Sunday, August 3, 2014

Weekend walk_July27

  I am linking up with Mary's last  Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday 

Edited: I did not know at the time of creating this post that we would be saying Goodbye to Mosaic Monday.. I wish Mary the host of Mosaic Monday all the best with her photography and future projects.. I will miss Mosaic Monday!!

This is our walk from last weekend, an easy walking trail in a local park..We picked this spot because it was close to the gas station where I fill up my car for the week's ride to work..  As hubby and I did our two loops around the trail, I was looking for birds, butterflies and blooms..

 In my mosaic above, I have the Eastern Bluebird, American Goldfinch, Northern Mockingbird and an Eastern Towhee.



The Eastern Towhee seems to be a common bird, seen often in forest during our walks..


A monarch, a swallowtail and  I believe the middle is a Cabbage White and  the yellow is a Sulfur.



The Monarach butterfly.. I have happy to see them during my walks the last two weeks..


 Above is some milkweed and Queen Anne's Lace.




And here are some shots from the trail, it was a beautiful day with a pretty sky.. It was neat seeing some swallows and maybe some purple martins flying low over the fields..They are so quick, it was too hard trying to get a shot of the swallows..

I hope you enjoyed our weekend walk with the birds, butterflies and blooms..Thanks for stopping by and for the comments.

Join in on the fun and for more wonderful photos please visit  Mosaic Monday and more
 from  Our World Tuesday

 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!

68 comments:

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

gorgeous butterfly shots. i love the Queen Anne's Lace. not sure i have ever seen milkweed. or realized what it was. thanks!! was talking to my neighbor about not seeing monarch butterflies any more she explained it was due to the less milkweed plant being around these part. that is so so sad. i wonder what is going on? give me some milkweed & i will start planting. i miss those guys. ( :

you have the greatest walks each weekend. thanks, for taking us along.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Such a lovely walk Eileen!
We have a towhee that likes to get on our bathroom window and peck at it ---- early in the morning. Grrrr! I close the blinds thinking it was pecking at it's reflection - but it continues to knock until my husband goes outside and shoooos it off!! I did put a flower pot on the ledge and that seems to help for now.

TexWisGirl said...

the towhee is so handsome! i'd love to see one.

Brian King said...

I've only seen Towhees a couple of times in the past few years. Never photographed one. You've got a great place to walk!

Irma said...

Hi Eileen,
Beautiful collages of the monarch butterfly and birds.
Certainly The Eastern Towhee, which is wonderful.

Linda W. said...

Nice bird and butterfly shots!

DIMI said...

Hello Eileen!!
Great post!!!What a lovely walk you had!!Fantastic landscapes!Beautiful birds!!I love your butterflies photos!!Thank you for sharing!!
Dimi...

Rajesh said...

Beautiful birds, all in one place. Amazing variety.

Happyone said...

Lovely shots of the butterflies. Love the monarch. Haven't seen any around here though we do have a lot of milkweed plants.
Like those pathways and would love walking down them!!

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

What a walk! :) Gorgeous..every single thing!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I enjoyed the sights along the trail with you Eileen. The butterflies in particular brought me joy as there just are next to none here this summer which is disappointing.

Marit Helene Gåsland said...

Wow so beautiful birds and butterflies, beautiful pictures of great scenery.
Good Sunday from Marit.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

gorgeous shots

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The butterflies are such a challenge to photograph! We were surprised to see so many wildflowers blooming on our trip. It's a beautiful summer this year! Hugs!

Mersad said...

You capture nature beautifully and it's always a joy to stop by and enjoy it!

Poppy said...

Eileen, what freshness I sense in the bright August air, today, in all of your beautiful photos! From the pretty flowers to the colourful butterflies and the greenest grass, I so enjoyed my visit. Thank you for sharing!

Have a wonderful week!

Poppy

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

So many delights to make your walk far more interesting. You have captured each one well too. Lovely to see the Monarch (or Wonderer as we call them here in Australia) butterfly too!

Lynne said...

Loved these pics Eileen . . .
Such gorgeous colors, photos of the birds you find!
Like the Monarchs . . . see a bunch of milkweed which they love . . .

Our photos said...

These are very nice. I like the butterfly !

Carole M. said...

such fun walks you two get to go and lovely photos for us to see. I love the American Goldfinch (it's yellow!)

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

As always, lovely photos--For the first time in who knows how long, I saw an Eastern Towhee in our yard. Monarchs would be great to see too--I'm glad you're seeing them, I had no idea until this year that they are in such dire straights and their numbers have dwindled.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, I sure like this collection of photo's. I miss seeing the Eastern Towhee's here - have not seen any in many months. Guess they are around elsewhere in this development but unknown to me yet. Have a wonderful Monday tomorrow!

A Quiet Corner said...

Perfectly fitting for Mary's last get together, Eileen!...:)JP

Blackberry Lane said...

What splendid pictures. I have seen the Towhee and it truly is beautiful. I adore butterflies, also. Have a wonderful Sunday evening, Eileen.

Small City Scenes said...

I did enjoy "our" week end walk. Thank you so much. We have lots of barn Swallows around here and I saw one in the middle of the road surrounded by a small flock of more swallows. I drove right over him but backed up and saw that he was a fledgling and not ready to fly away. I picked him up and placed him in the adjoining pasture. We drove back a bit later and he was encouraged to fly away. YAY!
Love your collages. MB

Ivy and Elephants said...

Your photos are truly beautiful.
Birds, butterflies and blooms ...
what could be better?
Hugs,
Patti

Pondside said...

That was a lovely walk, Eileen. As I looked at the photos I wondered if there is any bird prettier than the little Goldfinch.
Looking at your sidebar and at the picture of you as a little girl - I will have to dig out the photo of me in the identical dress!

Stephanie said...

Wow, beautiful scenery on your walk and gorgeous butterflies.

Michelle said...

Beautiful pictures and glad to see that you spotted a Monarch too.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Looks like you were walking in a paradise! Love all the shots of nature's gifts.

Mama Zen said...

The towhee is gorgeous!

Wandering Wren said...

You were at the gas station, I was at the Petrol station..., you were skipping through the clover admiring the birds and butterflies I was scraping the ice of the windscreen and admiring the snow on the mountain tops from inside a heated car :)
Sooo lovely to enjoy a touch of summer with you!
Wren x

A wondering star said...

Great photos, Eileen! Your butterflies and birds is lovely, and i love your
wildflowers
Enjoy your day :)

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

I always love to see your photos and the birds you meet on your walks.
The Towhee is so pretty!

The trail looks lovely with the wildflowers blooming - what a wonderful area to walk in.

Shane

Beatrice Euphemie said...

I really enjoyed coming along on your walk with you, Eileen! So many pretty birds, butterflies and flowers! It's a treat to see the Monarch - we don't have them here. Hope you have a great week! xo Karen

Stewart M said...

Nice pictures - I have liked seeing the mosaics - even if I have never joined in with the meme.

My "happy place" was a little bit of sarcasm!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Lovely to see your natural world Eileen. Cabbage whites do get around! Thanks for sharing this.

Enjoy your week,
Ruby

NatureFootstep said...

I would like to have some of your lovely butterflies. Can you send some my way?

Debbie said...

awww eileen, i know you love this link up, i'm sure you will sad to see it go!!

your mossaics are beautiful, i have never see a towhee, what a beauty!!

and awesome captures of the monarchs....looks like they were cooperating some!!!

EG CameraGirl said...

Lovely mosaics, Eileen! The Queen Anne's lace seems to be super beautiful this year.

Shirley said...

I particularly like your last mosaic of rolling fields and wildflowers. So pretty.

This has been a year of few butterflies here and I don't recall ever seeing a true Monarch butterfly here on the prairies.

The Good Life | Healthy Living said...

Wow, these are really beautiful images, especially the Queen Anne's lace. Love those flowers.

Noushka said...

Again, a very interesting post about birds I have never seen or seen such a long time ago!
And common or not, they are all gorgeous!
Keep well Eileen!

My Little Home and Garden said...

Your butterfly and bird shots really show some of the wonders of nature in the summertime. It looks like a great area to take a good, long walk!

-Karen

maryaustria said...

A wonderful series! The birds are amazing and the flowers and landscape beautiful!

SquirrelQueen said...

All of your mosaics are gorgeous Eileen. I especially like the butterflies. That monarch is magnificent.

carol l mckenna said...

Gorgeous nature shots for OWT ~ Happy Week to you ~

artmusedog and carol ( A Creative Harbor

✿ chica said...

Flores, borboletas, céus, tudo lindo sempre aqui! bjs, ótima semana! chica

Photo Cache said...

your nature shots are incredibly beautiful.

Valerie said...

Exquisite captures, Eileen.

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

wonderful photos

Carver said...

Great shots from your walk. The birds, butterflies and flowers are very beautiful.

orchid Miyako said...

Oh My, Towhee looks SO unique and have beautiful colors♡♡♡ And LOVE the BEAUTIFUL pictures of butterflies, I especially wish to see 'the Cabbage White'. I've never seen the white colored butterfly :)
And sorry for the mosaic Monday, Eileen.

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

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I am also sad that Mary is relinquishing Mosaic Monday, Eileen! I enjoyed participating in it for years. I hope someone else picks it up.

Your walking path looks wonderful! You certainly see many birds there. I'm also happy to see Monarch butterflies again!

DeniseinVA said...

Great shots Eileen, I love the little towhee and the butterflies in particular. I haven't seen many butterflies this year so far.

Al said...

Such pretty birds, and I love the butterfly. I'd love to walk on that trail.

Lew said...

Beautiful shots of the birds and butterflies! I seen only one butterfly in our yard this year.

ladyfi said...

What fabulous shots! Those butterflies are so pretty.

Joyful said...

Beautiful shots, Eileen. They make lovely mosaics! Have a great week.

Indrani said...

Lovely colorful captures. Love your collages. :)

Joe Todd said...

That is my kind of trail... Really enjoy all your great photos

Life in the Carolina Mountains said...

Sorry to see Mosaic Monday go. Always love your collages.

Fun60 said...

Such terrific photos of the Monarch butterfly.

Susan (ABON) said...

The Monarchs are beautiful, as well as the Eastern Towhee. I've seen an occasional juvenile Towhee here, but never the adult. Perhaps one day.

Helma said...

Truly another stunning array of different photos. Beautiful nature, birds, butterflies and flowers. I find this really beautiful to see! And what do you have that beautiful butterfly photographed!

Zizi Santos said...

Fizeram um belo passeio, com imagens muito bonitas!
Adorei ver!

bj
Zizi

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I took walkies with the cats yesterday. Lots of fun.

Maria said...

Beautiful scenery as usual.

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