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:

  1. 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.

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

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

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  4. 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!

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  5. 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

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

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

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  8. 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

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

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  10. 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

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  11. 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!

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  12. Love your photos!
    Have a great day!

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

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  14. 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!!!!

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

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

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

    Many greetings,
    Marco

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  18. A BIG POOL with lots of inhabitants.

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  19. 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!

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  20. 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

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

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

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  23. What a neat place. And all those different birds!

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

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

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  26. 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.

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  27. 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.

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  28. 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.

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  29. 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

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

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

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

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  33. 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.

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

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

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  36. 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!

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  37. Lovely blue sky shot!

    Happy Weekend coming to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  38. Beautiful place. The blue sky is a bonus here.

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  39. Really enjoyed your collage today Eileen.

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  40. 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..

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

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  42. Olá as imagens são lindas;
    Adorei conhecer o lugar;

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  43. I love the shot of the little Blue Heron.

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

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  45. 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!

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  46. 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 :)

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  47. 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!

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  48. 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.
    ~

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

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  50. 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.

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

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  52. Love the shots of the old rustic fort

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  53. 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!

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  54. 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.

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  55. 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*

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  56. Great birds, fences and wall and scenery.

    Happy Weekend.

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

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  58. Beautiful pictures ! and at the same time nice memories !

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

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

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  60. See ya for Saturday's Critter post!

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

    I love the cabin and the fence.

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  62. Beautiful place and photos.

    Have a nice weekwnd.

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

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

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

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

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  67. 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

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  68. 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!

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