Sunday, June 28, 2015

Gunpowder River


I am linking up with   Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday    and NF Trees

They are all fun memes to participate in...I hope you can join in with the fun  and check out some of the participating posts.

I am sharing some scenes from our walk to the local park and river called Gunpowder River State Park. We went mainly to see the Mountain Laurels in bloom but it was a little early to see all the blooms they were just starting to look pretty.



 The Gunpowder river with some early morning fog, hubby chilling out on a rock, a hummingbird on the nest and a tulip poplar bloom.


While I was standing on one of the rocks at the river I saw a hummingbird flying high above me. I follow the hummer to the treetop and just snapped a photo. I lucked out getting this shot of the hummingbird on the nest. I did not know I got this shot until I looked at this photo on my computer. Can you find the hummingbird?


 For my NF Tree and bush entry I am sharing the Mountain Laurels, some were blooming and some were just starting to blooms. Pretty white and pink blooms. You can see the trail above lower right, the mountain laurels are taller than I am.


The skinny trail next to the river, it is getting crowded out by all the Mountain Laurels and greenery.


A view of the Gunpowder River, the trail headed down to the river and a friend gave me the correct name for the butterfly it is the Pale Beauty butterfly.


More of the foggy river scene, mountain laurel blooms, a Great Blue Heron flying above us and a Louisiana Waterthrush near the foggy river.


Sitting by the river is a cool spot to spend a summer day. Above you can see some fog just above the river created by the air temperature and the water temp. I hope you enjoyed our walk and my post. Thanks as always for your visit and nice comments. Have a great day and week ahead!

I use Pic Monkey to create my mosaics, you can use Pic Monkey free or pay for an upgraded version.
I hope you can join in on our fun with Mosaic Monday  and Our World Tuesday  and NF Trees

 Thanks to Judith our host of Mosaic Monday and to the hosting group of Our World Tuesday: Arija, Gattina, Lady Fi, Sylvia, Sandy and Jennifer and to Monica for hosting NF Trees & Bushes.  



88 comments:

blogoratti said...

Such beautiful scenery, and lovely photos. Have a wonderful week!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om
Idyllic!!! YAM xx

Tinna Sjoeberg said...

Beautiful pictures Eileen!
Would love to stroll along that river myself :)
Great catch of the humming bird (yeah, I found
it:) That must be a very tiny nest.
Love all your pictures :))

Have a beautiful Sunday and week to come!
Tinna ✐

Country Gal said...

Oh what a beautiful place and your photos of it are wonderful . I could sit there for hours just watching and listening to the water getting lost in its beauty . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely photos, the humming bird is so cute and what a lovely wee nest!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

wow...what a pretty place

TexWisGirl said...

the mountain laurel is awesome! so is your hummingbird on the nest!

Marie C said...

Just LOVE this wonderful place! Enjoyed your photos so much! The mountain laurel is just gorgeous, and what a great happenstance to catch the hummer on the nest! Great photos!

Bob Bushell said...

A nest of a Hummingbird, brilliant place.

Magia da Inês said...

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Fotos maravilhosas, como sempre.

Ótimo domingo! Boa semana!
Beijinhos.
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Sandra said...

I love that mist rising from the water at the end and those laurels are fantastic. i have not seen them in over 50 years. thanks for the memories. i would not have seen the hummer on the nest if you had not told me to look. she is perfectly camouflaged and beautiful.

Mary Hone said...

What a gorgeous area. Love all the plants and birds.

Debbie said...

beautiful images....the last one is quite magical!!!

A Casa Madeira said...

Lindo!
Prazer em conhecer.
Janicce.

A Quiet Corner said...

You had at the name of the river, let alone all your treasures!...:)JP

Stephanie said...

Lovely images and mosaics!

Nancy J said...

Foggy is perfect, I can see them printed and framed, and I did see the hummer, wondered if he knew where you were. What a wonderful place to visit.

Barb said...

This is such a pretty place to walk. The Mountain Laurel are lovely. How lucky to snap the hummer on its nest!

Gayle said...

Cool that you got the nesting bird. Fun to find when you're sure you missed it.

Mildred said...

Hi Eileen, These are some of my favorites! Such a beautiful day to photograph. We once lived beside a creek where mountain laurel would bloom around Mother's day each year. Thank you for sharing the beauty!!!

John's Island said...

Hi Eileen, Gunpowder River State Park is a neat looking place. Thanks for taking us along and sharing your pictures. Have a great week ahead!

Happyone said...

Looks like a wonderful place to send some time.

Giga said...

You can see a hummingbird and flowers and beautiful place on the water. Greetings.

Our photos said...

Very nice series ! I love the foggy river !

Rose said...

What a beautiful place! I would love to see it for real...and yes, I seen the hummer!

Brian King said...

Wow! Gorgeous!

Loredana Donovan said...

Very beautiful pics, Eileen! Thanks for your good wishes on my blog! :)

Missy George said...

Beautiful pictures Eileen..Wow..Super Hummer shot...Nice grouping..Enjoy your week...

edenhills said...

What a beautiful place!

Lynne said...

Great photos and you even caught the fog!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

How beautiful, and what a perfect place to spend a day, and you had perfect weather, unlike what we had this weekend!

I hope you have a good week too!

Chandra Eswaran said...

Loved the mosaics, Eileen; and, the name of that river (sounds like a Western)...
Have a Wonderful Week!
Peace :)

Linda said...

Love the little hummingbird!

Linda W. said...

Lovely flowers and nice mosaics.

Zizi Santos said...

Simplesmente maravilhoso!
as imagens , a paz, as flores
tenha uma linda semana
bj

Minoru Saito said...

Hi!I enjoyed your mosaic photos very much.Thanks for sharing. The mountain laurel photos are very beautiful.

The Yum List said...

You've captured some magical lighting in these photos.

Cloudia said...

Nature's Stained Glass windows!






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Noushka said...

What lovely place!
I can well imagine your thrill at discovering the humming bird was sitting in its nest!!
The photo with the fog gives away the ambiance of the place, true magic :)
Lovely post, Eileen!
Keep well and enjoy the new week.

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Eileen so many gorgeous photographs make into these lovely collages. beautiful flowers.

Indrani said...

Wonderful pics selected for the memes. :0
Have a great week ahead!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Lovely scenery along the river! I love all the birds and the flowers. Have a happy week, Eileen!

podso said...

How neat to catch that hummingbird. I found him! And everything looks so green. You've also captured the mist over the water. Nice. Have a good week.

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

What a lovely walk, Eileen!
Your photos and collages are really beautiful and there is a wonderful feeling of summer in this post. I so wish we had humming birds...
Thank you for sharing and have a great week ahead!

Mary Cromer said...

Now I must ask, where are the Mountain Laurels that I planted a few years ago. Just looked it up and I truly did plant a few and I know where and yet, they, like my Lavender and mysterious Lily's have all gone away. Don't you hate that, so many little walking creatures take them away, never to be seen again. Those plants are glorious and I am thinking I must try again. I can see the Hummingbird and the same thing happened to me last year while walking at Anchorage Trail and I heard the hummer first looked up and watched it head to it's nest. Happy week Eileen~

Rajesh said...

Beautiful place. So much greenery by the riverside.

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Hi Eileen,
fantastic photos and impressions of this wonderful walk.
The green is amazing and the blossoms gorgeous !
Best regards, Synnöve

Cathy Keller said...

It makes one wish she could step into your pictures and journey with you that day! Thank you!!! Have a wonderful day today!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Extraordinary!!!
Love the misty river scenes, the birds [the nest in the tree is stupendous!] and the beautiful, beautiful flowers.

Maggie said...

Eileen, you find the best places to go walking. Your captures this week are amazing, but then they always are!
Have a fab week,
Maggie.

"...E...", from VA, Beth said...

i am curious about this river ... what an interesting name. Gunpowder/state park, i will have to look into it more? neat one!! looks like a fun place. ( :

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Great luck with the hummingbird nest!

I love mountain laurels.
~

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

You always share the nicest walks with natures beauty and wildlife Eileen. What a lucky capture to get the hummingbird on the nest!
A lovely wisp of fog hovering over the water giving your photo an enchanting look.
As always, thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday.

Snap said...

What a great place! You find the most wonderful areas to explore! Happy Monday!

Vee said...

Love seeing the mountain laurel blooming like crazy. (My daughter's name is Laurel so I have a special fondness for the flower.) Very pretty post!

Mama Zen said...

Awesome shot of the hummingbird!

Lowcarb team member said...

Lovely selection of pictures again. I particularly like the 'tulip poplar bloom'

Do hope you have a great week.

All the best Jan

Sylvia K said...

Superb captures as always, Eileen!! Gorgeous flowers and I love the river shots! Such a beautiful place to spend some time!! Thank you for sharing the beauty -- as always! Hope you have a great new week!!

Lea said...

A beautiful series of photos!
Have a wonderful week!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I feel cooler just looking at this beautiful place. Don't think I've ever seem mountain laurel. Beautiful.

carol l mckenna said...

Gorgeous nature shots and wonderful presentation!

Happy week to you ~ Happy 4th of July in the USA
artmusedog and carol

maryaustria said...

Such a beautiful place! Nature is amazing! Wonderful photos!!

Pat said...

Beautiful captures. Good job spotting that hummingbird nest.

Photo Cache said...

What a wonderful place, especially the last image that is heavenly. Idk if we have mountain laurels here in Cali, but the blooms are very pretty.

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CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Eileen, I always enjoy your collages. Beautiful settings and flowers. What a special place to visit and capture these wonderful photos.
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Gail Dixon said...

I always enjoy seeing what you see on your birding/hiking adventures. What a treat the hummingbird on a nest is!

Tomoko said...

What a fabulous nature as always. I wish I could walk in that beauty. Especially liked to see misty water scenes.
Have a good day!

ladyfi said...

What leafy beauty! I especially like that magical fog in the last photo.

Sue (this n that) said...

Hi Eileen, it's certainly a beautiful and fascinating place to visit. You did a great job leading us through all the lovely spots.
How great to have snapped the Hummingbird on the nest!!! That was fabulous.
I love how the mist is rising in some scenes too. Always beaut to join you here, thanks for putting together such a delightful post :D)

Adam Jones said...

That river looks so inviting right now. Well done on capturing the Hummingbird in it's nest. That's not easy to do. Great stuff!

Annemor said...

Great post and well done.
I have neve seen blooming laurels, fascinating.
Have a nice day.
Mormor

NatureFootstep said...

what a name for a river! I hope it is not explosive :) It is beautiful with lots of fine vegetation :)

Karen S. said...

I am impressed with this area, what a neat place to wander about!

KaHolly said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Your pics are so clear and true.

LifeRamblings said...

such a beautiful spot to enjoy nature.

lina@women perspective said...

What a lovely place, Eileen. Wonderful shots!

Andrea Priebe said...

Oh Good Grief ... who but you could take a blind show and get a humming bird in it's nest. You surely are blessed ... and that doesn't even include that you have all of these lovely places to take a walk in right close to where you live. I think you should feel obligated to invite all of your blog friends to come visit :) Honestly, Eileen, your pictures are wonderful, each and every one. We are lucky to have you to share them with us ...

Andrea @ From the Sol

Lmkazmierczak said...

Great series-and to top it off with that hummingbird shot♪ http://lauriekazmierczak.com/y-shaped-ash-tree-remnant/

Fun60 said...

That's a great capture of the hummingbird.

EG CameraGirl said...

LOVELY photos!

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

Eileen what a beautiful spot! And how did you spot that hummingbird on the nest?

Have a great week!

Lorrie said...

The hummingbird photo is really special, and I love the fog on the river. You are so talented!

Mascha said...

It must be always a wonderful walk by the river, but most in blooming time, thanks that I could going with...
Have a nice day

(I often see little things only on my desktop, my eyes are very bad and so the camera helps me to see)

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen; What a MARVELOUS walk you always have♡♡♡ It is my first time to know about the Mountain Laurels,How I wish to see them♪ Isn't it wonderful when you find the unexpected luck on your photos; happy for you for your hummingbird shot. Wonderful collages and especially the last photo with fog is GORGEOUS(^_^)v

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

Saun said...

What a great series love them all especially the Hummingbird in the nest . Happy Fourth to you too!

Linda H said...

What beautiful photos of such a lovely area along the river. I find the photos have a very calming effect- I can almost hear the water. Gunpowder River.. I bet there's a good story behind that name?!

David Gascoigne said...

Kind of an ominous name for a beautiful river.

Oh My Heartsie W/Linky said...

Such a beautiful place to visit and relax, the river is so welcoming and the flowers beautiful!
Karren
#OMHGWW