Sunday, July 27, 2014

Bird & Blooms

  I am linking up with Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday 

I am sharing some of the birds and blooms we saw doing our walk at the local Irvine Nature Center in Maryland..


The trail from the parking lot starts off with a walk thru the woods. I like the texture of the bark on the tree. I am not sure of the structure in the small middle photo maybe it is a home built for the critters and birds to hide in and keep safe? The last bottom photo is one of two woodies we saw chasing each other around the tree.


The trail comes out of the woods to this open field, lots of wildflowers, a pretty sky. Just a gorgeous day for a walk.




 Along the meadow trail we saw lots of butterflies, dragonflies and birds..



 This was my first sighting this summer of the beautiful Monarch butterfly.. I do not remember seeing one Monarch last year..




 A few of the birds we saw were the Eastern Bluebird, American Robin and the American Goldfinch.


I love these Gaillardia blooms or Indian Blankets.


I hope you enjoyed my walk with the birds and blooms..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!

69 comments:

Lynne said...

Getting out and about into the fields and trails brings a ton of visual treats . . .love the Indian Paintbrush . . . a true summer happening!

TexWisGirl said...

love the wildflowers and the goldfinch. i believe that's an insect house that folks are encouraged to build these days.

Brian King said...

We have a place like that here. Beautiful place for a walk and photos! I haven't seen a monarch yet this year.

bj said...

As always, sweet girl, your photos are just PERFECT.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I loved your photos

I wonder...I remember reading about a freeze in the mountains of Mexico where the Monarchs winter.

God's critters are so delicate.

from Madrid said...

The road, birds and flowers, things that make happy any human.

Tomás.

Helma said...

Beautiful nature photos Eileen, with many beautiful and colorful flowers.
Also, your birds are great to see again.
Thanks for your kind response to the disaster.
Very nice new week.

Jo said...

As always,beautiful photos of birds, butterflies and blooms, Eileen. I love the Gallardia. They grow well in my SA garden - an exotic of course! Have a great day. Jo

DIMI said...

Ηello Eileen!!
Such beautiful wildflowers and birds!What a lovely walk you had!!Wonderful nature!!Excellent shots!Have a happy week!
Dimi...

Roan said...

Looks like a great place to enjoy nature. Love seeing the birds and the blooms.

Debbie said...

you have the most amazing places to walk and capture the most amazing images!!

the goldfinches are my fav's today, but as you know, that always changes ;)

Rajesh said...

Beautiful place with such lovely birds.

Happyone said...

Yes, I did enjoy walking with you. : ) Lovely pictures.

Nancy J said...

Lovely walk, and the little "A-Frame" cottage, perfect for any bird to shelter, or even a tiny fairy, lovely bark, and your birds as always, I so enjoy seeing them, so different to ours down here. Cheers,Jean.

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

Love that field and sky shot and do you remember when we used to see monarchs all the live-long day in the summer :(

DeniseinVA said...

Another wonderful walk you took us on here Eileen. Thank you so much and enjoy your week :)

podso said...

Beautiful photo of the monarch. It looks like a lovely walk, and maybe it wasn't too warm that day so you could enjoy it!

Pam ;) said...

Your blooms, birds and butterflies are beautiful, Eileen.

Happy Sunday ;)

Beatrice Euphemie said...

What a beautiful place to take a walk! I enjoyed seeing all the birds and blooms and the monarch.

Linda W. said...

Pretty shots of the flowers and the butterflies.

Our photos said...

Colorful post, Very nice !

Mary Cromer said...

You all have so many enjoyable nature places near you...what a great thing to see these places that you share. The fields, the flowers and the birds are all lovely. Have a happy week Eileen~

Stephanie said...

I so enjoyed viewing your lovely collages and that pastoral scene. I am going to go and post comments on the critter blogs after this. I had an incredibly busy day yesterday.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, Yes, a beautiful area for a walk. I really like your Goldfinch pictures. I miss seeing Goldfinches here - have rarely seen any. Have a super good day tomorrow!

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Love the field of wild flowers....and the Indian blankets.

Enjoy your week!
Ruby

A Quiet Corner said...

Great set of collages and pix from your walk, Eileen! Love the Monarch!...:)JP

Life Images by Jill said...

I enjoyed seeing your wildflowers today Eileen.
Have a great week.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You must be having such beautiful weather to hike. It's too hot not here and I miss it. Love all of the flowers you've seen and bird sightings, too. Enjoy your week! Hugs!

Diane | An Extraordinary Day said...

What a treat! I so enjoyed looking at your beautiful photos Eileen. You are blessed with a wonderful spot to hike.

Best wishes for an extraordinary day!

Carver said...

Wonderful sequence of shots. I love seeing flowers in a natural setting like this.

Leora said...

What a beautiful photo collection. I especially like seeing the gaillardia.

edenhills said...

Absolutely beautiful! I've seen more monarchs this year too. I hope it's a good sign.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Lovely photos! I would love to walk that path through the trees.

Small City Scenes said...

An enjoyable walk it was. Thanks for taking us along. I do love wildflowers. MB

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh Eileen -- you live in such a Nature Paradise! Beautiful post. I've missed visiting you as we travel. I will catch up more when we get back to civilization. (We found an unexpected internet connection here in Deadhorse (basically the end of the world).

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Hi Eileen,
fantastic Mosaic of all the Summer joy. Really wonderful !
Best regards, Synnöve

Phil Slade said...

You said it yourself Eileen - a beautiful place and a beautiful morning. I just love your American Goldfinches - such sunny birds.

Have a great week ahead.

Irma said...

Beautiful collages, Eileen.
The photo of the Monarch butterfly, I find totally amazing.

Noushka said...

A lovely post again eileen!
I always wonder how you manage to get close to birds like this!
I have to get into a hide and wait, often for hours, to get pictures!!
Gorgeous wild flowers, some of which have been imported to Europe for garden decoration!
how I'd love to see monarchs in he wild!
Keep well, and enjoy this new week!

EG CameraGirl said...

Yes, I did enjoy my walk with you, Eileen. The goldfinches are so beautiful this time of year and the Indian Blankets are stunning.

Daniel LaFrance said...

Looks as though you had an excellent outing... and some exercise too!

Marie said...

A truly beautiful place to enjoy nature! I miss walks like these! Loved seeing your photos.

me (maria) said...

Beautiful photos!
I enjoyed them all!!
Have a great week!

Marie-Anne said...

What a pleasant walk you must have had, dear Eileen!In our part of the world everything is very dry at this time of the year!!!!

Fun60 said...

We call those structures minibeast hotels. Beautiful photos.

mick said...

Great photos and a beautiful place to go for a walk. I especially like the Goldfinches and the one against the blue sky is very beautiful.

Arija said...

So nice to be able to join you on these lovely nature walks. I do miss the N.American wilderness in every season. I'ts been a very long time between drinks and unfortunately, there is no way apart from rowing across the ocean for me to get there.
Eileen, my grandchildren are all grown up. Those lovelies in my post have adopted me as honorary grandmother, apposition I thoroughly enjoy.

Pat said...

What a beautiful place to snap some wonderful photos. I like that tree bark too!

Al said...

What a pretty set of photos. I remember those Maryland skies!

Photo Cache said...

i thoroughly enjoyed the nature images. well done.

Icy BC said...

Your photos are beautiful to see Eileen! Great mosaics..

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Beautiful photos! A wonderful day, indeed!

carol l mckenna said...

Exquisite nature photography for OWT ~ thanks, ^_^ ~ Happy Week

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

Gail Dixon said...

Thank you for letting me tag along on your walk. :) The Indian Blanket flowers remind me of Texas. Sorry if I've said that before. My memory is not the best. Beautiful shots of the monarch and wildflowers.

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

i love the butterfly & the wildflower shot. those clouds are amazing!! ( :

Betsy Adams said...

Hi There, Wow--you saw some really special things while on that hike/walk at the Irvine Nature Center... The trails looked neat--since I love walking in the woods...

AND--loved seeing the wildflowers, butterflies and of course, your little birdies!!!! Neat post, Eileen.
Hugs,
Betsy

Felicia said...

what a gorgeous area to walk in. I was in a marsh area today but it was not near as pretty as this.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I always enjoy your walks and this was no exception.

orchid Miyako said...

Oh My!!! You showed us WONDERFUL beauty of nature, Eileen. I loved the Monarch butterfly among the flowers♡♡♡ I always love to take a walk with your wonderful pictures♬♬♬

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

VioletSky said...

I was chasing after a goldfinch this afternoon, desperately trying to get his picture, but he would not co-operate!

Sandy Carlson said...

Goodness. Over and over again. Thank you.

September Violets said...

It sure was a beautiful day for a walk! You caught some nice bird & flower views. I've had goldfinches in my yard all spring & summer until this past week when I went on vacation. I haven't seen one since we returned and I really miss them. Enjoy your week Eileen! Wendy x

Sylvia K said...

Lovely flowers, delightful captures for the day, Eileen!! I do love the butterfly!! Superb! Thanks for sharing the summery beauty of your world!!

diane b said...

What a fabulous day and walk with nature. Great shots .

ladyfi said...

How gorgeous - looks very hot and lush too.

George said...

The nature center looks like a great place for a walk on a beautiful day. I really like your photo of the meadow and wildflowers under that pretty sky.

Birgitta said...

Wonderful photos!!!

pattisjarrett said...

That's a beautiful wildflower collage. Yay! A Monarch!

Maria said...

I love these wildflowers!

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