Sunday, February 2, 2014

Great Falls Nat'l Park

  I am linking up with Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday 

This weekend hubby and I took our walk along the C&O Canal and to see the Great Falls in Maryland.  The first thing I noticed looking across the Potomac River were a pair of Bald Eagles at a nest.  Other birds seen along the river were the Canada Geese and some Mallards.

Bald Eagles at nest on Potomac River & Great Falls, Md

It is always a treat for me to see the eagles. I am happy that they seem to be doing so well.



Some scenic shots from Great Falls National Park, Md. It is a simple pleasure to go out for a walk and enjoy nature scenes and to look for birds.


Snow, ice and rushing water at the Great Falls National Park in Maryland.


 Hooded Mergansers at a local Maryland lake.



Three male Hooded Merganser with two female Hooded Mergansers.


Mixed group of Canada geese and some Common Mergansers.

It was a warmer weekend, Sunday we had temps in the mid 50's and it was partly cloudy. It was nice to be able to go out for a walk and not have to worry about snow and ice.  I hope everyone had a great weekend.

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68 comments:

Stephanie said...

Lovely collages!

A Quiet Corner said...

Maryland has so much to offer for waterfowl and eagles too! Our adults have returned and will hopefully have another successful nest!...:)JP

Ela said...

Beautiful collection of pictures
Have a nice week :)

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

You must get chill bumps watching the eagles fly around and feeding their young in the nest!!
the river fun is beautiful too!! Wild and cold!! Nice shots!!

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

I enjoyed your walk, especially the eagle nest! :)

TexWisGirl said...

the falls are beautiful. the mergansers made me laugh. just love those eagles!

Lynne said...

What a thrill it must be to see the Eagles in person. I am thrilled just seeing your photos! Great shots . . .

EG CameraGirl said...

Lucky you to see the bald eagles!

Evi @ sexta-feira said...

I like your pictures! I think I've been there, but I'm still confused with all the different parks of the area!


Happy new month!

me (maria) said...

So beautiful photos!!
Have a great week!

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

i will make sure to write this National Park down to see ... that waterfall is amazing!! have you heard that bald eagles on getting low again? i wonder if they will be on the "endangered list" again? i see them all the time. ( :

Gail Dixon said...

Wow, the merganser numbers are more impressive than ours. Lots of great looks at these. Great job on the eagles, too!

Pondside said...

It looks like you had perfect weather for taking pictures.
I always get a bit of a thrill when I see a bald eagle or hear their particular cry.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I managed to see a bald eagle fly across the highway on our drive to Florida. It was a first for me to see one in the wild but there was no camera op unfortunately. It would be interesting to watch a pair at their nest.

Betsy Adams said...

Love that waterfall. It looks different in winter. Gorgeous...

Seeing the eagles had to be a huge treat... WOW.
Hugs,
Betsy

Brian King said...

Love the falls shots! Very scenic. I've never seen an eagle's nest. They're very cool and the size is amazing!

Lorrie said...

A beautiful place for a walk. The rushing water in the midst of the wintry landscape is so pretty. How great to see the eagles nesting, too. There are lots of them in our area. Always a welcome sight.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Great Falls isn't that far from me, and you've reminded me that I should go there--It's a beautiful place in any season--And seeing eagles never gets old for me either.

George said...

Great Falls is as beautiful in winter as it was when we were there. Unfortunately we didn't see any eagles when we visited.

Mary said...

Gorgeous! I love the photos of the eagles! Fantastic!

Blackberry Lane said...

So happy you could get out and enjoy the surrounding beauty. The eagles are grand. Thanks for sharing with us.

Debbie said...

You take the best walks and see the most amazing wildlife!! Seeing the eagles is such an exciting and memorable experience!!

Wasn't it just beautiful day?! We had a great outing as well even though we didn't see the seals!!

Sandy Carlson said...

These are pure magic! Thank you, Eileen.

Montanagirl said...

Such wild beauty there! Your collages are very nice as always.

Jeanne said...

LOVE your shots here! and how awesome to get the shots of the eagles. such amazing and powerful birds these are. we ocassionally have a pair of eagles around our cabin, but havent seen them this year.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Oh wonderful photos. It is nice to see places we might never get to go to ourselves. Love the ducks.

Regina said...

Wonderful collage and collections Eileen.

Have a great new week.

xo

DIMI said...

Good morning Eileen!!!You really had a nice walk!!What a lovely place!How lucky you are seeing all those beautiful birds,and the eagles!The waterfall is amazing!Thank you for sharing!Hope you have a happy week!!Hugs!
Dimi...

DeniseinVA said...

Super photos Eileen, loved seeing the eagles on their nest. What a treat! I haven't as yet seen Great Falls from the Maryland side yet, always been on the Virginia side. Need to rectify that situation :)

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Lovely photos....these eagles are really special!

Have a great week,
Ruby

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Wonderful photos of the birds and marvelous pictures of the water. Great !
Have a nice new week, Eileen.
Best regards, Synnöve

Poppy said...

Amazing mosaics, Eileen! I've never seen Hooded Mergansers; their name suits them perfectly! The photos of the falls, the movement of the water amid the landscape are beautiful!

Thanks for sharing and have a lovely week!

Poppy

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Wonderful Bald Eagle shots and I love the shots of that raging water!!

Noushka said...

Hello Eileen,
Bald and Fish eagles are generally hardy and efficient... if man leaves them alone!!
But I think it is the case now in many places around the world.
That is surely exiting to see a pair by a nest! It is huge!
Cheers, keep well!

Łucja-Maria said...

Wow!
Fantastic waterfalls. Beautiful and interesting birds.
Beautiful pictures.
Greetings.
Lucia

Irma said...

Beautiful collection of pictures, Eileen.
Have a great week!

R. Mac Wheeler said...


You clearly had a nice walk. Yeah!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

I love seeing Bald Eagles! And the shots of the falls are really pretty too. Have a great day!

Lee@A Guide to Northeastern Gardening said...

Beautiful photography! The photos of the Bald Eagles and falls are amazing! Thanks for sharing!

islandwonder said...

The eagles look great. Such majestic birds.

mick said...

The Bald Eagles are magnificent and I really like the scenic photos of the river waters.

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

A beautiful place with some great birds. Of course I like the Bald Eagles best!

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Eileen Great to see and photograph the eagles and you certainly have a lot of Wildfowl. Love the collage.

jeannettestgermain said...

Love to see nests of birds even to the point that I painted one! The eagles have a nice home:)

artmusedog and carol mckenna said...

Gorgeous place and photography ~ love the bald eagles ~ You find the best places ~ thanks ~

carol,xxx
www.acreativeharbor.com

Joyful said...

Fantastic mosaics. I especially love the one of the eagle.

Icy BC said...

Gorgeous shots of the bald eagle pairs and the mallard ducks are just beautiful!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, I sure do hope to visit MD some day. Your pictures are just wonderful. Those Bald Eagles are fantastic - great photo's! My ancestors were early colonists in MD so I am interested in the history and the wildlife. Have a great Tuesday tomorrow!

Pat said...

Great shots of the rushing water. How neat to see the pair of eagles.

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

Oh how lucky you are to see the eagles!! Great shots.

Al said...

I've been there, but never seen eagles. Nice shots, it's a beautiful place.

Photo Cache said...

love the ducks.

Carver said...

Wonderful shots from the park. What a treat to see the bald eagles and the nests. I keep meaning to go to Jordan Lake which is only 25 miles from where I live to find the bald eagle nests that are on a live cam I watch online. Silly to be so close and only see them on the live cam. I've been to that lake before but not in a long time and that was before I realized that bald eagles nest there.

Jen said...

Those hooded mergansers are magnificent. I looked them up, and I see some of them visit us for the winter. I'll keep an eye out.

ladyfi said...

WHat a gift to see so many eagles. Lovely shots.

Our photos said...

Beautiful collection of photos!

Rajesh said...

Wonderful set of images. I like the family on the tree.

Life Images by Jill said...

Beautiful scenes. I do wonder how the birds survive in the cold snowy weather. I scrolled back and saw poor bambi stuck on the ice. Hopefully all was well with him.
Have a wonderful week, and thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday.

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen;
OMG, what a splendid walk♡♡♡ I wish I coud enoy the beauty of the winter like this, my friend. Hooded Merganser s kind of my favorite p;)
And I must add that was really stunned by your GORGEOUS pictures of your Critters #9 ♪♪♪

Sending you lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

Phil Slade said...

How wonderful to see the eagles like that with seemingly not a care in the world. The hoodies are such striking and fabulous lookers. Enjoy the rest of your week Eileen.

katerchen said...

Hallo Eileen
bin immer neu erstaunt was es ALLES bei dir gibt
toll
LG vom katerchen

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Great shots, loved them all and oh I am getting happy for we might be heading to BE territory soon, I hope ;)

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Don't you love those mergansers?!!!
And eagles.
I swear I am the only amateur photographer in Ontario who has failed to spot a Snowy Owl in the recent irruption. sigh.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I bet those eagles are watching babies in that nest...!

It is nice to get out for a walk -- glad you had at least a brief respite in your weather.

edenhills said...

Beautiful scenes. What a treat to see the eagels!

Phyllis Oller said...

They are simply beautiful,so regal,thanks for sharing,I hope to see them one day,phyllis

Maria said...

What a breathtaking place.

NatureFootstep said...

you are so lucky. I have never seen an eagles nest in my life.

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