Thursday, April 12, 2012

SWF>>>Wilkes Barre, PA

I am linking up with Skywatch Friday  with more of my Wilkes Barre, Pa photos from last weekend.
We spent Friday night after our hike at the Ricketts Glen State Park in Wilkes Barre, Pa. So Saturday morning we had the day free for looking around the city and a slow drive home on a beautiful day.

 A view of the river with a pretty blue sky and some wispy clouds.


We checked out the Susquehanna River Levee Trail and the Kirby Park.  In my post below you can see the Red-Tailed Hawk my best bird seen in the park. Other birds seen were mostly Mourning Doves, Pigeons and House Sparrows and one Mallard Duck in the river.

Kirby Park was pretty with a nice pond and pavilions around for picnics and the baseball diamonds looked to be popular on this day.

 Near the river trail in Wilkes Barre is the Irem Temple . Years ago it became empty and the city of Wilkes Barre was trying to find a new purpose for this lovely building with the neat towers. I took this shot from across the bridge and was trying to zoom in on the towers, I liked the design. Located in the city with the nearby college buildings and church nearby it looks somehow out of place? Squeezed in there, but check out the link for Irem Temple. It shows an older shot of the temple sitting by itself and no other buildings near it.

Back in the Kirby park, I have a pretty reflection of the Apple Blossom tree and the sky. This reflection shot was my favorite shot of the day.

A closer view of the blossom and the pretty blue sky.


And just because it is cute, I threw this Song Sparrow in. I could hear this bird singing a long time before I was able to find it in the tree.

Thanks for stopping by to see my skies and post. To see more beautiful skies please visit Skywatch Friday.  Thanks to the host: Sylvia, Sandy and Wren. I hope everyone has a great weekend with beautiful skies.



48 comments:

Timeless said...

I like the peaceful settings, relaxing and soothing. The song sparrow is nice. Reminds me of the native red heading mountain sparrows we have where the Male would sing in the blossom loaded fruit trees for a mate in Spring. I often here them in the Landscape business where I worked. Their music and singing are beautiful unlike the abundant chatterings of the common English Sparrows of cities.

I added the same thing at the end of my post with Salome Cage/Cactus Bar and a Chihuahua at the end.

Cheers, Kevin

Linda said...

What a beautiful series of photos, Eileen! I loved the reflection of the trees also...but that first shot of the river was a beauty. They show such a peaceful looking place. That temple does look rather squeezed-in in your photo, but that could also be perspective. Lovely looking building!

Ann said...

I like those rockets stuck in the temple. LOl, they look so skinny, can anyone get through them?

Dianne said...

the hawk below is majestic!

Kirby Park is lovely
the apple blossoms are so pretty
I love the temple, the spires are amazing
beautiful post from top to bottom

Debbie said...

oh eileen, those apple blossoms took my breath away, your header with the reflection is my favorite in a long time.

i also like the shot of the temple. you know of some amazing places that i would love to see. lucky me, that i get to see them here!!

TexWisGirl said...

wow! you really should link this in to weekend reflections tomorrow, too. these are beautiful!!!

Caroline Gill said...

What a glorious photo of the apple blossom, Eileen! A wonderful post from beginning to end. We are enjoying the cherry blossom here in the UK, but the brisk wind and April showers mean that it will soon be gone ...

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

Love the apple blossom trees and their reflections, it makes a beautiful header!

Have a great weekend Eileen.

Carver said...

What a beautiful place. I enjoyed all the shots. The first one is my favorite.

Nature Rambles said...

Wonderful captures of the day! Love the reflections and the wispy clouds. My favourite is your header photo. Awesome!

ladyfi said...

So beautiful! Love the serenity of the first two shots.

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

Beautiful blue skies & blooms!

I clicked on your dog & cat blog & a great big WARNING sign popped up telling me something was wrong here & said I shouldn't enter... just wanted to let ya know that it looks like there's a virus attached to it. =0

Michelle Renee said...

Gorgeous tree blossoms and a cute lil' sparrow, too. :)

Rohrerbot said...

Great shots my friends. Very reflective....like the state I am in today. I'm on auto getting through my workday. Lovely walk.

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

A lovely selection.

Sylvia K said...

What a wonderful collection of captures for the day, Eileen! Love the reflections, the apple blossoms and such a cute little bird! Perfect! Hope you have a lovely weekend!

Sylvia

Betsy from Tennessee said...

What a gorgeous place, Eileen... As I have told you, we are thinking about checking out that area sometime...

That temple is interesting... BUT--your Apple Blossom reflection photo is AWESOME.
Hugs,
Betsy

Irene said...

Gorgeous shots ... lovely scenery, looks so peaceful!

The blooming trees are wonderful, guess wee have to wait some weeks to see it here.

Wish you a great weekend!

Greetings Irene

Gary said...

I was in Wilkesbarre, when I was a young teen, but I don't remember much of it. Beautiful blosoms. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Kay L. Davies said...

A wonderful assortment of photos, Eileen. I love the song sparrow, and your blossoms are just gorgeous.
K

Gina Gao said...

These pictures are so soothing. I really enjoy the pictures that you had to share. Thanks for sharing.

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Rajesh said...

Beautiful place, very scenic.

rainfield61 said...

The lush green in the third picture is is attracting.

Kim, USA said...

I so so love these photos. The reflection is fantastic!

That is impressive!

SWF

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, Boy, oh boy, those magenta Apple blossoms are sure striking to see in the reflection! Have a super Friday!

betchai said...

the sky and the lake pictures are very relaxing Eileen, love the architecture and reflection picture of the pink blossoms too, lovely pictures.

Jim said...

Marvellous shots.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Randi said...

These images are enchanted and it looks so serene and relaxing!

Elaine said...

Beautiful series of shots, especially the reflection shot!

Reader Wil said...

Thanks Eileen for the beautiful walk the reflection of thr red trees is brilliant! And the song sparrow is cute. Have a great weekend.

Steffi said...

Very beautiful photos for SWF,Eileen!Thank you for sharing and have a nice weekend!

NatureFootstep said...

I like the kind of clouds in your first shot. Looks a little like feathers. :)

laurak@forestwalkart said...

love your header picture.

and all the other shots...great!! especially that calm...water...so smooth and still...black ice...with the faintest sky reflection.

beautiful!!

FotoAnna said...

So beautiful, Eileen!
I have enjoyed your photo's...
Greetings from Holland,
Anna :-))

sceneoftranquility said...

I love the reflection and the beautiful scenery here.

chubskulit said...

Good heavens! These are gorgeous Eileen! Happy weekend!

Liza said...

What beautiful photos. Happy sky watching.

My Sky.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Lovely skies and water in the first two photos. The park looks a lovely place for a wander!

Gattina said...

Beautiful landscapes, skies and reflections !

Denise said...

Another really neat series of photos Eileen, just beautiful! That building with the towers is so very interesting and also very beautiful. Thanks for the link.

Mama Zen said...

What a lovely place! And, the song sparrow is adorable!

HansHB said...

Lovely photos!

Jan said...

Beautiful photos, Eileen, and I am especially impressed by the stillness of the water that you captured.
Love your new header.

Gillian Olson said...

Beautiful pictures, like those whispy skies, the temple and that cute little song sparrow.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

The apple blossom tree reflection is stunning! Happy skywatch Friday.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful park and walk -- the reflection is beautiful. That temple skyline is intriguing, looks like an elaborate cut-paper work!

Linda G. said...

LOVE the reflection of the apple blossom trees in the water!

NixBlog said...

Lovely shots. That temple looks like something out of the Arabian Nights!