Sunday, July 7, 2013

Hashawha Nature Center

  I am linking up with Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday .

July 7, 2013

On the morning of July 4, hubby and I went on a hike at a local park called Hashawha Nature Center. We try to take our walks early in the morning to avoid the hot & humid afternoon. We took the longer loop trail which goes by several ponds, an old homestead, pine forest, trail lined with daylilies and the Raptor Center.

Some of my other posts on Hashawha Nature Center



This trail leads to the Raptor Center. I loved passing along all these pretty daylilies.




I usually do not like taking photos of the caged birds but, they do have a nice raptor center with a Bald Eagle, Barred Owls, Great Horned Owls, Screech Owl and a vulture. Of course they are injured in some way and can not be released into the wild. 


I loved seeing all the different dragonflies around the lake. 


I believe this is an Amberwing dragonfly. The amber color on this one is beautiful.


Another pond we passed, we saw lots of mushrooms and these pretty bee balm flowers.




The Robin was enjoying these berries!


The Gray Catbird and Robins seemed to be the birds of the day. It was nice to have a day off work, for us it was an extra day to be out walking and enjoying nature.


I hope you enjoyed my walk, post and photos. Thanks for visiting my blog. I always appreciate your comments.
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 Thanks to our host: Mary our host of Mosaic Monday and to the hosting group of Our World Tuesday: Arija, Gattina, Lady Fi, Sylvia, Sandy and Jennifer.  I wish everyone a happy week!

77 comments:

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful images Eileen.

✿ chica said...

Muito lindas todas! beijos,chica

Lavender Cottage said...

Nice to see more of the park Eileen and the amberwing dragonfly is a beautiful insect.
Judith

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Beautiful picks.. Lovely place. Congrats and regards..

Vee said...

The green path through the daylilies looks so cool and inviting. Seeing the bee balm makes me eager for my own to bloom. I'm going to have more than one this year and I'm pretty excited about that.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You've still got beautiful orange daylilies blooming there. And I love the dragonflies. We have the bright blue ones here. Hugs!

Crafty Green Poet said...

what a lovely place! The lily lined walk looks wonderful and the dragonfly is gorgeous

Sue said...

Beautiful, Eileen. Love the amber wing--how interesting.Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Leora said...

This looks like a fun place to visit, Eileen. You were smart to avoid the heat, though I wilt even at 8 am in this weather.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Thanks for sharing your trip and great shots of nature. I don't move quick enough or have the patience to get the kind of pictures you do, so always enjoy what you have to share.
Thanks for stopping by. It is very unusual that the geranium survived the Winter. I just never got around to breaking off the dead part last Fall and when got ready to plant annuals this Spring I saw some green peeking thru, so gave it a shot of miracle grow and it survived.:)

Betsy Adams said...

Looks like a beautiful place to hike/walk... You have so many great places not far from you.

I don't like to see caged birds either --but if they are injured, I guess being caged is a good thing... Bless their hearts.

Lots of great photos. Thanks for sharing.
Hugs,
Betsy

TexWisGirl said...

the amberwing is really pretty! the catbird and robin made me smile. :)

Still Woods Farmhouse said...

Your photos are gorgeous. What type of camera do you use? We have some lovely red and blue birds everywhere this time of year, but I can never get a good photo. Any tips? I am a new follower and am visiting from Mosaic Monday. Have a wonderful day and I hope you get a chance to visit me at Still Woods Farmhouse. I posted my first ever mosaic/collage today!
Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

My Little Home and Garden said...

That looks like an incredible place to walk, Eileen, with the various kinds of vegetation adding to the beauty.

-Karen

Lynne said...

Gorgeous . . . Amber Winged Dragon Fly . . . and the splash of color from the Bee Balm . . . such photo treats you bring from your nature walks!

DIMI said...

So beautiful images Eileen from a wonderful walk!!!What a lovely place!!!And all those preety flowers and birds you saw!!!I realy enjoyed your post!!!Have a lovely weekend!!
Dimi...

Brian King said...

What a beautiful place! I like your dragonfly and Catbird photos! We have a state wildlife center here that takes in injured Bald Eagles.

Carole M. said...

oh another lovely walk; what a treat Eileen; that nature centre is beautiful and full of it! Your photographs are great; thanks for sharing

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Another beautiful place and photos Eileen! I looked this up and see that it's doable from where I live, I have another place I think we need to visit!

Montanagirl said...

Love that Amber Wing! All your photos are really good, and nicely presented.

Mary Kiss said...

Beautiful photos Eileen. My bee balm flower is ready to bloom and I am surprise of that mushroom it's red right?

Mary, MI

Kathy said...

Wow such lovely photos, I just love all of nature and you have captured it so well. I am coming over from Mosaic Monday. I would have loved to been along with you on your walk. Enjoy a wonderful new week. Kathy

pattisjarrett said...

What a lovely place you have to walk.

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

awesome dragonfly - lately i keep seeing some of the greatest & most different dragonflies - that i've never seen before. so cool!! love it.

have a great week. ( :

ellen b said...

Beautiful images, Eileen. I really did enjoy this walk with you...

Kay said...

Just beautiful

Nancy Reinke said...

Fabulous photos, Eileen. I enjoyed taking the tour with you. The photo of the robin in the berries is my favorite. Just something about the bend of his head that grabbed me. Nice work all around.

Lorrie said...

What a lovely place for a walk. The pathway through the lilies is pretty as a poem. Wonderful photos of the dragon flies.

Rebecca said...

Love the dragonfly photos! Beautiful wings on the Amberwing... I also love the expression of the Robin :)

Rajesh said...

Beautiful place with so much greenery. Lovely birds.

Elaine said...

What a lovely place to walk. You got some wonderful images!

Pondside said...

The cool air seems to waft right out of some of your photos. I love the dragonflies - I could lie back on the lawn and watch them for ages.

Digi-Irma said...

Looks like a beautiful place to walk.
The nature is beautiful.
Your photographs are great.
Regards, Irma

Caroline Gill said...

That Amberwing is really special, Eileen! We saw a rare dragonfly this weekend ... it seems they are just beginning to appear in my neck of the woods! Better late than never ... after the awful winter.

Phil said...

Looks like you found yet another lovely trail to explore Eileen. Lovely shots again. Like you I don't like seeing birds in cages but if they are unjured and used for education and breeding puproses it seems much better. Have a great week ahead.

acreativeharbor.com said...

Beautiful photography ~ wonderful 'walks' you take ~ Happy Day to you ^_^

Thanks for 'visiting.'

Jo said...

So good to see you again, Eileen! Thanks for all your visits and comments while I've been absent from Blogger. Re caged/injured birds, we sponsor a Spotted Eagle Owl back in SA. He is used for shows and we know he cannot be released back into the wild! I love the Catbird photos. Hope you're having a great week. Jo

DeniseinVA said...

What a neat place to visit and as I always do, I loved looking through your photos, all so pretty and interesting. I particularly loved the close up of the dragonfly today. Amazing to see those critters up so close. It's hard enough to take a photo of the birds, but I find dragonflies near impossible to take shots of. Great photos!!!

p.s. thank you also for stopping by and leaving your sweet comments wishing me a happy birthday :)

DeniseinVA said...

pps. I also want to thank you for wishing Gregg a happy retirement. I am not quite awake yet ;)

Gattina said...

Beautiful place ! I love the owl picture !

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, I sure like Catbirds, and your pictures of the American Robin and the berries are neat. Have a fabulous coming week!

inge said...

I must admit owls are probably my favourite birds. There is something so mysterious and beautiful about them. Have a good week

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Yes, Eileen, I so enjoyed my walk with you through the nature center. That close up of the cat bird is awesome. And just look at all that beautiful green! What a glorious outing.

My computer is running properly now. And hopefully after I jinxed it with my morning post [I had to go have the modem replaced after I posted]...all's well that ends well.

KaHolly said...

Oh, what a lovely walk!! Everything in bloom there is still
just in the budding stage up here. I esp. love the picture of the verdant trail leading into the Raptor Center. I've never visited a Raptor Center before, but I so appreciate their efforts.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Love the walk! That is such a great place. The dragonfly is incredibly beautiful -- and its great that he sat still for you,

Mama Zen said...

Gorgeous shots!

EG CameraGirl said...

I enjoy walking in well-kept place like this but, like you, I feel bad about the caged birds.

beyondzephyr.com said...

Beautiful place to enjoy! Love the name catbird even though the bird doesn't look anything like a cat :-)

Gary said...

I'm not sure I've seen an amber winged dragonfly. Great series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Wow, it's so pretty! Sad about the injured birds, but it's great that they have a place to be safe. Thanks for sharing!

Sylvia K said...

What an incredible series of shots, Eileen! Such a beautiful place to walk and enjoy nature! I, too, feel sad about the caged birds, but I guess it's the only way to protect them.

Merlesworld said...

What a beautiful place.
Merle......

Noel Morata said...

Hi Eileen,

love all thew ildlife in your garden, looks lovely

debra @ homespun said...

your pictures are always so extraordinary! :) I think your catbird is my favorite this time...though it is always hard to pick a fave, lol...:)

Barb said...

What a great hike. I'd leave early, too - can't take the heat. What a fabulous dragonfly photo!

Cynthia said...

Lovely photos of the dragonflies!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I have never seen a catbird! Very cool!

Al said...

What a great walk and nice photos of it. I hope those birds get better!

Indrani said...

Those dragon flies have such beautiful wings.

Gemma Wiseman said...

So enjoyed this fascinating walk with you! The amber winged dragonfly especially struck me as being very beautiful!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

This looks like a very pretty nature center! You are so fortunate to have so much natural areas in your location, Eileen.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

That looks like a great walk. I loved the dragonfly. I don't think I've ever seen one like that.

Meghana Hassan said...

Wow, grt photo series...

Reader Wil said...

Hi Eileen! Thanks for the wonderful hike! I loved all your photos, showing your beautiful surroundings and wild life. Have a great week.
Wil

Birgitta said...

Wonderful nature photos!

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen,
Yes, I really enjoyed the walk with you at Hashawha Nature Center♡♡♡
My husband who loved to collect dragonflies when little, was amazed with the Amberwing dragonfly and admired all of your pictures, my friend♬♬♬

Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Fun60 said...

So much to see in that park. The early part of the day is always the best. As they say 'The early bird catches the worm'.

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Thank your for this wonderful walk with you. Fantastic photos. The dragonflies are a bit different to our area. Nice !
Best regards, Synnöve

diane b said...

A lovely walk especially by the day lilies. Everything is so green.

Minoru Saito said...

Hi! Very beautiful place. Your photos are very beautiful. Thank you for sharing.
Wishing you a wonderful week.

Carver said...

What a wonderful place to explore. All the shots are great.

Liz Needle said...

I wish I could have been on your walk, but your photos make the place look amazing. I really love your bird shots - and the glorious little dragonfly

Debbie said...

you have the best walks among nature eileen, it's just been too hot for me!!

my yard is loaded with catbirds and they sure do pose nicely for the camera.....now if i could just get them talkin' to my cardinals!!

NatureFootstep said...

O dear, I was confused about that dragonfly. Looked like small flags on the wings. :)

Life Images by Jill said...

looks like a beautiful place for a walk. I agree that early morning walks are the best way to go when the light and air temperature is perfect.
Have a wonderful week, and thanks for stopping by my blog this week.

Chris Rohrer said...

I'm with you on the caged birds, but I'm also understanding better how they can help with public education. Lovely trail!

Joyful said...

It's always nice to enjoy the cool of a beautiful forest. The photos are lovely. Have a great week.