Sunday, August 19, 2012

Shenandoah Nat'l Park

I am linking up our day trip to Shenandoah Nat'l  Park with Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday

On Saturday, hubby and went on a daytrip to Shenandoah Nat'l Park. We hiked on the Limberlost Trail, checked out the Big Meadows and enjoyed the BBQ festival at the Skyland lodge. And of course I can not go anywhere without looking for the birds. I was happy with our hike on the Limberlost trail. I came across the Hoded Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warblers, Black & White Warblers, Blue-headed Vireo's, Tufted Titmouse, Chickadees, Cedar Waxwings and some Juncos. At the big meadows I saw a few Eastern Bluebirds.


A view of the Shenandoah valley from one of the overlooks.

A few of the scenes from the Limberlost trail. A cute deer and one of my favorite birds the Hooded Warbler. A Monarch butterfly and some wildflowers.


The Hooded Warbler seen on the Limberlost Trail.


We were happy to have lunch at the Skyland BBQ  and to walk around the festival. They were playing some Bluegrass music while we were there.


Some scenes from the Skyland festival, hubby enjoyed a smores with chocolate chip cookies, marshmellows and the Hershey's chocolate. A swallowtail butterfly, Cedar Waxwing and an Eastern Bluebird.

Eastern Bluebird


I hope you enjoyed my Shenandoah visit and photos.
To see more wonderful photos and mosaics please visit Mosaic Monday  and Our World Tuesday.

Thanks to Mary of Mosaic Monday and to the hosting group of Our World Tuesday: Arija, Gattina, Lady Fi, Sylvia and Sandy.
Also, thank you for stopping by and for the nice comments. Your visits are always appreciated. Have a safe and happy week ahead.

66 comments:

Dianne said...

beautiful scenes!!
I love the puff of white cloud in the top shot
and the deer :)

looks like a wonderful day trip

Sue said...

What a fun day! I'm glad you were able to see so many birds. Love that hooded Warbler--I've never seen one....

Julie G. said...

Looks like you had a great time at Shenandoah National park! Lovely scenes. All of your photographs are stunning! My favorite has to be the Hooded Warbler. I have seen a female before but never a male. Thank you for sharing such beauty!

DIMI said...

Lovely photos!So many beautiful birds!!Have a nice week!Greetings from Athens!!

TexWisGirl said...

the hooded warbler is really cute! :)

Rohrerbot said...

Love the pics...the stunner today is the Hooded Warbler. Gorgeous bird and nice shot. They are so tricky to get a picture of. Beautiful area.

podso said...

Wonderful photos! Great shot of the deer, and the birds. You always do such nice photos of nature,

Vee said...

What beautiful country that is! I very much enjoyed seeing the hooded warbler...very brightly colored. What happened to the bluebird? Do the colors fade as the season passes or is this a female? We hardly ever see bluebirds anymore.
Looks like a fun day all the way around.

Lavender Cottage said...

I always look forward to the birds you share Eileen. We are probably alike in that I rarely photograph people.
Judith

Kay said...

Looks like a beautiful place.

Pam :) said...

Eileen, those views of Shenandoah Nat'l Park are beautiful.
I love the vivid color of the Hooded Warbler.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Another beautiful spot in our country. Great job of photographing your visit.
Thanks for stopping by. Grandson loved the lego store and Granddaughter loved the Coach store.:-D

Snap said...

The warbler is a real gem. Nature, birds and bar-b-que .... sounds like the perfect day to me!

Beth said...

What a beautiful place! Love your nature photography, especially the warbler.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Wow, Eileen, that is some amazing view!! Your pictures are lovely as always.
♥, Susan

Kim, USA said...

I notice warblers are so pretty. I do not know if there are warblers here in MI. Great shots Eileen thanks for sharing.


Kim,USA

orchid said...

Dearest EILEENINMD,
Wow, how wonderful your photos are♡♡♡
I love large picture of the the Hooded Warbler and your collage is great as well♬♬♬ Lovely nature!!!
Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Laurence Butler said...

Very nice Eileen. I can't imagine much better than getting some great looks at Wood Warblers in beautiful country and then going to a BBQ festival!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots of national park with such lovely birds.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I haven't been that way in many years, but I love Shenandoah Valley and the drive on the wonderful road that passes through it! Your bird photos are fabulous, Eileen!

I put my MM up late this week....busy weekend!

Betsy Adams said...

OH how I love that area, Eileen. We've been there twice and stayed at Skyland both times... LOVE IT!!!!!

Thanks for sharing. Makes me want to go back... But the next time we go, maybe you two can come and see us and we can hike together.
Hugs,
Betsy

magiceye said...

Lovely captures all!!

Hanne Bente said...

Great pictures and collages showing.
Wish you a good new week.
Hanne Bente

Cloudy said...

Herrliche Aufnahmen sind das wieder einmal. Dort hätte meine Kamera auch gut zu tun...:-)

Lieben Gruß
CL

Gattina said...

What a nice place you certainly had a lot of fun !

Bob Bushell said...

A nice festival you had, and good shots.

Claudia Moser said...

Simply wonderful!

diane b said...

Great bird shots, I like the pretty Hooded Warbler. It looks a scenic valley and a good place for hiking. I would be lining up with hubby for some s'mores. I had never heard of them until I went to San Francisco.

Dan Huber said...

Looks like a great place and a fun time. Wonderful photos Eileen!

Montanagirl said...

I love blogging. It allows me to meet new people with similar interests, and see the places they place, which I'll likely never get to see. Love that Hood Warbler!

My Little Home and Garden said...

The scenery is spectacular;do you know how lucky you are? I also love the hooded warbler. Your photos are always terrific!

Happyone said...

What a beautiful park to walk around in and enjoy.

Ingmarie We said...

Lovely photos and really great mosaics.

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Jill Harrison said...

always wonderful isn't it to be out walking with your camera. By chance we were at a festival on Sunday! Have a wonderful week.

Indrani said...

Your collage compositions stun me. Lovely!

betchai said...

you were rewarded, cute and beautiful pictures of birds, wildlife and landscape.

Gary said...

Great tour, Eileen. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Sylvia K said...

Gorgeous captures, wonderful mosaics and I do love the warblers! What a wonderful "walk around" you've taken us on, Eileen! Thanks as always for sharing the beauty! Have a great week!

Dianne said...

Your hooded warbler is just gorgeous Eileen
Hoping you have a lovely week in your corner of the world.

Robert Geiss said...

What a beautiful world you live in.


Please have you all a good Tuesday.


daily athens photo

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Wow! ~ Natures gifts all in one place ~ Great photos~ (A Creative Harbor)

Carver said...

Beautiful shots from the national park and also good shots from the festival. I always love your bird photography.

The French Hutch said...

Hi Eileen, Shenandoah National Park is know for beautiful scenery. Your photographs are amazing and show the beauty. The wildlife, nature trails and flowers made a beautiful mosaic. I love the shot of the Hooded Warbler. Bet the BBQ was good. Thanks for sharing your day…….

~Emily
The French Htuch

Al said...

Beautiful photos - this is a part of the country I'd love to visit.

colleen said...

Makes me feel right at home. I'm just a little further down the mountain on the Blue Ridge. Nice shots!

missing moments said...

Love your little warbler!

Nancy Claeys said...

The hooded warbler is amazing Eileen. Great capture!

Geli said...

good morning eileeninmd, wonderful photos you show here and warm greeting by Geli

Fun60 said...

What a wonderful series of photos. Particularly liked the warbler.

Stewart M said...

Hi there - great picture of the warbler - you have so many bright birds!

Stewart M - Australia

Phil said...

Looks like another one of your wonderful days out Eileen - birds, sunshine and smores with marshmallows. If only I knew what smores were? Sorry i cant send you any real Lapwings but I will send you a picture.

rainfield61 said...

You are a great birder.

lotusleaf said...

What a fun day! Great bird shots.

CameraCruise said...

Beautiful shots!
Looks like you had a wonderful day.

ladyfi said...

Oh, those shots are so magical. Love the goldfinch in the tree.

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

What lovely scenes.

ShySongbird said...

What a lovely day out Eileen. It sounded like great fun and you got some lovely photos! The Hooded Warbler is beautiful but I have been drooling over your butterflies on the earlier post as well as here. If I could have anything at all from your part of the world it would be the Monarchs, Swallowtails and of course Hummingbirds, then I would be in paradise ;-) We do have a Swallowtail here but only in one small area of the country.

The BBQ and the Bluegrass music sounded fun too :-)

Debbie said...

WoW, it looks like you had an awesome time at shenandoah park, what a lovely place. your photographs are beautiful the hooded warbler is for sure my favorite.

NatureFootstep said...

such a great day you had. :)

laura.forestdreams:) said...

looks like a great day!!

i LOVE the hooded warbler!! SO CUTE, and he really does look like he has on one of those knitted ski caps!!

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DeniseinVA said...

Great pictures and a great day Eileen. We almost went up that way this past weekend but my foot was giving me a problem and I couldn't walk very far. We went to our local favorite and walked around the pond instead. Thanks for stopping by and wishing son a happy birthday and hope your week is going great.

Debra said...

Lovely pics...I love the bird pictures! :)

Reminds me of my grandmother ..she had a bird identification book handy and would always point out this that or the other one to me...

Mary Howell Cromer said...

I always so enjoy your shares and while I have never been here, I have thought that it would be gorgeous as you shared it, from the landscapes to the birds and so much more. It looks as though you all surely enjoyed yourselves~

Yael Ben-Ari said...

Eileen,

Thanks for coming by. These are lovely shots of the Shenandoah National Park. The BBQ looked like fun. Lots of lovely birds. I am particularly taken by the hooded warbler. I would love to visit Shenandoah. My sister lives near DC so it would be close enough. We made it to Charlottsville on a previous trip when we visited Monticello. A very nice town.

Yael from Home Garden Diggers

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