Sunday, September 27, 2015

Shenandoah National Park


I have a list below of memes I am joining for this week, and to save time I am doing one post for all. 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. Special thanks to all the wonderful host and their memes, I hope you have some time to check them out.


Hello, I am sharing another daytrip to Shenandoah National Park on Aug 26th. It is one of our favorite places to visit and an enjoyable drive. We like to hike on the Limberlost Trail and on this day we also hiked some of the Hawksbill Trail. It was nice to see the Dark-eyed Juncos off of the Limberlost trail and we enjoyed watching an Eastern Bluebird family while eating lunch at the Big Meadows.



For my Wild Bird entry these are the best bird images I could come up with during our visit to Shenandoah on this day. The top row is the Dark-eyed Junco and the bottom row a family of Eastern Bluebirds.  I saw and heard lots of other birds but no photos.


The new bridge on the Limberlost trail, it is wider for the handicap access.


Somes scenes from our hike on the Limberlost Trail, some pretty wildflowers, gorgeous big ferns and some chicken of the woods fungi and the signpost labeling the trails.


Some wildflowers off of the Skyline Drive.



For NF Trees here are some of the trees of off  the Hawksbill Trail.


I just love this tree with the hole almost heart shaped and the greenery growing inside.


The Hawksbill trail above, a whitetailed deer, some berries and unusual plant and blooms.


We noticed this plant growing along the trail the leaves had a lot of white on them and there were some unusual blooms. I am not sure of this plants id?


A view from the Range View overlook on the Skyline Drive.

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed our visit to Shenandoah Nat'l Park. I also appreciate the nice comments. Have a happy new week!



Thanks to Judith our  host of Mosaic Monday
Thanks to Mersad for hosting Through My Lens.
Thanks to Monica for hosting NF Trees
Thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes
Thanks to Sue for hosting Wordless Wednesday
Thanks to the hosting team of Our World Tuesday!
Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday

104 comments:

✿ chica said...

Muito lindo esse parque!Adorei ver! beijos, ótima semana! chica

Stewart M said...

Nice shots - I recall having to ask another birder on the US 'what are those birds' and they were Dark-eyed Juncos.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Small City Scenes said...

I like all your images too many to pic a favorite---All good.
Our black eyed Junco's are a bit different than yours. I'll have to picture one sometime.
MB

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

Beautiful, calming photos and mosaics, Eileen. The landscapes are wonderful and some of the trees really gorgeous!
Have a great week!

Snap said...

Loved your visit to Shenandoah Nat'l Park! So many wonderful spots to walk/hike in your area. Love the wildflowers. Have a great day (and a nice walk)!

Marit Sønstebø said...

Wonderful photos from the park! The tree with the hole was so beautiful.
I wish you a nice day and week ahead!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

all nice shots...but I am particularly drawn to that mountain skyline. Oh...how I miss the mountains. :O[

Lowcarb team member said...

What beautiful scenes, and amazing trees too.

Have a good week ahead.

All the best Jan

Tomoko said...

All of your photos are beautiful as always. You captured that sweet tree with the hole!

Linda said...

Beautiful series, Eileen, and I love how you showcased them!

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

that is one of my most favorite parks around the VA. i love the tree with the hole it that is too cool for shots. i love the wildflowers. have a great week. ( :

Captured By Jade said...

This looks like a lovely trail, I can see why it's one of your favourites. You spied some beautiful birds and your final image shared of the mountains and sky is just stunning.

Sharing snapshots at Captured By Jade

Karen S. said...

Good morning Eileen, your photos are a blessing this rather grey morning here. It's trying to rain! The tree with the greenery inside that heart is just priceless! My favorite of all your lovely photos. Enjoy your week ahead!

Karen S. said...

It's so funny, I have to share this. It seems once I label the day as I see it, without fail, as if to prove me wrong, it turns face and now the sun is bursting through! I just love it. I do hope it lasts!

Lea said...

Beautiful photos! Years ago we drove along the beautiful Skyline Drive. Maybe someday we will be back to walk a few trails.
Have a wonderful week!

Nancy Chan said...

The bridge on the Limberlost trail looks very strong and safe. The bench on the trail for resting and enjoy the nature. That's a nice name Chicken of the Woods Fungi, learning something new. And that's a great find, the big tree with a heart shaped hole with greenery growing inside. Really amazing!

Mary Hone said...

It looks so green and lush. Beautiful.

Debbie said...

nature...the great outdoors, our happy place. i love the peacefulness of that path and bridge!!!!

Channon Douglas said...

Wow! Beautiful. Looks like a lovely place to visit.

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Hi Eileen,
fantastic photos of this wonderful park and area. Amazing.
Have a nice new week ahead.
Best regards, Synnöve

My name is Riet said...

Hi Eileen. What a beautiful park you visited and your photo's as always tell me so.
Have a nice week.

Jo said...

Hi Eileen, all great images. Love the birds but the tree with a hole in and greenery growing out of that is amazing. Have a great day. Jo

Tom said...

What a glorious place!

Teresa Sjönberg said...

Hello Eileen! Nice to see your beautiful nature pictures. Have you ever counted how many national parks you have seen? I love forrests too.

Mama Zen said...

Pretty shots, Eileen! I love that bridge.

Margaret Adamson said...

That last shots is a lovely view and you have a nice selection of birds in the collage, love the trees and the new bridge. Many thanks for linking me in on Saturday. I had a marvellous time andweather was great. we ringed over 200 birds so was very busy.

Mascha said...

Lovely series of a famous place!
And unusual for me birds
Have a nice new week :-)

Jamie Jeffers said...

It's so beautiful! We have driven through there on our way to the beach, and I always think that we should make that our next destination.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Your birds, as always, fabulous. The tree is a hoot, though!

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful images that you saw Eileen.

Country Gal said...

Fantastic photos ! Looks like a lovely place . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

Forest Dream Weaver said...

I love the view looking over the wall.
Beautiful post......thank you!

Fun60 said...

All good but I particularly like that last photo. Including the stone wall really adds to the composition.

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

Love the header and I adore the vistas and views especially the bluebirds...they are absent from here now...sad!

Sandra said...

the first collage, i like the two little bluebirds facing each other on that tiny limb., and the trail is wonderful. that tree with the hole in it really something. also it would be perfect to PLAY with for Halloween

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Woodland ways and vistas vast... deep breath........... YAM xx

EG CameraGirl said...

Another place I would love to visit!

TexWisGirl said...

love that tree, too! i love all the shade!! it's still hot here. :)

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Won't be long before the juncos make their appearance in our backyard. The new bridge is lovely and inviting.
Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday Eileen.

genie said...

Our plan for yesterday had been to go hiking in Shenandoah National Park but then we opted for my Disaster Hike. Your pictures are beautiful. Ours are few and not very colorful. It looks like you all had a great time.

NatureFootstep said...

so much different thing s to see on those trails. And I just love the tree with greenery inside it :)

Ailime said...

Hi Eileen, a fabulous Park! All the photos are beautiful, but I loved the trunk with the florida cavity, the bridge, the mushrooms, all of them! Congratulations! Wish you a great week, hugs

DeniseinVA said...

Outstanding post and wonderful photos Eileen. You're in one of my most favorite places.

Rhonda Albom said...

Beautiful park, and I am glad you spotted that heart shaped hole in the tree and shared it with us.

carol l mckenna said...

All very wonderful photography ~ beautiful place and favorite is the bridge shot!

Happy Week to you,
artmusedog and carol

Rose said...

I love that last shot, and I love the tree, too.

Missy George said...

Wonderful collection of photos Eileen.. I have never seen the skyline drive but I hear it is beautiful. You find some beautiful places to take pictures and visit and wildlife. Enjoy your week.

The Yum List said...

I'd love to go for a jog through this beautiful park.

colleen said...

Looks a lot like here. I live further up the Parkway. Love the green growing in t he tree opening.

Photo Cache said...

I love the tree with the hole. Enjoy the last week of September.

Worth a Thousand Words

Karen said...

You got some wonderful photos. I love the mountains in the distance from Skyline Drive!

Linda W. said...

This looks like a wonderful place! Another National Park to put on my list.

mick said...

A great series of photos. It looks like a very beautiful place to visit. The trails through the forest are lovely. Thanks for sharing.

NC Sue said...

Beautiful shots - what a wonderful place to meander on a lovely afternoon!
Thank you for linking up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/09/shake-those-tail-feathers.html

Margie said...

Nice shots, Eileen. My favourite is the tree with the greenery growing in the middle.

pattisjarrett said...

Another place I haven't been in a long time. Love the greenery-filled heart find.

Betsy Adams said...

Hi There, I enjoyed every single picture on this post... You know how much I love that area. The Shenandoah area along the Skyline Drive is a favorite of ours. We probably won't get back that way this year --but maybe next.. We will miss it. Thanks for showing all of those marvelous pictures.
Hugs,
Betsy

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Shenandoah National Park is a beautiful place to visit in any season, and your great photos really show that! I almost took my friend there on Saturday, but we ended up at the apple festival instead.

Karen said...

Lovely scenery. I like your mosaics.

Andrea said...

Hi Eileen, the numerous comments are incredible! I love walking through trails like you did, and when in NZ my sister and i just did like that. She was always ahead because she is not taking photos, while i always felt like i need more time. How wonderful to be inside those vegetation and enjoying the photography subjects. It could be so wonderful joining you in a photowalk.

What Karen Sees said...

Beautiful series of images. I especially like the tree with the greenery tucked away in the hollow of the trunk.

Stephanie said...

All wonderful images. I love that trail, bridge and the greenery in that tree.

Lorrie said...

The dark-eyed juncos are such softly pretty birds, not flashy, but elegant. Wonderful photos of your time in the park.
Have a great week.

ladyfi said...

Wonderful shots! I too love that heart-shaped hole in the tree.

rupam sarma said...

Beautiful place and photos.
Greetings

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I visited Shenendoah National Park many years ago, Eileen and loved it's beauty. The tree with the greenery inside was such a nice surprise to see!

ak-ut said...

beautiful place and shots :-)

Breathtaking said...

Hello Eileen!:) What a peaceful place, I would love to wander those tree lined trails and see the wildlife there. Nice nooks with ferns,bridge,and bench,and love the shot of plant growing inside the tree hollow, and all your nature captures of birds that I never see here.

Ileana said...

Wonderful photos! I love that tree. :) Have a nice day!

handmade by amalia said...

Thanks for taking us along, Eileen, I enjoyed visiting this beautiful place.
Amalia
xo

Klara said...

that's my kind of day activity. wonderful place, wonderful shots.

Kate said...

Great shots! Looks like a wonderful place to hang out for a day.

September Violets said...

Such beautiful scenery along this trail Eileen! Love the view from the wall. My kind of hiking trail with lots of interesting things to admire. The dark-eyed Junco is so cute. We've had a little nuthatch visiting us lately ... very shy ;)
Wendy

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

It's a planter tree! Love those bluebirds, too.
~

Michele {Malaysian Meanders} said...

I've always wanted to drive Skyline Drive and visit Shenandoah, so this post caught my eye. I also like that tree with the hole in the trunk filled with greenery.

Gillena Cox said...

Enjoyed the walk through with these beautiful photos, have a good week

much love...

Existe Sempre Um Lugar said...

Boa tarde, momentos excelentes para fotografar, a floresta húmida e as belas folhas revelam que chegou o lindo Outono.
As fotografias são maravilhosas.
AG

fredamans said...

Those look like trails I'd love to go hiking on. :-)

Cathy Keller said...

Beautiful Autumn photos! Such a lovely walk! Have a wonderful week!

Christine said...

A beautiful place! I love that sweet capture of the deer- I nearly
missed it!
The view is fantastic too!
Enjoy your week!

Andrea Priebe said...

I love the knotty old tree with new life in it's belly ... what an interesting catch. Your groupings are always beautiful because you are good with your camera and you have so much to work with where you live. Have a wonderful week, Eileen ...

Andrea @ From The Sol

Crafty Green Poet said...

what a lovely place for a walk - the tree with the greenery filled hole in the trunk is beautiful

Laura. M said...

I love the wooden bridge and the last picture !!
Buen día Eileen.
Besos.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, It is a place I have wanted to visit but have never been to. I like the pictures of the Juncos and Eastern Bluebirds a lot. Have a wonderful day today!

Rambling Woods said...

It is a huge win-win of the drive is good too. That isn't always the case. Beautiful place for humans and wildlife.. Thank you for linking in Eileen... Michelle

Amy Franks said...

I just love visiting spots like this, gnarled trees and quiet bush walks really do refresh the soul, have a great week :-)

Chris Rohrer said...

I am so envious of your fall weather. You've been here many times but each time you go, you present something different. I like the tree with plants growing out of the hole. Enjoy the fall weather! So envious!

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

LOVELY shots...especially that bridge ( I felt as if I was there ) and that pretty tree hole where surely fairies dwell within :)

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Beautiful! Was the Limberlost Trail named after the book, "The Girl of the Limberlost"? Your photos show flowers and such that remind me of the scenes in the book. This is another place I'd like to visit one day.
The View from the Top of the Ladder
Take 25 to Hollister

Sylvia said...

Eileen, Is that a new header? I think so. Love the monarchs. Sylvia D.

Ruth Rieckehoff said...

Amazing photos as always! I hope I can visit this park one day (or any park soon, I can't get enough of National Parks).

aspiritofsimplicity said...

I love the heart shaped hole in the tree. It's nice they are making things more accessible for the handicapped. My daughter and I were walking in a park in MA and saw a man in a wheelchair on the trail. Very nice to see.

Cranberry Morning said...

What a beautiful place to walk. I love that bridge!

Bethany Carson said...

The Eastern Bluebirds are pretty neat! The trail looks like one I'd love to hike or bike! Enjoyed your photos--ahh, and that range view is beautiful! Reminds me of the song Roy Rogers sang, "Don't Fence Me In." Oh give me land, lots of land, under starry skies: don't fence me in. Let me ride through the wide open country that I love; don't fence me in...

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

It's just a wonderful place and you are so lucky to live close! That tree with it's own garden blooming inside it is fantastic. As are all your pictures, as usual!!! Thanks for letting us walk along with you.

Linda said...

Lovely photos of one of my favorite places!

vivi ka said...

With your great photos I felt that i was walking in the park. Thanks for sharing! Have a great new month!

Mary Cromer said...

Very lovely image shares Eileen. You always take some great ones to share. It has been such a hard week and then our desktop is still at Geek Squad, but happy that I finally arrived with this slow as molasses laptop. Have a wonderful weekend~

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen; What a GREAT visit to Shenandoah National Park♡♡♡ Full of natures, Dearest Eileen and as always; made me wish to be you to enjoy walking the Trail and seeing Dark-eyed Juncos & wild flowers♪

Thank you SO much for your thoughtful comment.
My eye’s condition gets better except the distorted vision. Haha, seems I need to get used to it.

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

Ann Rasmussen said...

Oh my. The park looks so beautiful. Are you in hurricane way? I hope not. Loved the bird photos as, always.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Wonderful photos, Eileen! I love the heart shaped hole. What a cool find.

Indrani said...

Great series!
You have the best to present! :)
Have a great weekend!

Ana Freire said...

Lovely images!!!
I loved the bridge... and the image of the tree with the hole... my favorites of all...
Great shots, Eileen!

Lei Angeles said...

My kind of places to visit. So calming and relaxing. Thanks for sharing!