Monday, August 13, 2018

Calvert Cliffs State Park



Hello and happy Monday

I am sharing some images from our visit to Calvert Cliffs State Park, located on Maryland's Western Shore. The park has 13 miles of trails, a sandy beach where you can search for fossils, fresh water and tidal marsh lands. The cliffs and shoreline are on the Chesapeake Bay, I enjoyed the views of the bay, a nearby lighthouse, hundreds of dragonflies and turtles. We saw a Belted Kingfisher, frogs, lizards  and the Red-headed Woodpecker.

A wet section of the Red trail  through the marshland to the beach and cliffs.


A Five-lined Skink



A Belted Kingfisher hanging out at the marshland.


Red-headed Woodpecker seen on a dead tree at the marshland.


There were hundreds of waterlilies on the marshes.


Cove Point Lighthouse, Chesapeake Bay in Calvert County Maryland


A view toward the Cliffs at Calvert Cliffs beach.


Me and my shadow hubby!


I was asked a lot on my previous post about beaver and being warned to look for the beaver. The beaver den is right next to the trail. Beavers have been known to attack people if they feel threatened.




I believe this is the Eastern Amberwing dragonfly.


A guide to the Fossils that can be found on the beach at Calvert Cliffs.


Boat with crab  cages?


A look across the bay to Maryland's Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay.


A lineup of Terns, possibly Osprey and Cormorants?








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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Saturday's Critters #243

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July 10th we hiked the trail at Calvert Cliffs State Park located on Maryland Western shore. Along the trail were lots of birds, dragonflies, turtles. We were warned about snakes and beavers but did not see any.


















The Red-winged Blackbird were plentiful.  Coming soon, on my other post I shared the Kingfisher and Red-headed Woodpecker we saw at this trail.





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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Thankful Thursday

Hello & Happy Thankful Thursday!

For awhile we were in drought conditions and then the rain came. Flooded roads, washed away bridges and some water came in our basement. These are images of our lake, the dam and scenes from the fire road walks. I also included some of the full moon on July 27th. 

Full moon on July 27th, the eclipse could not be seen from our area.



To the lower left of the moon is the planet Mars.


July 26th , looking down at the dam gates open. 


A view of the lake and dam.  


July 26th, the Gunpowder River seen from the Dam. The reservoir 79.7 sq miles and the rural watershed is about 24,000. 


July 19th Prettyboy Reservoir, a blue sky day before the rains came. Our first eagles nest is located across the lake, it is great now we found a second eagles nest closer to our home and neighborhood.


A Swallowtail butterfly on the fire road.


July 19th, a group of Canada Geese hanging out on the lake. 


July 19th, the Prettyboy watershed, next to the reservoir. 




I am thankful for the rain, just not too much rain. 

I am thankful for all your visits and comments. 





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Happy Monday, enjoy your day and new week!

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Monday, August 6, 2018

More West Virginia


Happy Monday, enjoy your day and new week!


I wanted to share some more from our road trip May 2018 taken in West Virginia, New River Gorge and the Babcock State Park and the Glade Creek Grist Mill. These are all beautiful places to visit, I highly recommend a visit.  

The Grandview at the New River Gorge.



The forest and mountains are a lovely sight. This is a spot for a birding festival in the spring. Lots of Warblers migrating through this area. 


This is a beautiful of the New River Gorge. 



I zoomed in on this train from the Grandview overlook. Looks like a lot of coal loaded on those train cars. 



Glade Creek Grist Mill is fairly new built in 1976. It is a re-creation of the mill known as Cooper's Mill. The mill provides for purchase homemade cornmeal to visitors depending on availability. 



A pretty view of the creek!




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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Saturday's Critters #242

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These are my critters for today's critter post. On the way home from our local bike trail we road past this farm with two donkeys and two horses.  I had to stop and take some photos, I love donkeys.













My hubby met and talked with an older local man while hiking on our local fire road trail, the man  told hubby about another eagle's nest nearby that we did not know about.  So July 18th we hiked this fire road to find the eagle nest. It was too late to see the eagles but now we know where the nest is for next year. We have lived here almost 29 years and we still have not hiked all the local fire roads.


While checking out the Eagle nest, I noticed  a duck far away floating in the lake just under the nest, it turned out to be a Red-breasted Merganser.  This bird is rare to be seen in Maryland this time of the year. Are the winter birds already on the move?






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Calvert Cliffs State Park

Hello and happy Monday I am sharing some images from our visit to Calvert Cliffs State Park, located on Maryland's Western Shore. T...