Sunday, June 15, 2014

Shenandoah National Park

  I am linking up with Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday 

Happy Father's Day to all the father out there!

Last weekend, hubby and I went on a daytrip to Shenandoah Nat'l Park. We hiked on my favorite trail  called the Limberlost  trail.  We had awesome weather and saw great birds.. We also saw some deer, turkey and one black bear.. We took a picnic lunch and ate our lunch at the Big Meadows, always a pretty sight..



A view of the Shenandoah valley from the Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park.


Birds above are the Veery, Chestnut- Sided Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Hooded Warbler, Eastern Towhee and a Cedar Waxwing






Some scenes from our hike on the Limberlost trail, the boardwalk, wildflowers, mushrooms and clovers.



The ferns were gorgeous next to this down tree, it is a pretty scene to me


Scenes from my favorite Limberlost trail in Shenandoah..an easy 1.3 loop trail with gorgeous flowers and greenery..


More from the trail, these low growing bushes seem to attract the warblers, pretty ferns and some wildflowers..



These clovers? grabbed my attention,  the shadows and lighting looked pretty to me.



The only sighting of a Black bear, it had just crossed the Skyline Drive and walked into the woods as we drove by.

Hubby and I had a great day, Shenandoah National Park is a wonderful place to visit..
Thanks for stopping by and for the 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 ahead!


61 comments:

*Manja* said...

Wundervoll!
Lieben Gruß,*Manja*

TexWisGirl said...

the bear sighting is awesome! loved the ferns and those shamrocks. the tanager stole the show, though!

Irma said...

Beautiful collages, especially the bear is great.
Is that black bears are not dangerous?
Perfect photographed, well done Eileen.
Greetings Irma

Jo said...

Oh that view from the picnic spot is stunning. And as always I love your bird photos. The ferns and other greenery along the walk are beautiful. Were you on foot when you saw the bear? It looked rather disinterested and seemed to be moving along in another direction. Great post, Eileen!

DIMI said...

Hello Eileen!!
What a wonderful place for a picnik!!Beautiful collage pictures!!The view is fantastic!!I like your birds shots and the bear!!Wow!!What a joy to see all those beautiful critters!!
Have a lovely week!Hugs!
Dimi...

Nancy J said...

Stunning place to visit and walk, lovely greenery and the bear, are you safe to walk there, or are they only near the roadway? Cheers,Jean

Cloudia said...

Such a rich post! Restore my soul-




ALOHA from Honolulu
ComfortSpiral
=^..^= <3

Lynne said...

Wonderful photos . . . loved the views and oh my, the bird shots you manage to capture. Impressive . . .

Pat said...

Oh, I like that bear sighting!
This is a wonderful post with beautiful photos.

A Quiet Corner said...

It is a wondrous place...loved it when I stopped there for a road trip when we lived inVA!!,...:)JP

Marie said...

Oh, so gorgeous! I LOVE the Shenandoah! Beautiful pictures, and how neat having the brush with the bear!

Ela said...

Such a wonderful place !
Your collection of photos is very impressive !
Have a lovely week :)

Kay said...

What a beautiful place. Thank you for sharing the photos.

Barbara Selkirk said...

What beautiful photos and a gorgeous trail and park Eileen. I feel right at home as if I'm right there in that beautiful environment. Lucky you for the great birds you saw, and a bear! Holy smoke! What a super trip. Thanks so much for sharing!

Stephanie said...

Great bear sighting. Love that boardwalk and the foilage, birds shots too!

Our photos said...

Beautiful park !

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

A pleasure to see some of the plants and birds (and that bear) on your walks/drive. Love the light on the clover. Every photo a visual treat.
Joy

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

What a lovely trip / glad that black bear was just a spotting and didn't come around wanting your picnic lunch! :)

You always get such great shots! :)

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I so love the greens at this time of year.
And your photos, of course!

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

gorgeous shots. i love them all. glad you saw the bear leaving instead of coming toward you. ( :

i will email ya. more info.

The Furry Gnome said...

Nice to live close enough to do that!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Shenandoah National Park really is a beautiful and special place to visit, and your photos are a perfect reminder of why it is!

Fran said...

This is the most beautiful area of the country that I have ever visited. I only regret that we only drove through and wish we had taken extra time on our trip to walk some of the trails.

Michelle said...

I love the Shenandoah Valley, but it has been a few years since I was there. Beautiful pictures!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Stunning photos - I love the colors of all the birds. Some I've never seen. What a delight. Glad the bear was just passing through.

Betsy Adams said...

Oh how we love that area....Wish we lived closer....You saw some great birds and got some great pictures... Love that trail.

Hugs,
Betsy

Rajesh said...

Beautiful national park with such lovely birds.

Linda W. said...

What a pretty place for a hike. And so cool that you saw a bear!

A wondering star said...

Thank you for sharing this. What a beautiful place to visit. We all need a place of beauty to relax and appreciate animals and nature. Your country is so beautiful, I guess you live in Virgina!
Thank you for your nice words about Molly!

Eva Jorunn Norway :-)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Wonderful day! Here we are in Alaska in a national Park (Kenai fjords) and haven't seen a bear yet )). Should have come to your neighborhood))). Beautiful here ...

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful birds in a superb countryside.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

great shots, as always.

I want to go there.

Debbie said...

really beautiful mosiacs eileen!! you must come home with so many images!!

i thought the clovers were pretty as well with the light dancing across the leaves!!

so cool to see a black bear in the wild, where they belong and are hopefully left alone!!

a great entry eileen!!!

Sue said...

Eileen-you always take such great photos-but I gotta say, that top one is STUNNING . What a spot-you captured it beautifully.
Hope your week is going well.

Sharon Wagner said...

So much beauty, birds and bears!

magiceye said...

Glorious captures!!

Marie-Anne said...

What a beautiful place!!!! Lucky you can enjoy it! Your photos are superb, as always!
Wishing you a happy new week!!!

•°°• IcyBC •°°• said...

Beautiful photos of the birds, and the fern looks so refreshing to see on a hot day!

Sylvia K said...

What a beautiful park, Eileen! And your photos are superb as always!! They are the next best thing to being there myself! Thank you so much for sharing the beauty of your world! Hope you have a great week!!! Enjoy!

Gail Dixon said...

I can see why you enjoyed yourself so much. Wow. Beautiful shot of the scarlet tanager. You mentioned Limberlost trail; I have a book called A Girl of the Limberlost. :)

Irene said...

What a wonderful place to visit! Great collages, Eileen.

Irene

carol l mckenna said...

Always delightful photography and wonderful places you and hubby go ~ great photos for OWT ~ thanks,

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

Carver said...

Wonderful place to explore. Great sequence of shots.

Brian King said...

Gorgeous views! Love the Tanager! The Shenandoah Mountains are certainly beautiful. I've been there a couple of times.

Al said...

That is so beautiful - and as close as you want to get to a black bear in the wild!

George said...

We've enjoyed each and every visit we've made to Skyline Drive and the Shenandoah National Park. We've never hiked the Limberlost trail -- we'll have to rectify that on a future visit.

bettyl-NZ said...

Lovely shares, as always!

Christa atCedarmereFarm said...

Eileen, What a lovely post. Your collages are very pretty. How exciting (and scary) to see a bear!

Hazel Ceej said...

Lovely! I have never come across "Veery" before. Good to learn something new today. Love the ferns too.

Gattina said...

What a beautiful landscape and bird pictures !

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

My husband and I drove along Skyline Drive a few times in the past, Eileen ,and loved the beautiful views for up there! Did you ever visit Luray Caverns?

The Scarlet Tanger is such a gorgeous bird! You have a good eye to see all these birds in the trees.

J Bonafilla said...

What a wonderful day out, and how thrilling to spot a live bear in the woods. Amazing! All the best, Bonny

Gary Phillips said...

Great series!! Boom, Bobbi and Gary.

Wandering Wren said...

Looks a lovely place for a hike, I would have been bricking it if we came that close to a bear! I'm glad you were able to drive by and also get the photo that's a win-win. Beautiful photos all round. :)
Have a lovely week
Wren x

Zizi Santos said...

O lugar é bonito para um passeio!
e você captou lindas imagens dos pássaros e animais!
A natureza é bela, vale a pena desfrutar

bjss
Zizi

Helma said...

My father is 51 years old this year anymore. My father was killed by the car when he was 29 years old and I've never had more then any other father. How nice that you remember this day with a blog full of beautiful nature photos :-)

NatureFootstep said...

what a great day out. I envy you. I don´t think there is any place in Sweden we can see so many different species in oen day. :(

thirtysevenandcounting said...

The view of the valley is stunning! I'll be putting Shenandoah NP on our to-go-to list! :) Beautiful birds, most of which I've never seen other than in photos.

Glad you were in the car when you saw the bear...

~Lindy

Elaine said...

Gorgeous walk! Love that Scarlet Tanager!

ladyfi said...

Gorgeous views and shots!

islandwonder said...

Beautiful shots!!! I really like that little red bird. I hope to get to Shenandoah this year. It has been awhile.

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