Sunday, June 26, 2016

Shenandoah National Park

Hello,


On June 6th hubby and I went on a daytrip to Shenandoah National Park. We walked on my favorite Limberlost Trail and drove on the Skyline Drive as far south as the Big Meadows. We had a late lunch at their camp store and restaurant before heading back north on the Skyline Drive and homeward bound.



On the Limberlost Trail we saw and heard a lot of American Redstarts. This is the male above.


In my mosaic above are some wildflowers and birds we saw during our visit to the park. The birds are the American Redstart, Scarlet Tanager, Eastern Towhee and the Cedar Waxwing.


A pretty blue sky and the Scarlet Tananger.


I believe these were wild Columbine flowers growing along the Limberlost trail.





A view of the Appalachian mountains from the range view overlook. I hope you enjoyed my post and my views of Shenandoah Nat'l Park.


For Tom's Barn Collective, on the way home I have a drive by shot from our daytrip to Shenandoah.

Thank you for visiting and for the nice comments. As always, thanks to the wonderful group of hosts listed below.

Here is a list of linky parties for part of the week, Sunday thru Wednesday. I hope to see you there.

Thanks to Tom the host of the The Barn Collective
Thanks to Jesh our host for Seasons

Thanks to Judith our  host of Mosaic Monday  this will be the last Mosaic Monday for Judith and possibly the end of Mosaic Monday.

Thanks to Monica for hosting NF Trees
Thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes
Thanks to the hosting team of Our World Tuesday!
Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday

92 comments:

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Excelente trabalho e belas fotografias.
Um abraço e bom fim de semana.
Andarilhar

TexWisGirl said...

pretty blooms, ferns, birds. :)

indah nuria Savitri said...

such a beautiful place to visit! You have taken so many lovely pictures, eileen. Thanks for sharing it..

Martin Kloess said...

Thank you for these touches of loveliness

John's Island said...

Hi Eileen, I enjoyed all your photos here. My favorite (hard to choose ... they are all good) is the wild Columbine. Thanks for sharing your visit to the Park. Wishing you a happy week ahead!

Lea said...

That is a very interesting barn, and the wildflowers are lovely.
Twelve wonderful photos in the mosaic!
Have a great week!
Lea

ann said...

The park is wonderful. We often hear of such places this far west, so it is nice to it for real. The birds are quite exciting. I'd love to see the scale tanager in the wild. we see the towhee here in the spring, rarely, but we do see them as they pass through. I just love your bird photos.

Wandering Wren said...

May your week be full of blue skies and wonderful critters to spot!
Wren x

Villrose said...

Lovely birds and flowers!

Missy George said...

Beautiful pictures Eileen. I wish we were just a little closer to the skyline Drive. Beautiful scenery especially in the fall. I hope you have a good week .

Tom said...

Eileen, what a collection of beautiful nature shots and then capped off with a lovely white barn. You have it all! Thanks for sharing and I hope that there are more barns along your way.

The Yum List said...

What a beautiful trail. I can see why it's one of your favourites.

Michelle said...

I was there, years ago. Such a beautiful place!

Betsy Adams said...

Hi, You are so lucky to get to take Day trips to Skyline Drive. We LOVE that area --but don't get there nearly as much as we wish we could. The wild flowers and of course, the birds --and the gorgeous VIEWS make a trip like that worthwhile.

Hugs,
Betsy

Lynne said...

Beautuful,photos and views . . .
And yes to the wild columbine . . .

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Another enjoyable series of photos! We were over around Front Royal today, it would have been a perfect day to enjoy Skyline drive, but we just couldn't fit it in. Next time! I hope you've had a great weekend, the weather sure has been wonderful, hasn't it?

Carol said...

Thank-you for sharing your visit to the park. Beautiful photos of the birds & wildflowers!

Kelleyn Rothaermel said...

Lovely! The columbine are lovely! So delicate!
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Linda said...

Lovely shots of one of my favorite places!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Beautiful photos, Eileen. I visited this national park many years ago and remember how wonderful driving the skyline drive was and all it's amazing views.

Nancy Chan said...

I always enjoyed your nature posts. Cute birds, pretty flowers and beautiful scenery and barn too! The wild Columbine flowers look very delicate and pretty!

jandi said...

love the soft pastel hues in these images! the first image is gorgeous! wishing you a beautiful week!

Jo said...

Hi Eileen, a beautiful sunny post with gorgeous blooms.

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen; Wow; Gorgeous mosaic with Beautiful birds and flowers♡♡♡ Walking LOvely and peacful 'Limberlost Trail' must make reflesh and help you create peaceful mind♪
Have a wonderful new week;
Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

magnoliasntea said...

Wow, gorgeous photos, Eileen! I especially love the birds.
Have a great week!

genie said...

Buddy is always up in the Shenandoah National Park hiking and picking up and transporting AT hikers from A to B locations. He keeps promising to take me and let me stay in the OLD hotel, but I am still waiting. The best I have gotten to do is ride thru it. I did go to Big Meadows years ago. Your collection of picture is beautiful. Lovely shots of the birds...and the barn is a real collector. White barns are few and far between to find. This is a really nice one. Have a wonderful week. Pray the rain does hot inundate us again...tho the weather forecast is not good. Poor West VA. They cannot take anymore. Am wondering if the big golf tournament will be able to do ahead at the Greenbriar. What a disappointment for the fans if it does not. Have a wonderful week. Genie

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That's a beautiful part of our country and you saw a lot on your drive. The Scarlet tanager was quite a neat sighting! And I love the different wild flowers you see in those mountains. Enjoy your day! Hugs, Diane

Beth “E. Lizard Breath Speaks” Edwards said...

my mom has some columbine blooms, are more darker shade. i don't believe i have seen them so light. very precious/dainty looking. ( :

Rajesh said...

Very beautiful birds in the national park.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

ahhhhh

that mountain shot has me yearning for a trip north

Lorrie said...

Wonderful views, both broad and detailed. The scarlet tanager has always been a favorite bird of mine, and those pale columbines are very striking.

Maggie said...

Such a wonderful place to visit, thank you sharing your day there. The columbine flowers are so lovely and as always your bird captures are incredible. Have a great week.

Donna said...

I have always wanted to visit the Appalachian mountains...what fabulous birds especially the Redstarts birds we don't see here....and wildflowers are such a special bonus!



Donna@GardensEyeView
and LivingFromHappiness

Shantana said...

Loved those wildlife Colombian flowers...and loved your post. Have a great week ahead!!

Debbie said...

WoW eileen, your mosaics are beautiful, lots of birds i don't see in my yard. i really loved the wild columbine, your images of that are gorgeous!!!

the view of the appalachian mountains is gorgeous, really spectacular. i always enjoy those overlook views!!

Lady Fi said...

What delightful photos!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Columbines don't seem to do too well in our heavy clay soil and when I see pretty pink ones in the wild as you've captured I suppose this is how I'll have to enjoy them.
Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday while I hosted Eileen.

Hilde Van den Bosch said...

Beautiful pictures Eileen! I love the Columbine flowers, they look like little bells.
Have a fine monday, Hilde

RedPat said...

Love the Columbine!

Our photos said...

Very nice ! I love the Scarlet Tananger !

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

Hello Eileen, wonderful photos and mosaics, as always!
Those pink Columbines are so pretty! Thank you for sharing.
Have a great week ahead and see you soon!

Ela said...

Wow !! Beautiful photos and views !!
Greetings

Phil Slade said...

Hello Eileen. I'm so glad you know your flowers as well as your birds. The columbine is a very pretty flower and I reckon I would struggle to put a name to it without any help. The Shenandoah National Park looks absolutely wonderful for birding, walking, photography or aany out door pursuit.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

podso said...

Beautiful views of your walk. And I love the last photo..that's an amazing barn!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Eileen, I want to be there right this minute! Gorgeous! Your photos are always amazing and pull me right into the scene.

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Wonderful view of the Appalachians!

Rose said...

Oh, my goodness, I love, love, love that barn! As always, enjoyed your nature shots.

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

Oh those columbines! How beautiful and delicate and as always, the birds just stop and pose when you come by ...I think of you as a character in a Disney movie; the bird-whispering princess, lol! :)

Fun60 said...

What a wonderful mosaic. There is so much to see on that trail. Thanks for taking me along.

Celia M. High Heeled Life said...

Beautiful photos ... Mother Nature is such a photogenic subject ..

Theresa said...

Shenandoah National Park is beautiful! Loved all you photos. Those Columbines and that barn really love.

Reader Wil said...

I love walking with you in your beautiful surroundings. Your photos are magnificent as always.
I wish you a wonderful. week.
Wil, ABCW Team

carol l mckenna said...

Such beauty so close to home ~ gorgeous nature photography and what a beautiful barn ~ thanks ^_^

Happy Week to you and Happy Fourth of July ~ ^_^

Lowcarb team member said...

Those flowers are just lovely and that shade of pink is gorgeous.

I do like all of your photo's, but the barn is brilliant.

Wishing you a good week

All the best Jan

Happyone said...

I love those pink wildflowers. So pretty and dainty.

Rambling Woods said...

I don't think there are many barns here although we move to agricultural land pretty quickly....Lovely nature Eileen...Michelle

Tomoko said...

Shenandoah National Park is such a beautiful place. Lovely birds, and I like the pink
wild Columbine flowers too.
Have a happy day.

K V V S MURTHY said...

Flowers are so tender...nice pics.

Photo Cache said...

What beautiful captures.

mick said...

A fantastic view of the mountains and the flowers and birds are very beautiful. Great photos. Thanks for sharing.

Klara said...

beautiful barn. flora and fauna pretty as usual. I can never pick a favourite.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful National Park photos Eileen. Wonderful to be able to drive to it on a daytrip and you saw some wonderful birds and beautiful wildflowers.

NatureFootstep said...

yes, Columbine alright! One of my favorite flowers. :)

Seraphinas Phantasie said...

Hi Eileen,
marvelous photos of this area, the birds and landscape and flowers. I like the gentle columbines. So cute.
Best regards, Synnöve

Irma said...

Hi Eileen,
The park is wonderful.
I love your bird and flower photos.
Best regards, Irma

Wen Green said...

Oh wow, such a beautiful trail. I can see why it is one of your favourites. And those sweet little Columbine flowers are so gorgeous, I love them! Beautiful photos Eileen!

David Gascoigne said...

When you see an American Redstart and a Scarlet Tanager you know it's going to be a good day!

Prunella Pepperpot said...

What a gorgeous part of the World. Loved all of your photos especially the mosaics.
Happy Tuesday to you Eileen :)

Małgorzata P said...

Zdjęcia dz cudowne.Naturę daje nam tyle widoków do fotografowania. Pozdrawiam serdecznie.

Breathtaking said...

Hello Eileen!:) Such a wonderful series of nature shots in the Nature Reserve. Great sightings of two super birds, and I love the Columbine flowers, such pretty delicate blooms, and the close up is beautiful. I think I also see the blooms of the Mountain Laurel in your pretty mosaic, one of my favourite flowers. Just delightful!:)

TheChieftess said...

Lovely walk! Love the Columbine!

Captured By Jade said...

Another lovely walk with beautiful sights captured! I especially like the flower pictures.

Margaret Adamson said...

the wild Columbine flowers are so pretty Eileen

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful images, you are wonderful.

Kasztanowy Domek said...

Wonderful photos!!! Greetings!:))

xxBasia
http://kasztanowydomek.blogspot.co.uk/

HOOTIN ANNI said...

The beautiful beautiful birds...lovely wildflower collage, my favorite tho today is the Mountain Scenic View.

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Nice variety of birds, and those mountain ranges seem to extend out to the day after tomorrow!

Ruth Rieckehoff said...

Great shots! This park is on my list of places to visit. Have a great week and holiday weekend.

Jill said...

Lovely photos at another one of my favorite places :-) Thank you for sharing, have a great evening.

Blessings,
Jill

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Such a beautiful place! Love seeing the colorful birds and wildflowers. That scenic view is wonderful! Hope you have a good week, Eileen! x Karen

Teresa Sjönberg said...

Thank you for showing these beautiful pictures!

Ana Freire said...

Lovely images from the wildflowers and birds from the Park!
What a great work, Eileen, once again...
I love them all!
Have a great day!
Kisses
Ana

Denise inVA said...

You took fantastic photos of one of my favorite all-time places Eileen. Thanks for sharing them and happy day to you :)

Adam Jones said...

Lovely birds and blooms Eileen.

Noushka said...

Thank you dear Eileen for being the first to comment on my recent post!
How frustrating it is to be off the net without a connection!
Your post is a delight, those American Redstarts are gorgeous!
The Columbine flowers are magnificent!
Keep well and enjoy the rest of the week!

Andrea Priebe said...

So close that you can go in a day and come home ... how wonderful. The pictures are beautiful. I love the pink Columbine ... they are a favorite of mine, but only see them in peoples yards, not in the wild. Beautiful series, Eileen ...

Andrea @ From The Sol

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, What a great place. Nice pictures. I have only seen a few of the American Redstarts. They sure are flashy birds. Have a super good Thursday tomorrow!

Linda H said...

Love your beautiful bird photos- I am envious of some of the colourful birds you have in your area! The columbine is lovely too!
I will miss MM, I hope someone comes along to take it over...

Cranberry Morning said...

I especially enjoyed that Scarlet tanager and the beautiful farm!

Life Images by Jill said...

Thank you for the visit to this lovely part of your country Eileen. I too will miss Mosaic Monday, though I have dropped off a bit lately trying to keep up with blogs. Have a fabulous summer Eileen

Irene said...

Gorgeous captures. Love your mosaic, all the captures looks so well together!

Wish you a great thursday!

Irene

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

The Beautiful Shenandoah!!!
Lovely little pick flowers!!