Sunday, July 26, 2015

Trough Creek & Raystown Lake


I am linking up with   Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday  

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

Back in June, hubby and I took a daytrip to Trough Creek State Park and the Raystown Lake and Dam in Pennsylvania.

I read about this park on Felicia's Blog and we are always looking for new places and parks to visit. Felicia's photography is awesome, my images do not compare but I hope you enjoy.

At the park we took the hike to the Suspension Bridge, Rainbow Falls and the Balance Rock.


It felt a little shaky while crossing, but is was fun.  And while crossing the bridge I saw a  Great Blue Heron flying down stream. During this outing I heard more birds than I actually saw.



Here is the Rainbow Falls, I was hoping for a little more water on the falls.  I assume there had not been enough rain in this area at the right time.


We saw a lot of butterflies while at the Balance Rock. One Tawny Emperor was attracted to my hand.


Silly hubby laying under the balance rock, if it fell it would go the other way.

More butterflies were seen around our picnic area.


This is the Red-spotted Purple, a weird name for a butterfly.


Raystown Lake and some wildflowers.


A pretty view of the Raystown Lake and some of the wildflowers.


A few Killdeer were seen at the lookout at the Raystown Dam . I have a lot more images from our visit to this area I may do another post.  I hope you enjoyed our visit to the park. As always thank you for visiting my post and for the nice comments.  Have a happy new week ahead!

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I hope you can join in on our fun with Mosaic Monday  and Our World Tuesday 


 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.


79 comments:

Sue in the Wood said...

Oh, how beautiful. I love Pennsylvania. My husband was born there!

Kailani said...

some phenomenal shots, and that creek is so picturesque!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

So nice to see all the butterflies and wildflowers, Eileen! A very pretty place. Hope you have a great week!

Jo said...

What beautiful butterfly photos, Eileen. The scenery is spectacular too. Love that your hubby "chanced" the Balance Rock. Is that graffiti on the rock? Is it permitted? Or did someone vandalize it? This happens often here in SA; especially with the Bushman rock art in our mountain caves. Have a wonderful day. Jo

The Yum List said...

These photos make me want to go for a walk outdoors. Beautiful and refreshing feeling captured in these shots.

Sue said...

Very nice, Eileen

It's a shame someone had to graffiti up Balance Rock.

Margaret Adamson said...

well that park was certainly worth going to as the butterflies are awesome. So many and I loved seeing the Kildeer.

Möwe von der Insel said...

That was a wonderful day Eileen :)
Seeing so much beauty in just a
few hours :)) Love all your pictures,
my favourites are the flowers and
the butterfly on your hand :)

Have a wonderful week!
Möwe

Crissi said...

Very beautiful shots!
Have a nice week
hug Crissi

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Hi Eileen,
marvelous photos of this wonderful and special place with the bridge and the waterfall and all these Summer flowers and fantastic butterflies.
Best regards, Synnöve

✿ chica said...

Lindo tudo e desejo uma semana bem maravilhosa!bjs praianos, tudo de bom,chica

Blogoratti said...

Really wonderful place and photos.

A Quiet Corner said...

So nice you two do things like this!! ...:)JP

Giga said...

Enticing Butterflies and fifth photo. Greetings.

DIMI said...

Hello Eileen!!
Wow!!Such a beautiful place to visit!!Wonderful images!!
Like the wooden Bridge, the Butterflies shots and the pretty birds!
Amazing beauty!!!Thank you for sharing!!
Have a happy week!!
Dimi...

Rajesh said...

Very beautiful place with such lovely butterflies and birds.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Lovely photos, the waterfall is beautiful and the butterflies!

How did the kildeer get it's name? id that what its call sounds like?

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Such beauty! FYI... 'Ash(a)' in Sanskrit means 'hope', so that partnership on the rock has a lot of it...as did the supine hubby!!! &*> YAM xx

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

What fun! So many butterflies!!!

Tom said...

Butterfly heaven! Tom The Backroads Traveller

Lynne said...

I enjoy benefitting from your day trips . . .
Great pictures!

magnoliasntea said...

Oh Eileen, what a lovely place, and I enjoyed seeing it through your camera. Love all those butterflies, and I think some of their names are a bit odd, too.
That rock...and... men...lol. Love this post!
Have a great day!

Gayle said...

The RG has been to Raystown but I haven't. Maybe I should. Very nice.
And what a lot of butterflies you spied. Makes up for the ones that have been scarce.

Linda Gross said...

That park is really nice. Pretty pictures! If Bob and I are ever in the area and have some free time, we will make it a point to visit!

ladyfi said...

Silly hubby! ;-) and what lovely butterfly shots.

Debbie said...

gorgeous images....i just adore the butterflies!!!! and the waterfall is just beautiful!!!!

Mary Hone said...

All those butterflies are gorgeous. It looks like a great place to wander.

EG CameraGirl said...

I love it that you saw so many butterflies. I have seen so few lately that I was getting worried!

I love discovering new places for viewing nature. Very nice!

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

i feel like i heard about a suspension bridge recently ... i am not sure if it was this one? or not? very pretty. i love hikes of any sort. with a bridge is such a plus. love the waterfall. so earthly. ( :

Black Jack's Carol said...

I think your "silly" hubby has been taking lessons from Bill :) That photo made me smile. I love that blogging took you to these beautiful locations. The waterfall didn't have so much water, but it was a lovely shot regardless. I was blown away by the butterflies. To have one land on your hand must have been a neat experience. Such a variety and so beautiful. Loved the Killdeer as well. Beautiful post, Eileen! Have a wonderful Monday!

Linda W. said...

Lovely butterfly and wildflower photos! Glad you had a good trip.

Sandra said...

beautiful bridge and I think i could walk this one, some of the suspensions i refuse to walk.. i love the falls just like they are, all those beautiful layers of rock. i don't think i would lay under that rock either, i am the original Chicken Little

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful images, and there are the Butterflies, so close up.

George said...

These are all beautiful mosaics. You found some wonderful places to visit, and thanks for sharing your photos with us.

Nancy Chan said...

Its a beautiful park and your pictures are gorgeous. Lovely shots of lake view, birds, butterflies etc.

Kathie Brown said...

What pretty views of the wildflowers and the lake! Love the killdeer too!

Florence said...

What beautiful butterflies! And wild flowers too! It looks cool especially along the stream. Lovely.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Nice shots. Love those falls. The layered stones is amazing, isn't it?

ak-ut said...

what a beautiful pictured trip !!!
happy week for you too :-)

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Love the Tawny posing on your hand!

Also I'm a big fan of Red-spotted purples, they hang around here on Cacapon Mountain, W.V. I see the White Admiral (which they are genetically nearly identical to) far less.
~

Barb said...

Eileen, You've taken some great photos of the lake and environs. Have I ever told you I'm originally from PA? So many butterflies and wildflowers - looks like you visited at a perfect time.

Mary Cromer said...

I think that I would be a wee bit shaky on that bridge as well. Those butterflies are really gorgeous Eileen, and so many. Have a Happy day and a happy week~

Fun60 said...

So many different butterflies but what a pity that others don't respect the area and think it OK to write on the rocks.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, I sure enjoy seeing all the wonderful critters on your blog. Those butterflies were gorgeous. Have a fine Tuesday tomorrow!

Chris Rohrer said...

Mosaics are a great way to sum up a lot of events in one moment. You are the master of this and I appreciate you teaching me how to do my own. Again, beautiful area Eileen and like you, when I see a big gorgeous forest full of sound, I get a bit intimidated. I can hear them but rarely spot the tiny ones. And there are lots of tiny ones that dart around:) That bridge looks like fun:)

J said...

Rainbow falls is how I imagine heaven to be! That collection of lovely butterflies sure is friendly! How fun to get one to land on you! So pretty!

Sylvia K said...

Oh, I do love the butterflies!! They are so gorgeous indeed and your captures are superb, as always!! Thanks for sharing the beauty!! Hope you have a great new week!!

Felicia said...

It's a beautiful area. The waterfall does run out of water in the summer. i happened to hit it at the right time.

Your photos are wonderful Eileen. Thanks for the shout out.

carol l mckenna said...

Favorite is the bridge and your shot of it ~ All wonderful nature photos!

Happy Week to you,
artmusedog and carol

DeniseinVA said...

These are great and it is so much fun to learn of new places from other bloggers. I found out about Bombay Hook from you and I need to get back there sometimes. Have a great week Eileen.

colleen said...

A weird name for a black butterfly. In my world BF is a butterfly.

Penelope Puddlisms said...

Oh, my … all those beautiful butterflies (especially the one on your hand) would make me feel quite fluttery with excitement. :)

Missy George said...

Love the Butterflies..I never seem to be able to find any..We took our boat up to Raystown many years ago after Labor Day..It was deserted but we had a good time..

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Eileen, I love PA, my family is from there and W. V. Your mosaics are always wonderful. Love the butterflies. Have a nice week.
Hugs, cm

Gail Dixon said...

The wildflowers and lake scene is gorgeous!! It's so nice seeing all the different butterflies as well. We haven't seen many this year, sadly. Wonderful collection of beautiful photos!

Brian King said...

Too bad there wasn't more water coming over the falls, but you got some great photos of the butterflies!

edenhills said...

Beautiful falls. What amazing butterflies!

Photo Cache said...

Picmonkey is so user friendly isn't it? I also use it for collage. If I don't already have Photoshop and Corel I would pay for Picmonkey.

You did very well with your nature shots, as always.

LifeRamblings said...

the park looks very beautiful and inviting. thanks for sharing the beauty.

Al said...

Very nice. I love suspension bridges like that - I would very much enjoy crossing it.

TexWisGirl said...

love the falls! beautiful butterflies, too. hate to see the graffiti

bailey-road.com said...

So many beautiful butterflies.

Mama Zen said...

Gorgeous place! I love all those flowers.

Rose said...

Looks like a place I would love to visit...love the butterflies.

Wandering Wren said...

I'm here to take a big deep healthy breath of fresh air, love the butterflies and your hubby caught between a rock and hard place as the Aussies say!
Have a great week
Wren x

diane b said...

Wow! That is a beautiful park. Love the flowers and the lake. Great shots.

NatureFootstep said...

so many beautiful things to explore. I´d probably stayed far too long :) Thanks for sharing :)

NC Sue said...

Beautiful shots.
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Karen S. said...

I like stumbling on notes written by other folks, and what a great place to rest too. That bridge is so cool, great fun hiking out around there. All lovely nature scenes and did you close with my favorite Killdeers? Great shots, you capture amazing shots out about nature!

Lowcarb team member said...

What a lovely collection Eileen, thank you.

That bridge does look a little shaky though.

Have a good week

All the best Jan

Su-sieee! Mac said...

I like your photos, Eileen. They have me wanting to visit the place, if I'm ever in that area. I like walking across suspension bridges and around butterflies.
Take 25 to Hollister

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Wonderful butterflies. I always hear more birds than I see. The bridge looks a little scary!

Stephanie said...

Very beautiful images! Loved the butterflies, that bridge and the wildflowers!

Linda said...

Looks like a place I would like to visit!

Novroz said...

Lovely pictures!!
I especially like the third from the top.

Urrgh the graffiti on the rock...I hate how irresponsible people can be. I saw a lot of that too when I was hiking.

Ana Freire said...

A very beautiful place... and stunning images!
The butterflies are amazing!...
I just love all the photos!...
Kisses
Ana

GreenComotion said...

Such a cool place for hiking. I have never walked on a suspension bridge. Was that a lot of fun?
You got some lovely butterflies in this post, Eileen!
Very nice...
Have a Wonderful Day!
Peace :)

Liz said...

What a fabulous series, Eileen! Those butterflies are gorgeous!

Gunilla Bäck said...

What a great place to visit! I love the butterflies.