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

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Saturday's Critters #93

Saturday's Critters #93

Happy Saturday, it's time to share your critters and post. Any kind of critter will do, even a new or old post.. I appreciate everyone who is linking in with this week's critter party.

Last week on my critter post I shared mostly the Great Egrets and Night Herons from the York Pa rookery now I am sharing the assorted ducks, geese, heron and egret shots. These images are from July 31, I really need to clean out my files.


A female Mallard giving me the evil eye.


A couple of cute ducklings.


Hybrid Mallards, the ducklings are cute but almost off of the bottom of the photo.


 Canada Geese and a Great Egret


More of the Mallards, hybrid Mallards and a juvie Black Crowned Night Heron is snoozing in the back. I hope you enjoyed my critter post. I thank everyone who is participating with my critter linky party. Also thanks to all who just stop by for a visit and most of all for all the nice comments.  Have a happy weekend!





To see more beautiful birds and cute critters, check out these two memes below.
Also visit:  I'd-Rather-B-BirdinThanks to the gracious host: Anni.  

Thursday, September 24, 2015

NCR Bike Trail

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.

Happy Autumn everyone!

Sometimes hubby and I like an easy close by walk so we head to the local NCR bike trail. NCR stand for the North Central Railroad.  The whole trail is 20 miles total from Hunt Valley Maryland to the Maryland-Pennsylvania line. It does continue into Pennsylvania toward York Pa. These are some fence scenes from along the trail and my capture of the moon setting in the morning. I also included hubby's sunset shots at our lake.


The moon setting seen from my deck. Just a reminder another Super Moon and the Lunar Eclipse will begin on the evening of Sept 27th and end on the 28th. I am hoping for clear skies during this time.  In our area the eclipse should be visable at 10:47 PM.  I hope I can stay awake!


We have been seeing some Great Blue Herons fishing in the river near the bike trail. A Red Admiral Butterfly and some wildflowers.


This Great Blue Heron is standing tall in the River next to the trail.


The bike trail near the land of the Gnomes.


More of the NCR trail and there is a home off the trail that has this land of the Gnomes.  Near a cascade section of the river there is a sign warning there could Copperhead snakes hidden in the rocks.


A larger view of the Gnomes, there is a warning sign saying it is the Point of Gnome return. Watch out for those sneaky gnomes.



Sunset leaving a pink water... a pretty reflection.



Another one of hubby's photos, more of the reflection at our lake..
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..

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Susquehanna River Trail


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 again sharing another one of our walks. This time hubby and I were walking the trail that follows along the Susquehanna River.  The trail has great views of the river and is usually a great place to see the birds. The Bald Eagles are known to nest along this river and there is also a Great Blue Heronry.


Above first row is a Song Sparrow, unknown flycatcher, Tree Swallows. Middle row is a Double Crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Gulls. Bottom row another Great Blue Heron, Osprey on the wire and a juvenile Bald Eagle.



A view of the Susquehanna River, way in the distance is the bridge that carries Highway I-95 across the river. For my NF Tree entry the river is lined with a hardwood forest.


A view below the Conowingo Dam, the hang out with a group of DC Cormorants and one Great Blue Heron.


Some scenes from along the Susquehanna River trail, lots of trees one tree with many carved initials, some wildflowers, the river and a Red-spotted Purple butterfly.


I thought this flower was delicate and pretty, a tiny flower with spider webs. I hope enjoyed this walk with me and my hubby. We enjoyed having you along. Thanks for visiting and for the nice comments. Have a happy new week ahead!







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

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Saturday's Critters #92

Saturday's Critters #92

Happy Saturday, it's time to share your critters and post. Any kind of critter will do, even a new or old post.. I appreciate everyone who is linking in with this week's critter party.

I am sharing some of the birds we saw during our visit to the York Pennsylvania Night Heron and Great Egret rookery. These images are from July 31st I have beenn jumping all around sharing images and post of our outings and walks.


A Great Egret showing us how to walk this way.


A Great Egret on the nest.


Great Egret on the nest


Black Crowned Night Heron on nest.


Black Crowned Night Heron.


At the rookery we saw a lot of the juvenile Black Crowned Night Herons.


The Gray Catbird giving me the eye.


Another juvenile Black Crowned Night Heron.


Both the Great Egret and BC Night Heron seem to be watching something in the shot above? Maybe a fish in the lake?


Can you spy the juvenile Night Heron in the shot above?


This Great Egret chick has some fuzz left. Check out that "fuzzy do".  I hope you enjoyed my birds from the York Pa rookery. They are always a treat for me to see. Thanks for linking up and for visiting and for the nice comments. Have a happy weekend!





To see more beautiful birds and cute critters, check out these two memes below.

Also visit:  I'd-Rather-B-BirdinThanks to the gracious host: Anni. 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Patapsco State Park


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 seems like I will be sharing summer photos well into Autumn. On this day hubby and I went on our walk at the Patapsco Sate Park, an area known as Avalon in the park and is located in Baltimore County. We walked on one of the many trails called the Grist Mill trail, checked out the swinging bridge and the Lost Lake. This trail 2.3 miles follows the river and the railroad bed.


For my skywatch entry, it was a pretty day to be out for a walk.  A lovely sky with the puffy white clouds. Some people were tubing or playing in the river.


 Some scenes from our walk around the Lost Lake. The butterflies were enjoying the Joe Pye weed.  Lots of butterflies, turtles and dragonflies.


Some pretty Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterflies and the Joe Pye Weed.



I believe the top left is a Cardinal, an American Robin, A cute tired Golden Retriever pup we met on the trail, and a view of the Patapsco River.


A larger view of the Lost Lake. For Tex's Good Fences entry you can see the fence far across the lake. And you can see a slight reflection of the sky and clouds on the lake.


The Grist Mill trail, there were some small bridges that crossed some creeks that went into the Patapsco River. I think this also counts as a fence photo for Tex's Good Fences meme.



The Swinging Bridge was fun as long as like me you did not come across a bicycle rider who could not read the signs.


For my Skywatch, above the sky on the day of our visit to the park. There were some people playing in the Patapsco River. I hope you enjoyed our walk at the park, the birds, sky and scenery! 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..


Sunday, September 13, 2015

Swan Harbor Farms


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.

These images and mosaics are from our walk and daytrip to Swan Harbor Farms Park in Havre De Grace Maryland. I have done other posts on this park and the Rails we have seen at this park.

For my Nature Notes and Wild Bird post I sharing the birds below in my mosaic. On this day we heard the rails but could not see them, we did see the Belted Kingfisher, Great Blue Heron, Mallard ducks, and a Green Heron in flight which was spooked by some Canada Geese landing. There were some pretty wildlfowers and daylilies.


Above are some of the birds we saw on our outing, the Kingfisher, GB heron and the Green Heron in flight.


I am not sure what the Kingfisher has in it's mouth, maybe a frog?  It show the rufous belly bands of the female Belted Kingfisher. The male has a bluish breastband.


The yellow waterlilies or are the lotus flowers, either way they looked beautiful.


For my NF Trees/bushes I have the the wild hibiscus. I believe it is like a bush. But I am not sure about the name for the purple flowers. As always thank you in advance for visiting my post and for the nice comments. Have a happy Day and new week ahead!





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


I hope you enjoyed our daytrip to the wildlife refuge. As always thank you for visiting my post and for the nice comments. Wishing everyone a happy Monday and new week ahead!



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