for a winter's walk. Thanks for taking us along!

Kay said...

What a beautiful hiking area. I would love to be able to hike in something that looks like that. And what an adorable little puppy.

Karin M. said...

... a wonderful nature, you show us beautiful pictures...
Many greetings, Karin

Tammy said...

Looks like a great place for a hike. I love the little husky too :)

Bob Bushell said...

What a pleasant place, your shots are superb.

Casey said...

Wow! What great photos of what looks like an awesome spot for a hike. Thanks for sharing!

Linda said...

I always enjoy your photos! Now that park is on my list of places to go! Love the photos of the falls and the bronze colored leaves!

Rohrerbot said...

Hello there!!!
It has been a busy weekend. I hope you had a nice one. I don't know what it is but anything that has a boardwalk makes me happy. I love walking on them and at times just sitting off the edge of them whenever I can:) Love the woodsy landscape. Chris

NixBlog said...

Lovely series of shots, Eileen. It is a beautiful part of the world.

Pam said...

Hi Eileen, Cunningham park looks like a beautiful place to hike the falls and capture shots of sweet little Chickadees.

Thank you for sharing,
Pam

Jean said...

I worked in Maryland in the 80's and was surprised at how beautiful it was.
Super capture of the Chickadee! If I were a bird it would be a Dee!:)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Fabulous photos! The winter months are so great for bird watching! You can see so much through the trees! ♥

black eyed susans kitchen said...

What a wonderful walk in the woods Eileen...the pictures were so clear that I could almost smell the crisp air...great post!

Wanda..plain~N~simple said...

If you happen to notice me visiting your blog a lot its because I visit, get interupted, go back...repeat,repeat! :)

I would love to take a walk here. It reminds me a lot of the lake we live on. (Tims Ford Lake) I have the same trees in our wooded area out back, ours are Maple and Elm. They certainly add a little color to an otherwise bare surrounding.

Your little Chickadee is sweet. Have a great week ahead.

GrandmaK said...

Absolutely breathtaking!!! Thank you!! Cathy

podso said...

Beautiful photos! And mosaic, looks like a great hike!

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

A gorgeous place for a walk. Can't see what kind of trees they are but I know that Oak trees hold their leaves over the winter. The little husky is so cute. V

Pamela Gordon said...

These photos are beautiful and the park looks like a great place to get out and enjoy nature. The trees with the brown leaves on them look like beech trees. Have a great week! Pamela

Mary said...

Oh what a beautiful place to hike! There is a certain spare beauty to winter, and you have captured it wonderfully! xoxo

Snap said...

What a wonderful place for a walk. I would have taken a photo of that adorable puppy, too! The Chickadee -- too cute! Thanks for taking us along.

A Garden of Threads said...

A beautiful place for a walk, the shape and colour of your mystery tree looks like a beech. The oak and beech keep their leaves over the winter. Have a wonderful Valentine week:)

Cher said...

beautiful series of photos! happy MM, Eileen!

My Little Home and Garden said...

Eileen, that is a beautiful place to go for a hike. There's so much to see. I loved the close-up of the chickadee!
-Karen

Lorrie said...

That chickadee is so cute with his slightly ruffled feathers. And I love the photo of the bronze leaves looking like they are drifting through the trees.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots of the place, very scenic.

Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Eileen
Great hiking country. The chickadee is so close I want to reach out and ruffle those soft feathers.
Judith

ellen b. said...

Lovely place to walk and it looks like you have a fun little companion. Have a great week.

betchai said...

beautiful nature sceneries Eileen,I love the wooded path and the shadows.

Teacup-In-The-Garden said...

What a wonderful mosaic!
Have a great week,
Markus

montucky said...

Wonderful series of photos! I just love the one of my favorite bird!

Henrietta Hassinen said...

Beautiful place, it looks more like autumn there comparing to Finland:) I would rather be there in mild weather than here.

Stewart M said...

Hi there - very nice set of pictures - If they had been taken in the UK I would have said that the trees that keep their leaves were beech - not know if you have them in your part of the world.

Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

Jackie said...

Wow Eileen that looks a great Park, I can see the weather has been good for you too. I love to visit your blog and see photographs of birds that I would never see otherwise.All I get are robins, great tits, blue tits and blackbirds on a regular basis.I have made sure there is food and fresh water for them since we have had the snow.

Have a great week, Jackie in Surrey, UK.

Heather said...

Hi Eileen

Thanks for visiting my little blog project. What beautiful photography! I enjoyed visiting and will be back.

I think the trees you mentioned are beech - with their arching branches and brown leaves, they are beautiful.

Irene said...

Oh, what a gorgeous place to visit! Looks a bit like a Norwegian wood :)But the leaves still on the trees, feels more like fall than winter to me.

Wish you a great week!

Irene (in Cancun at this moment)

Sandy said...

I am so happy that you visited my blog and that I found yours. I just love your nature shots, they make me jealous wish I were there. (o:

the cuby poet said...

What a really beautiful place to take a walk. The trees with the sunlight are delightful an the birds are unfamiliar to me. I like coming out with you.

Jen said...

Ooh that's a gorgeous area! Love all the falls and trees- and that puppy is just too much!

Riet said...

You make the most beautiful bird and country photo's Eileen. These are again and I love your collage.
Have a nice day

Mama Zen said...

What a gorgeous place! Love the pictures!

ladyfi said...

What a gorgeous place - so serene!

Lew said...

Great shots! And good that you went earlier. It would have been nipppy this weekend.

Crafty Green Poet said...

looks like a lovely place to walk and that chickadee, such a cutie!

Geli said...

hi Eileen, your pictures are wonderful...greetings from Geli

Sylvia K said...

What a gorgeous park, Eileen! And your captures are fantastic -- the next best thing to being there! Hope you have a great week and Happy Valentines Day!

Sylvia

Gary said...

Great hike,and he's a siberian. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Julie G. said...

A most lovely series of photographs! Cunningham Falls State Park looks like a beautiful place to visit. Gorgeous trails and falls! Love the sweet chickadee close-up and adorable husky puppy! Thanks for sharing such beauty.

aka Penelope said...

That cubby little chickadee is on cuteness overload ... as is the husky pup. I can imagine how all the different bird sounds accompanied you on your hike through this enchanted forest!

Carver said...

Lovely sequence of shots. The chickadee is such an adorable bird. I can see why the falls are popular. Beautiful spot. I've noticed trees here that do the same thing. The leaves turn brown after fall color but don't drop off until the new leaves come. I can't think of the name of the trees like that we have near me.

Al said...

Wonderful shots. I wish I'd visited this place when I lived in Maryland.

eden said...

What a lovely place for birding and hiking! Love all the photos.

Happy Valentines Day!

Reena Walkling said...

What a beautiful place to hike! Great photos!

Indrani said...

Excellent shots. The mosaic of waterfalls is superb.

dAwN said...

Looks so peaceful there! Love that Chicky shot!

shutterbuggbitten said...

It looks like a beautiful place to visit!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

That chicadee was so cute with his feathers all puffed up! This park looks like a wionderful place to stroll and take in nature, Eileen. Marylnad is a pretty state!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I love the golden trees, noticed the one on the header shot and glad you showed some more of them. What a lovely hike.

kulasa said...

beautiful photos!

Martha Z said...

A lovely winter's hike. I am more than ready for a walk in the woods.

Gillian Olson said...

Beautiful scene of the park, those golden trees are so beautiful. The chickadee shot is outstanding!

rainfield61 said...

I am happy to see your winter birds.

Ebie said...

Very surprising to see the leaves did not loose its fall colors in the midst of winter.

Looks like a lot of photo opportunities and the trails look easy. I would enjoy this hike.

kanak7 said...

Fascinating photos of your area. The woods must be a pleasure to see/walk about.

NatureFootstep said...

gorgeous place. I coudl spend a lot of time there if I lived nearby. :)

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Reader Wil said...

Thanks Eileen, for the lovely walk you shared with us. The wood is so beautiful with those golden leaves still seen on some of the trees.
The puppy is cute!
Have a great Valentine's Day!

Pieces of Sunshine said...

The trees with the bronze leaves add a pleasant golden touch throughout the park. The little chickadee is very cute.

FotoAnna said...

What a beautiful post Eileen!
I really love it.
Greetings from Holland,
Anna :-))

alicesg said...

Beautiful scenery and nice place for hiking. Happy Valentine's Day.

Gattina said...

What a beautiful place for a walk, and this little Husky puppy is so cute !

Stephanie said...

Lovely place you visited. I love birds though I do not have the right lens for photographing them. One day....I will get the proper lens. In the meantime I will enjoy viewing yours through your lens. Thanks for stopping by my blog and you have a new follower.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Happy Valentine's Day Eileen...looks like you and hubby had a great visit to this beautiful place. The little dog looks so much like one that I had when I was a teenager...his name was Widget's Moses...can you imagine;)

Ingmarie We said...

Such a lovely place to visit. And your photos are incredibly beautiful.

Emille said...

Ah, I wannna go there, or any other place with a lot of green! Great captures!

ñOCO Le bOLO said...


· A good walk, for a very beautiful landscape, with the result of some great photos.

· from Spain

CR & LMA
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AVCr8teur said...

What a lovely place for a walk any time of the year! I can almost hear that waterfall.

Eden said...

What a lovely place for a hike! Beautiful photos as always, Eileen.

Rosemary said...

Your photo of the chickadee (my favorite bird) is one of the best I've seen! Great blog.

Patty said...

Well, that is one on me. Where is this park? I will have to check it out. Another great bird capture.