Sunday, August 11, 2013

Fair Hill Nature Center

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

 On Saturday, hubby and I took our walk at a new place (for us) called the Fair Hill Nature Center in Elkton, Md. Fair Hill is 5,656 acre natural resource management area. It is bordered by Pennsylvania to the north and Delaware is less than a mile away. The Farm and land was originally owned by William duPont Jr an equestrian, who enjoyed riding the fields as well as fox chasing. In 1975 the state of Maryland purchased the property from Mr duPont's estate. Fair Hill hosts the annual Cecil County fair, steeplechases, turf course and flat races.



 FOXCATCHER FARM COVERED BRIDGE ..constructed in 1860 a Maryland landmark.



  BIG ELK CREEK...a popular spot for the anglers.The trails are open to hikers, bikers and equestrians.


Tiger Swallowtail butterflies seen along the trail and Big Elk Creek.



Pond at Fair Hills...lots of white and pink hibiscus and some pretty Cardinal Flowers. I would love to re-visit Fair Hills in the spring to see the Bobolinks, Meadowlarks and Grasshopper Sparrow which are regular breeders seen in the fields.





On the way home from Fair Hill we stopped for another walk at the SUSQUEHANNA RIVER...Bald Eagle..Double-crested Cormorants, Great Blue Heron.

 As always, I hope you enjoy my post and 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!

73 comments:

Pondside said...

What a beautiful spot! I'd love to see scenes from the Cecil County fair - I'll bet it's fun.

TexWisGirl said...

very pretty area. like the butterflies 'ponding' or whatever they call it. :)

Lynne said...

Gorgeous . . . I can't believe the gathering of Tiger Swallowtail butterflies . . .

Marco Luyken said...

Hey Eileen,
Very great shots of all these different areas. Very nice to see there so much butterflies on one place. That must be fantastic to see in real.

Many greetings,
Marco

Icy BC said...

They are gorgeous photos, Eileen! Love love the covered bridge and the tiger swallowtail shots..Have a good week!

podso said...

These are so nice to see. I love the Covered Bridge pictures. they so often are red and just make good subject material for a photo!

Sue said...

Love all those tiger swallowtails. We see a few here, but not that many all together. Nice!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

So many pretty places to visit - thanks for sharing them with us.
Have a great week.

Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely photos, specially the butterflies, beautiful to see them all together like that

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Wow! You saw an eagle! We haven't seen one lately here. Love your nature photos and today my favorite is the covered bridge with the reflection of it in the water below! Gorgeous!

pattisjarrett said...

This is a beautiful place. And now I know where all the butterflies are hanging out this summer!

Carole M. said...

what a treasure of a spot Eileen!! That bridge reminded me of the movie - of which I can't remember the name though, right now. You will know. Why did they cover them? Very quaint. Was it in part a safety/sides thing perhaps? I would love to walk that walk.

George said...

Fair Hill is a beautiful place for a walk. I really like that covered bridge, and the creek is beautiful. You did a great job on your collages.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

What a pretty place. I love the covered bridge and the butterflies. I haven't seen any butterflies here this year.

Caroline Gill said...

What a fascinating place, Eileen ... and I think those Tiger Swallowtails are amazing! I have been in Philadelphia, picnicked (in January!) on the banks of the River Delaware, but have not had the chance to visit this area.

Brian King said...

Beautiful covered bridge! Very nice butterfly shots, too!

Valerie said...

A lovely series of captures, Eileen - I especially like the pond with its reflections. Must admit I too wonder why bridges were covered. (Perhaps the movie Carole was thinking of may have been "Bridges of Madison County" ?)
Thanks for stopping by my blog and wishing you a wonderful week.

noel said...

thanks for taking us a wonderful nature tour Eileen, enjoyed it

Come link up with us today for Travel Photo Mondays, the link is open all week.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Lovely mosaics and shares. I always enjoy seeing covered bridges. My husby's family has property in Georgia called Cromer's Mill and they also have a covered bridge. It sure looks like you all saw some wonderful nature along with many birds. Happy week~

acreativeharbor.com said...

Another beautiful place and such excellent photography ~ thank, carol, xo

Beth said...

What a beautiful place, Eileen! I loved seeing the tiger swallowtails all together - unusual to see so many at one spot. They must be getting a drink? The pond photos are lovely as well. You are an excellent photographer!
Beth

Poppy said...

Eileen,

I cannot take my eyes of that pond mosaic!! How beautifully green and serene and full of beautiful flowers and wildlife! Gorgeous!

Poppy

Blackberry Lane said...

Beautiful photos and I especially love the butterflies. Wishing you a nice week.

Stephanie said...

Love the butterflies!

grammie g said...

Hi Eileen.. Lovely post, love those covered bridges so quaint!!
Amazing all those butterflies together, I hope I see a sight like that sometime!
The flowers, and the water are a nice sight, I have the Cardinal Plant in my garden the Hummingbirds love it!!

Have a good week
Grace

Lavender Cottage said...

What an amazing area full of wildlife, so many swallowtails at once is exciting. Can't help but think of Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood every time I see a covered bridge.
Judith

SquirrelQueen said...

It all looks so peaceful. I adore that covered bridge and those sweet swallowtails.

Mama Zen said...

What a gorgeous place! I love your pictures.

Life Images by Jill said...

you always bring us another lovely place for a walk Eileen - and this is not exception. Beautiful.
I love the covered bridge - I had never heard of them I think until I watched "The Bridges of Madison County".
Have a wonderful week Eileen.

Lea said...

A wonderful place to walk.
Beautiful nature and wildlife photos! Have a great week!
Lea
Lea's Menagerie

Our photos said...

Beautiful photos!
Have a nice day! RW & SK

DIMI said...

Hallo Eileen!!!
What a lovely place!!! I love the covered bridge and the butterflies!!!Great shots and pictures!!!Hope you have a happy new week!!!Hugs!!!
Dimi...

Digi-Irma said...

Hi Eileen,
Beautiful pictures of different landscapes.
The butterflies are beautiful.

Greetings Irma

diane b said...

It looks a beautiful place for walking. Love the track by the river.

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen,
Really unique bridge, isn't it♪ Tiger Swallowtail butterflies are SO wonderful♡♡♡ How I wish to see them; it is rare seeing butterflies recently(^^;)
Pond at Fair Hills☆☆☆ Might I be with you for your wonderful strolling in the nature p;)

PS> So sorry for my recent absence and belated comment. I hope you are having a wonderful new week with lovely nature of yours.
Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako *

Bob Bushell said...

Brilliant day out Eileen, I'd love to go out snapping in that area.

Veronica Roth said...

Those covered bridges are so iconic. I love them. You know what? I have a file of inspirational photos from the internet and there are dozens of covered bridge images usually in autumn! Must be a favourite image of mine...lol. Actually anything autumn is a favourite image of mine. Do you love autumn too? Your park must be spectacular then. One of these fine years I'm going to rent a cabin somewhere in the Laurentians for September and October and just sit there watching the leaves change. Well, I might bring my camera and paints with me. :) Hope you have a lovely rest of the week Eileen. :)

Stewart M said...

The butterflies are great - I can see why this place would be popular with fishermen.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Noushka said...

What a gorgeous place you have discoverer here!
I have always wondered what was the use of these covered bridges!
The Tiger swallowtail is a magnificent butterfly!
Lovely reportage, Eileen!
Cheerio, keep well!

aspiritofsimplicity said...

So pretty. I haven't been into the wood much this season. I plan on walking a little nature preserve today. I loved seeing all the butterflies in your picture.

Dan Huber said...

very nice photos Eileen - love the covered bridges.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

I enjoy to visit you each week to see what interesting things you have seen this week. The covered bridge was wonderful as there are not many around anymore and that one was in good condition. The flowers along the river were gorgeous and I loved the butterflies. Valerie

MJ said...

Gosh, you are very creative with the collages. They are nice. I am especially fond of that covered bridge. I haven't come across any of those around here. Beautiful. And the butterfly is gorgeous!!

Karen said...

All beautiful mosaics! I like the old covered bridges. Your world is lovely!

Lorrie said...

A beautiful spot, Eileen, full of nature's peace. Love the clusters of butterflies. Great photos. Thank you.

debra @ HOMESPUN said...

The bridge pics remind me of one that we have at a local park....have never seen more than 1 butterfly at a time so that was quite interesting! :)

Happyone said...

Love the covered bridges!!!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

How wonderful to see that whole gathering of butterflies. You have the best places for day trips. Amazing (both of the walks).

EG CameraGirl said...

You find so many wonderful places to walk, Eileen. Yes, do check it out next spring!

Denise at Forest Manor said...

Wow, Eileen! WHAT a fantastic day you had! This is such a gorgeous area. I love the red covered bridge. We are supposed to have a few covered bridges left in N.C., but I'm not sure where they're located. Love the flower pics, and as always, you captured some great bird pics. I've never seen a real bald eagle in my life, and I'm amazed at how many bloggers have gotten pictures of them. Maybe one day... :)

Thanks for your visit and have a wonderful week!

Denise

Leora said...

What a great collection of photos. The butterflies are marvelous. Everything looks peaceful. I like the cardinal flowers.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Wow, look at all those butterflies! How pretty. And I really like that covered bridge. Great photos!

Montanagirl said...

Very beautiful there! I really like that butterfly photo. I guess they need to drink water too!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, I'm Oohing and Aahing over that Bald Eagle adn the Tiger Swallowtail Butterflies. Amazing sights! Have a great Tuesday tomorrow!

Gary Phillips said...

Great Swallowtail images!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Reader Wil said...

Hi Eileen! I enjoyed the hike with you. You showed us the most beautiful spots of your country.thanks for your visit.

Steve Borichevsky said...

Nice Bridge. I love the image in the lower right.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

This spot is just so gorgeous and peaceful. You've captured it's essence so well.

Linda Kittmer said...

Stunning shots and I love your collage presentation.

Leovi said...

Great photos! What pretty bridges!

DeniseinVA said...

Wonderful series and a new place you've told us about Eileen, thank you. Thank you also for your sweet comment about Gregg's retirement, I think so too and he really appreciated you saying so :)

Sandy Carlson said...

Looks like an exquisite place.

Meghana Hassan said...

Wow, what a beautiful series of captures..

ladyfi said...

What lovely shots of bridge and those charming butterflies!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

What a lovely place to visit! The covered bridge reminds me of New England--I never knew there was one in Maryland!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots of the place, very scenic.

KL said...

What a lovely place and what nice information and pictures you provided. Thanks.

~✽Mumsy✽~ said...

Just a marvelous post and a huge joy to see! I love the covered bridge, the butterflies, and soothing nature shots!

Carver said...

I love the covered bridge. The shot with the mass of butterflies is great and I always love your bird shots.

Kerri Farley said...

Looks like a FAB place to visit!!

Bi Ti said...

How lovely, thanks sharing your world Eileen :).

mick said...

A great series of photos and such a beautiful place. The walking trails really look nice.

Liz said...

What a lovely area, Eileen! Beautiful images.