Thursday, October 22, 2015

Big Pool, Maryland

I am linking up with Skywatch Friday  and Good Fences
I hope you can join in on the fun and share your fence scenes and pretty skies.

It is hard to believe I have images from back on August 21 that I have not posted. It was a longer day trip for hubby and I to a place called Big Pool, Maryland. It is located off of RT 70 west, exit 12. There is a section of the C&O Canal trail that was new for us, a pretty lake and the C&O trail, lots of birds and the nearby Fort Frederick. Lots to see and do at Big Pool.


The birds of Big Pool, Md top row: Green heron, Wood Duck, DC Cormorants, GB Heron. Middle Row are possible Yellowlegs, Little Blue Heron, Goose, Wood Ducks. Bottom row are an unknown bird, Kingfisher, Great Egret with geese, and two Vireos.


Can you find the two Red-eyed Vireos in the photo above?


I found out after getting home that this sighting of the juvie Little Blue Heron was an unusual sighting for this county.


The long and winding C&O canal trail.


The Wood Ducks seemed to be everywhere along the canal trail, but I liked this shot that included the Green Heron with the Wood Duck.

Big Pool is located at mile 112.5 of the C&O Canal Trail. It was a nice spot for a hike, the birds and scenery were awesome. The C&O Canal trail runs thru the grounds of the Fort Frederick Park which is a national historic landmark.


 Before leaving Big Pool, we toured the Fort Frederick. They were preparing for the re-enactment that was happening the following day. Fort Frederick is a restored star shaped Fort that was active in the French and Indian War 1754-1763 and the American Revolutionary War 1775-1783.



For my Skywatch entry, it was a pretty clear blue sky on the day of our visit, I thought this entrance to the fort made a great fence shot for Tex's Good Fences.



On the grounds of the Fort is an old homestead and farm area that is used for the visitor center. This is where I found the caterpillar and I hope you noticed the blurry fence in the background.



And I always love a shot of the sky and flag for Skywatch Friday. I hope you enjoyed my birds of Big Pool, our walk and the tour of the Fort Frederick.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit and for your nice comments. Have a happy day and weekend ahead.

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 happy day and weekend ahead..


77 comments:

Margaret Adamson said...

A lovly place to hike and it looks like there is a lot to see.Love all the birds you found and photographed. Gret fence and reflections.

✿ chica said...

Belíssimo mosaico e fotos todas! Lindos lugares! bjs, tudo de bom,chica

Sue said...

Hi Eileen---nice place for a hike! And your header photo is lovely too!

Jeannie Marie said...

That is a cool fence! Very authentic to the location. I lived in Ohio for thirty years and missed this place. I will have to add it to my list as I visit back often. Thanks for sharing!

Christine said...

Awesome photos Eileen of so many birds and a lovely place to hike! The fence shot at Fort Frederick is fantastic!
Have a lovely day!
Christine

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Um belo trabalho e fotografias fantásticas.
Um abraço e continuação de uma boa semana.

bj said...

Your photos are sooo good and it's such a lovely place to hike...love the fence.

Buttons Thoughts said...

Oh I love that old rail fence. That is the way they used to do it, classic. Nice place to visit and your bird photos are awesome. Hug B

Tanya Breese said...

oh i love to tour historical spots like that and those birds are so well camouflauged! have a great day :)

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

112.5 ...that would be a great hike :O)

Ana Freire said...

What a great work as usual, Eileen!
I loved to see all the birds, and to get to know more about Fort Frederick...
An amazing post indeed! And a great day you had, for getting so many amazing shots!
Thanks for sharing!
Have a nice day ahead! Kisses...
Ana

Lynne said...

Always so much to see when you post . . .
You and your hubs find the best places to visit
and I enjoy you sharing them.
Look at that blue sky day too!
Great entrance fence!

Lea said...

Love your photos!
Have a great day!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
What a delightfully varied array again today... Fort Frederick is the sort of place I would love to wander round! YAM xx

Bob Bushell said...

Awesome pictures Eileen.

Debbie said...

what a great spot to see such a wide variety of birds. i have seen those juive herons only once, that's when i realized they are white!! that's a beautiful capture of him/her, it seems it is quite happy with it's reflection!!! i have fort frederick on my go to list...which is awfully long!!!

that's a great fence, i have only seen those on this link up!!!!

Debbie said...

isn't it late for a caterpillar, you could have brought it home. my experience with that was so good!!!!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

What a fun tour!
You always get your birds! Well done.
(ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

Marco Luijken said...

Hello Eileen,
Very nice pictures.
Nice to see all the different kind of birds.

Many greetings,
Marco

Tom said...

A BIG POOL with lots of inhabitants.

Kathy said...

You certainly got some great bird shots at Big Pool and that fence is amazing. It's hard to even pass by a fence without thinking of Good Fences, isn't it!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Eileen, what a great place to visit and your photos and collages are great. The 2 birds in the tree was a great photo. Have a wonderful day and rest of the week. xo

Breathtaking said...

Hello Eileen!:) Your fence shot this week is fantastic, and thank you for sharing so many photos of your trip.

handmade by amalia said...

Beautiful photos. I've began to see the first flocks of migrating birds flying through here, winter must be coming soon :-)
Amalia
xo

Mary Hone said...

What a neat place. And all those different birds!

Debby Ray said...

A great place for a hike...great captures and great fences!

EG CameraGirl said...

You chose a beautiful day to visit Big Pool and Fort Frederick!

DeniseinVA said...

A splendid series of photos Eileen. The heron with the reflection caught my eye today and also the fishing heron and the wood duck, but goodness, what a great series of shots. Happy day to you.

ladyfi said...

What a gorgeous place!

Karen S. said...

Good morning Eileen, Big Pool and Fort Frederick, what great places to tour. You couldn't ask for a better day. Lovely nature views, herons and ducks, always a treat. Enjoy your day.

Ida said...

What a wonderful place to enjoy nature. So many great birds sightings. I like the splitrail fence very much. That was a great find of the caterpillar as well. Lovely post as always.

Lowcarb team member said...

Well done an another set of great images.
Doesn't the sky look so blue on the image 3rd down on the first mosaic.

Hope your week has been a good one - so far.

All the best Jan

Sylvia K said...

Ah, beautiful blue, blue skies!! Wonderful captures as always, Eileen!! Hope you're ready for a great weekend! Enjoy!!

Giga said...

Very nice place for bird watching and Fort Frederick. Regards .

TexWisGirl said...

the fort fencing is neat. congrats on the little blue spotting!

Jim said...

Great post.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Looks like a great place to go birding and exploring! It took me a while to find both birds in that second photo!! Have a nice weekend.

ak-ut said...

such a great post - happy weekend, eileen :-)

b.."E"..th said...

the folks who build forts have such amazing skills! love the white (are the cranes?) got 2 go back & look! way cool. ( ;

tilden talks... said...

Eileen, I love all of your shots! I especially love the two that depict the grass and the sky. I love getting shots of natural blue and green together and you did a fine job with these captures!

carol l mckenna said...

Lovely blue sky shot!

Happy Weekend coming to you,
artmusedog and carol

Photo Cache said...

Beautiful place. The blue sky is a bonus here.

The Yum List said...

Really enjoyed your collage today Eileen.

Missy George said...

THe Vireos did a great job of blending in...I had to enlarge the picture..A great place to find a large variety of birds...Great shots..

Bruce Clark said...

Good shot for Theresa's meme. Don't see many of those here in Connecticut.

A Casa Madeira said...

Olá as imagens são lindas;
Adorei conhecer o lugar;

Michelle said...

I love the shot of the little Blue Heron.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Wow - great bird photos. I love that name, Big Pool. Great shots of the fort.

Mama Zen said...

I love that reflection shot!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Loved the walk and all the birds! I found both the vireos, it reminded me of those find the hidden object puzzles that used to be in kids magazines!

GreenComotion said...

Very nice scenes, Eileen!
I notice that the designs on the drums in collage # 2 match that on the worm in collage # 3 :)
Have a Great Day!
Peace :)

rupam sarma said...

Beautiful photos
Greetings

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

HI Eileen! It has been too long, and I have so missed being able to see your photos and read about your trips. This series is perfect, and what a perfect day you had to enjoy! I thought of you yesterday when I saw a Kingfisher, and here you have one in your post today -- I've never been able to get a photo of one, they're a bit shy, aren't they? I hope you have a good weekend -- I heard our good weather is supposed to continue!

Take care, and thank-you for your kind words on my blog for Buddy!

Stephanie said...

Wonderful series!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Love your pics, Eileen.

I pass that exit for Big Pool routinely, driving from D.C. to Berkeley Springs (via Hancock, Md). Usually I'm in a hurry to get there and never think of stopping.
~

Karen said...

Oh, I envy you! You see the greatest birds. Lovely blue sky in that last shot.

Nancy Chan said...

You have chosen a very interesting trail to hike. I marvel at your knowledge of the names of the birds that you have sighted. The caterpillar is a pretty one. You have a great collection of critters, fences and clear blue sky.

Crissi said...

Very nice pictures.Thanks for showing!
Happy weekend Eileen
Crissi

thomas said...

Love the shots of the old rustic fort

Cath said...

Such a lot of birdlife...my farmer would of been in seventh heaven to see all of those and good spotting for the little Blue Heron. Great fence too at Fort Frederick!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I found the two red eyed vireos. Of course I had to prop my head at the right angle to get the right range of my trifocals to examine the photograph and they popped right out of the background.

I'd love to walk a little bit along the C&O canal. Such an historic waterway.

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen; Oh My, Wonderful tour you had enjoying such varieties of birds and sight through hiking the trail♡♡♡
I enjoyed the first picture enlarged and must be facilitating being able to be with you(^_^)v
And the entrance to the the Fort Frederick is quite unique and interesting♪ LOVE the flag shot as well♬♬♬

My father's memorial service was today and husband is inviting 3 calligraphy group lady this weekend, serving soba(^^;) But I'll try hard visit friends☆☆☆ Thank you SO much for hosting, Dear friend.
Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

carolann said...

Great birds, fences and wall and scenery.

Happy Weekend.

LV said...

What a pleasure it is taking trips with you. Truly enjoy.

Gattina said...

Beautiful pictures ! and at the same time nice memories !

NatureFootstep said...

nice to see you fall behind too when it comes to posting. :)

The goose look weird. Must some juvie I think. A great day :)

Andy Wilson said...

See ya for Saturday's Critter post!

Gail said...

Enjoyed all your pictures. We rarely see a variety of waterbirds.

I love the cabin and the fence.

amo sin blogg said...

Beautiful place and photos.

Have a nice weekwnd.

Our photos said...

Very nice !

Al said...

It looks like a lovely place. And your Olympic post previously is wonderful. Have a great weekend!

wildlifewatcher said...

I really love the Green Heron. Excellent pictures of your excursion. Have a wonderful weekend!

Happyone said...

Great shots and I want to thank you for all your kind comments you leave on my blog. : )

Indrani said...

Lovely all of them. I could spot the 2 red eyed vireos. :)
The heron with its reflection is captured well.

Linley S said...

Hi Eileen, that is my kind of place to visit. Great walk trail and Big Pool looks aptly named. The Fort sounds interesting, so nice to see these things preserved

AlexaT said...

Also, this post is great! So many details from the summer travel you had... I love the historical images from the fort, the whole walk and the birds!
A good day!

Heather said...

Great bird shots!