Thursday, January 22, 2015

Barnegat Lighthouse & beach

Linking up with Skywatch Friday  and Good Fences  

Hubby and I enjoyed an ovenighter to the Jersey Shores.. We started out at Barnegat Lighthouse and beach and then worked our way back down to Atlantic City, New Jersey were we spent the night.



Barnegat Lighthouse and the beach are my go to spot to see the winter ducks..I was a little disappointed with the amount of Harlequin Ducks, usually we would see them all along the rock jetty. This visit we saw a few out in the ocean but nothing like the quantity we saw in past years.



When we checked the weather before leaving they were calling for sunny weather, I think someone goofed.. It was mostly cloudy at Barnegat..My sky and fence shots are of the Barnegat Lighthouse..


Another shot looking back at the lighthouse and a few Savannah Sparrows..also known as Ipswich Sparrow.. a lighter colored Savannah which is seen on the coast..The fences along the jetty wall are there to protect peeps from falling on the rocks and into the water..


Another distant shot of the lighthouse, a few male Harlequin Ducks and bottom right are some Common Eider..


Our cloudy sky at Barnegat Beach.. the wind picked up too. I think the weather arrived a day early.  At least it did not rain, I am looking on the positive side.. We missed seeing a lot of the usual ducks like the Long-tailed Duck and the Scoters.. We left Barnegat Beach and started our drive south again, we made a quick stop at Edwin Forsythe NWR which will be another post.. But, I have a sky shot from the wildlife refuge..


I hope you enjoyed the first part of our getaway and photos.. Thanks for stopping by and for the nice comments..I hope you enjoyed your visit.

To see more pretty skies from around the world please visit  Skywatch Friday
and check for more fence shots at Tex's Good Fences

Thanks to Theresa @ The Run*A*Round Ranch for hosting Good Fences and thanks to Sylvia, Yogi  and Sandy for hosting Skywatch Friday.  I wish everyone a safe happy healthy NEW YEAR and a great weekend.

85 comments:

diane b said...

Lovely lighthouse shots. Does look a bit of a grey day.

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Eileen That is a beautiful place you visited. Love the Lighthouse, H.Ducks and that wonderful last image.

Sue said...

I'm sorry you didn't see as many ducks as you had hoped for, but you did get some nice shots and had an enjoyable trip so that's a big plus.
We share your gloomy skies. I sure would love to see some sun!

The happy wanderer. said...

I enjoyed seeing the Harlequin Ducks again - a reminder of Iceland and northern Japan - as well as the Mergansers. It's a pity about the weather, but a lovely scene for sunset.

Knipsa Passtscho said...

Thank you Eileen for the nice beach and
lighthouse! Finally another beach than just
mine all the time :D
Have a happy and sunny day!
【ツ】Knipsa

Mascha said...

A nice photowalk! That is the thing with the ducks: one day you see many-many, other day there are only 2-3 (when I've the camera with me - - - )
I've never seen a Savannah sparrow before, it's a cute bird.
Have a great time :-)

Cranberry Morning said...

I always enjoy lighthouse photos. And of course the ducks.

Liz Needle said...

Lovely bird shots - the sparrow ones are cute. What is it about a lighthouse that is so attractive? Your last shot is stunning.

September Violets said...

We were promised a day "full of sunshine" yesterday too, but it was overcast all day. Maybe the ducks knew the weather better than any of us, and moved off to a protected spot. Nice shots of the birds you did see though! Love that merganser :) Wendy x

Sara D.B. said...

Beautiful photos!
I especially like the one where somebody caught a fish! :)
Thank you for sharing!

Roan said...

Beautiful area. Love the lighthouse! Enjoyed seeing the harlequins.

".E." Lizard Breath Speaks, It's Beth said...

awesome Eileen, you had me at lighthouse. i love them all for their very own reason. i enjoy the sun shot too. that is just amazing. i have several shots i took in Michigan that hang on our walls. i always wonder what will i do when i don't have any more room. i need more walls. you have a great post here i had to share on google + hope that is cool. enjoy your Thursday. this week sure did fly by. i thank you as always for stopping by and make me happy with a comment & your bloggy friendship. ( :

Linda Kay said...

My hubby loves to photograph lighthouses, so we need this one on our list.

Revrunner said...

Oo! Lovely shot of the sun over the water.

EG CameraGirl said...

You go to such neat place to see birds, Eileen! I don't see many ducks in January here in Ontario because most harbours are often frozen. But I did see a few yesterday. No harlequins, though!!

Debbie said...

I am so close and I rarely go.....I know I have said that before, I don't know why!! The lighthouse is gorgeous against that moody sky. Looks like there was plenty to see this trip!!

Karen S. said...

Grey yes, but still a lovely view. What a fun place to take a short vacation.

Sandra said...

i like the view of the lighthouse in the second collage and that last photo is spectacular. i love beaches, all beaches

Terri B said...

Oh how I long to visit a lighthouse! It's been on my bucket list forever! Sorry the sun wasn't out for your getaway, but I imagine you had a glorious time.

Montanagirl said...

It may be gray, but it's beautiful! The Lighthouse is really neat, and I like seeing the birds you saw!

Giga said...

View of the lighthouse, and the sea oceamu rewarded me ilkość small birds. Regards.

Shug said...

Great photos....the sun picture is outstanding.

TexWisGirl said...

that last image is a delight! you get to see such cool ducks at the shore! eiders and harlequins. and neat little sparrows, too. thanks for the good fencery at the lighthouse!

www.kraeuterklatsch.de said...

perfect photos , the sunset is beautiful

Grüße Claudia

Pat said...

Lovely shots...seems you had a wonderful trip.

Irma said...

The last picture is really great, Eileen.
Best regards,
Irma

DIMI said...

Hello Eileen!!
What a beautiful place to visit!!
You know that i love lighthouses!
You can'nt find them in my area!
Wonderful images of the shore and the beautiful birds!
Great shots!Thank you for sharing!
Have a lovely day!
Dimi...

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I love sparrows. And ducks. And sky shots. Water shots too. Love that last one.

Mary Hone said...

Awww, I can smell the ocean. Great shots. Those ducks are great too.

Ruth Kelly said...

Thanks for sharing. I very rarely ever see a light house or the beach. They are a delight.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

That last photo is gorgeous! I always love seeing lighthouses.
Enjoy your getaway.

ladyfi said...

What gorgeous shots and skies.

Stephanie said...

I thoroughly enjoyed viewing these lovely images. I adore that lighthouse and the views! and the birds as well.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Great photos - that is one magnificent lighthouse. I especially like the one photo where it appears that the lighthouse is shining into the clouds. I've never seen a Harlequin duck - what a treat that must be. Wonderful bird photos.

carolann said...

All your pictures were very impressive. Thanks for sharing on Good fences and you added extra to the eyes . For view.

Rose said...

I really did enjoy my visit...love that second shot of the lighthouse...the one in the first collage.

Chandra said...

Eileen - what a lovely set of photos of nature.

I didn't know Harlequin Ducks carried a hair dryer. At least one of them had dry hair...:)
And, I wonder what they do with all the money from the book sales (Harlequin novels) :)

Awesome post and lovely photos, as usual!

Have a Beautiful Day!!
Peace :)

DeniseinVA said...

This is an area I would like to explore more, and even more so now I have seen your photos. Thanks Eileen, have a great weekend :)

Lynne said...

I love the sandy, grey colors of your surroundings . . . birds and ducks too.

Helma said...

Vacation is of course wonderful to have and if you can then also these beautiful pictures that is double enjoyment. Your last photo is also a really great beautiful picture. Have a great weekend Eileen.
Greetings, Helma

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful array of the birds there. I love the last one, it's amazing.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

The fences along the jetty wall are there to protect peeps from falling on the rocks and into the water..

Those little yellow birds will fit right under!

Seriously, nice pics!

;-)

Mama Zen said...

Gorgeous sky shot!

Poppy said...

Hi Eileen,

Despite the dark, grey days, you managed to capture a soft glow and peacefulness at the Barnegat Lighthouse and beach in Atlantic City. It must have been lovely, even on such days, to walk the Jersey shores, listening to the watery wildlife, and the echoes of the surrounding events.

Thanks for sharing and wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Poppy

Mari said...

I did enjoy the walk and the pictures. Lighthouses always bring some special melancholic feeling, dunno why but the feeling's beautiful. I like seeing them. Your last shot is marvelous.

FOREST SNAPPER said...

That looks a great place to visit, love the photos.

amanda | wildly simple said...

What fun it must be to be able to visit these places on overnight trips!
Love the lighthouse, and I also really love those Harlequin ducks.
Just cold and frozen here.. nice to see a change of scenery. :)

Our photos said...

Wonderful series. I love the lighthouse !

RedPat said...

That's a wonderful lighthouse! Love the bird pics too.

NatureFootstep said...

a lovely beach and gorgeous lighthouse. Not to mention all the birds :) A great get away :)

A Quiet Corner said...

Great getaway and super scenes!...:)JP

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Lighthouses are always special somehow and I think you saw some good birds! A lovely getaway, so far!

Missy George said...

My childhood summers were spent at Beach Haven..Long Beach Island..Little Egg Harbor..I know (knew) that Lighthouse well..Lovely pictures..

David Gascoigne said...

I can well imagine your disappointment at the lack of Harlequin Ducks. It's always such an amazing bird to see.

The Yum List said...

The coastline seems to stretch on for miles.

Brian King said...

Love the lighthouse! Nice shots of the birds, too!

Merlesworld said...

Great pictures you have captured a windy cool day at the seaside.
Merle..........

Felicia said...

that is a lovely lighthouse. I've not seen this one.

neat duck images too.

Pat said...

What a nice overnight trip. Love the lighthouse.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I've never been to New Jersey, and now through your post I feel like I have! What great photos, and what a fun and beautiful place to visit, in any weather!

Linda W. said...

Love your beach shots! And nice bird captures too.

thirtysevenandcounting said...

Lovely lighthouse! Nice variety of ducks; I've only seen Mallards here, so different varieties are nice to see. :) Beautiful beach, and I love your last image!

Lindy

Pauline Woodcock said...

I love the last two images. No birds but they give me a good overall picture of where you were. And the last one is so serene!

Minoru Saito said...

Hi, thi lighthouse is very unique. The color is usually white in our country. I enjoyed your duck and sparrow photos. Thanks for sharing.

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

I always love seeing lighthouses - and a lovely sky to finish with too.

Derek said...

It looks like a delightful place to visit. Reminds me of a trip that I made to Sanibel many many years ago. Thanks for rekindling that memory.

Have a great weekend.

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen; I love the first photograph as the clouds and the fence (or bridge) look like flowing to the light house (haha, I wish you get I mean) I always admire your collage; Ducks, Sparrows, Eider look great with light house☆☆☆ And the last shot is fabulous♡♡♡

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

Bob Scotney said...

I have not managed to get any lighthouse shots yet and am envious of your chance to photograph ducks other than our ubiquitous mallards.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Lovely photos. Sorry you didn't see as many harlequin ducks as normal, one of them popped over to the north of Scotland!

John's Island said...

Your lighthouse pictures are well done. There is something about lighthouses. Can't get enough of them. My favorite, though, in this group is the sun photo at wildlife refuge. Awesome! Have a good weekend.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Ya know, this is only ~2 hours from my home, but I have never visited.

Liz said...

Wonderful images, Eileen.

Linda Gross said...

I always enjoy seeing your pictures of the Lighthouse. One day I might get back to the Jersey Shore. I would love to show Bob the area where I lived for 10+ years.

Happyone said...

NICE. I think we all like lighthouses. : ) I have a collection of ceramic ones and have one of your photo.

Carola Bartz said...

I went to Barnegat lighthouse back in 1997 when I was staying in New York for 10 days, and I've always remembered it very fondly.

Carver said...

Great shots of the lighthouse and water birds. Happy weekend.

Cloudia said...

Haven't seen it since I was little! Thanks for the vivid memories


ALOHA from Honolulu
ComfortSpiral
<3

Red Nomad OZ said...

Lighthouses are SO cool! And I don't think I've EVER seen a sparrow on the beach!! Love the ducks - even though you didn't see as many as usual, at least they were there!! Have a great weekend!

laura.forestdreams:) said...

cool lighthouse, shoreline AND ducks!! :)
but you're in NJ...and there's NO snow??!! looks like a gloomy grey day...just like here!

Marie said...

What a nice trip! Lovely shoreline and lighthouse. Love that last photo especially!

Black Jack's Carol said...

You managed wonderful shots in spite of the cloudy day! Love the lighthouse/boardwalk scene and the sky shot is beautiful. I enjoyed the Harlequins as well.. they are a rare sight here. And, the detail in the Savannah Sparrows was lovely! Thanks, Eileen!

maryaustria said...

Such a beautiful scenery and all these wonderful birds! I love the last shot! It´s dreamlike!

Beate said...

I love lighthouses! And I miss being on the beach so much. Great shots of this wonderful place and all the birds. Especially the last picture is fantastic!
Have a wonderful Sunday! :)

Bethany Carson said...

Love the last shot, and it's always great to see a lighthouse! I don't believe I've ever seen one in person...I dreamt of seeing one last night, so I think it's about time I did! Now to make that dream a reality!

Juni said...

Oi Eileen, definitivamente suas fotos são lindas... Amo ver os pássaros que nos apresenta!
Beijos, boa semana.

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