Sunday, April 20, 2014

Shenandoah National Park

  I am linking up with Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday 


 HAPPY EASTER to everyone who celebrates..


On Friday I was off work for the Easter holiday so hubby and I decided to take  a ride to Shenandoah National Park. 




We saw lots of deer along the Skyline Drive..groups of them here and there. 


I always enjoy seeing the wildlife, the deer do not seem at skittish as the deer I see at home.. We were hoping to see a Black Bear.. maybe next time..



The morning fog looked really neat hanging around the Appalachian mountains..


Birds seen were the Eastern Towhee, American Robin, Tufted Titmouse and lots of Dark-eyed Juncos. Not pictured, we also saw  hawks, vultures, Eastern Bluebirds and a Black White Warbler.


We always seem to come across the trail riders while hiking the Limberlost trail. You can arrange to go on the guided trail ride from the Skyland stables. The Limberlost Trail is 1.2 miles mostly level and easy walking..I like this trail in the spring and early summer, there are a lot of warblers around.



In the mosaic above, Dark Hollow Falls, some horseback riders seen while on the Limberlost trail and some scenes from the Dark Hollow Falls trail.



Dark Hollow Falls, it was nice to see it with a lot of water.  The Dark Hollow Falls trail is 1.4 miles, somewhat steep in places located near Big Meadows. It is an impressive falls with water cascading down 70ft.


This Dark-eyed Junco did not seem shy around people. It hung around us while we were looking at the waterfalls.

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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 ahead!
I hope you enjoyed our quick visit to the shore and seeing the birds. 

62 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

the falls are beautiful - so are the foggy mountains! the sweet junco made me smile. enjoy your easter, eileen! hug goldie girl for me! :)

Linda W. said...

Beautiful scenery shots. Cool to see so many deer. Hope you get to spot a black bear next time.

Stephanie said...

Adorable Easter banner, happy Easter to you! The park is a beautiful place to visit, love the falls, deers, and the birds.

Mama Zen said...

Gorgeous place!

Alexa T said...

I feal like I was in a short trip or cosy walk... it looks all - so beautiful!! Amazed by special aspects, deers, mountains, falls too.. Have a Happy Easter to you too! Paste Fericit! Alexa T

DIMI said...

Hello Eileen!!
What a beautiful park!!And amazing views of the foggy mountains!Preety birds and cute deers!!Great shots of the falls!I hope you had a lovely Easter Sunday!Hugs!
Dimi...

Nancy J said...

Those scenes with fog, misty and perfect. One wee rider on a horse, filling the photo so well, What a super place to visit. Easter Greetings to you too, Jean.

Crafty Green Poet said...

looks a lovely place to walk, wonderful views across the hills, beautiful waterfalls and birds. Happy Easter.

Jo said...

I love your first photo with the bonneted chicks! And the trail was most enjoyable to follow with you. I love the Dark Hollow Falls and of course, I have only ever thought of the Appalachian mountains as fictional in western movies and books! It seems like you had a wonderful trip. We are doing our last birding (in the day) with another birder, a young Tanzanian tomorrow. More about this in my post on Wednesday probably! Have a great day. Jo xx

Bob Bushell said...

I do love the designs together. The Dark-eyed Junco is my fave.

Betty Manousos said...

overall, a marvelous post, eileen.
great views, too.

happy easter to you and yours!

xo

pattisjarrett said...

Happy Easter! I love seeing the fog on the mountains (not when driving through it, though). Great shots, makes me want to head up there.

Montanagirl said...

Nice waterfall photos!

Our photos said...

Very nice park. Lovely views !

Evi @ sexta-feira said...

Hi Eileen! I hope you had a great time!

We want to go to that park too. After seeing your pictures, we'll probably make concrete plans.

Enjoy the new week! :)

Brian King said...

Very nice shots of the deer! Love the Towhee, too!

Cloudia said...

Delightful post, thanks


Aloha

Celeste said...

What a perfect way to spend your day off. That is a great photo of a Junco. Happy Easter.

Beth @ "E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

gorgeous mtn shots. i love the waterfalls too!! so lovely. ( :

George said...

It's obvious that you enjoy Shenandoah National Park as much as we do.

Jesus Tirado said...

Nice shots! My wife and I spent three days in Shenandoah NP and we loved it!

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Looks like you had a beautiful trip to the mountains! You caught some lovely shots of the falls.

I'm hoping to see a black bear someday, too--from a safe distance, of course. :-)

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Another beautiful trip with photos to match! I hope you've enjoyed your weekend, and had a memorable Easter too!!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

A very Happy Easter to you Eileen!
You got me --- I would have parked right there on that big rock and sat all day!! With the beautiful sun shining and the sounds of the water falling onto the rocks and I bet you can feel the moisture and water drops!! Now that is heaven!!!

Maria said...

Oh my goodness, I love those Bambis! And the cascades. What a beautiful place!

Debbie said...

Happy Easter Eileen, I hope you had a nice long weekend!! This is a great spot to walk, so much to look at and see!! I think the deer are my favorites, the are so docile and comfortable!!

The waterfalls are especially beautiful as well. Very pretty mosaics!!

Irma said...

Beautiful pictures Eileen.
Beautiful surroundings, a beautiful view of the hills, and the fog is really great.
A lovely place to stroll, beautiful waterfalls and birds.
Happy Easter Monday.
Greetings Irma

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen;
Shenandoah National Park is SO fabulous and wonderfully fits for your blog name♡♡♡ I wish I could see the water fall and Dark-eyed Junco seems welcoming you as if knowing how you love birds♪♪♪

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

Irene said...

Great series ... must be a wonderful place to visit!

Hope you had a great Easter Holiday!

Irene

Sue said...

Love the waterfall! Looks like you had a fine day out.
You're so fortunate to have so many great places to hike nearby.

Phil Slade said...

The water falls are stunning, as are those misty mountains. Lovely shots of the deer, the Towheee and of course the Junco. You've got me hummming one of those Shenandoah tunes now Eilen.

Jeanne said...

Lovely shots in a very beautiful place!

DeniseinVA said...

Those Falls looked gorgeous and great photos of it and also of your birds and the mountains. I love getting up that way for the wildlife, the deer especially and as you say, they are not quite as skittish up that way. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on my blogging issues. Hopefully they will sort themselves out soon. Have a great week.

Karen said...

What a great post. The deer are wonderful. Beautiful views and the falls are so pretty. Love the Towhee.

Sharon Wagner said...

I saw everything except a bunny yesterday. Thank goodness Spring is here. Nice post.

Ailime said...

Olá Eileen Desejo-lhe também Feliz Páscoa!
Belíssimas fotos da natureza aí! Adorei os animais e as cascatas!
Óptima semana. Abraços, Ailime

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Love the bird images as always and especially today, the waterfalls and the fog in the valley.

carol l mckenna said...

Lovely shots of a beautiful place ~ Nature is such a gift ~ xoxo ~ thanks for the well wishes ^_^

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

SizzleandZoom said...

Everytime I visit you, I am charmed by your beautiful photography.

Gail Dixon said...

Lots of great photos! I love the Towhee. You got a splendid one of this beauty.

carol l mckenna said...

Great shots of a beautiful and attractive nature world for OWT ~ always wonderful shots here ~ xoxo

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

Sylvia K said...

So much beauty, Eileen! And you do indeed capture it perfectly! Thank you so much for sharing! I love the deer and the waterfalls are breathtaking! Hope you have a lovely week!! Enjoy!

Carver said...

Beautiful place to explore. I love seeing the deer, birds and beautiful waterfalls.

NatureFootstep said...

great post and so much beautiful scenery. Love the iamges of the mountains :)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful hiking spot. You guys live in such a wonderful place for day and weekend trips! Miracle places.

islandwonder said...

The Shenandoah National Park is so wonderful. Great shots! So enjoy seeing the wildlife and trees.

islandwonder said...

The Shenandoah National Park is so wonderful. I really enjoy visiting it. Great shots!

Tabor said...

I love visiting that park. I also think the deer are far less fearless because people are feeding them! Too bad for that. I love the towhee. I have one who appear only in the late winter in my back yard.

Pat said...

Beautiful shots. What a pleasant way to spend your day off.

Happyone said...

Awesome falls. I'd love to be walking along that path. : )

Rajesh said...

Beautiful national park, very scenic.

Roan said...

What a beautiful Park. The deer shots are amazing. When we see them, they usually run before I can get a picture. Loved your post!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I love the fog/mountains shots and the waterfall is fabulous! Looks like a wonderful place to explore.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, Great snaps of the deer. Would you believe that in the year I have lived in Marion County, Florida, I have never seen a deer anywhere in FL? I used to live in a forested area of TN and saw deer often there. I have been told that many of the deer here in FL are small in size. Have a great Tues. tomorrow!

ladyfi said...

Deer, birds and fall - a perfect way to spend the weekend!

amanda | wildly simple said...

This is on my list of places to see..
I absolutely love the fog!
Great American wildlife, too.

Elaine said...

Delightful park! You've had so many lovely birds and landscapes over the last week or so.

Kusum Sanu said...

So beautiful! I never happened to visit this park!

Indrani said...

Lovely collages.
You frame such beautiful sights!

Helma said...

The Easter holidays are already over Eileen but I'm glad I still see this blog. What a lovely Easter greeting with those eggs! And what a great picture of the birds, deer and horses. Also your waterfall is beautiful to behold. My compliments.

jeannettestgermain said...

So many things in the landscape to enjoy here! Thanks for sharing:)

Maria said...

This place is like heaven I'd love to go there one day.