Monday, August 19, 2019

Our World, My World

Happy Monday, 

This summer and the month of August are just flying by, hubby and I are getting out for our walks and exercise. On this day we walked the local fire road to another part of our lake. The round trip hike from our house is about 3.2 miles. It was a cloudy somewhat humid day, so my photos are just so-so. I tried to lighten some of the photos. 

The fire road to the lake.

Clicking on the photos, will give you a better view.. 


Another section of the fire road to the lake, views of the lake looking right and looking left, the trail, colorful leaves and some flowers next to the water and rocks. 


"The earth is large enough for all to share, but mankind's heart is not large enough to care." A.D. Williams






Off of the fire road there is a little trail to the lake.


" In nature, nothing exist alone." Rachel Carson

Various warblers seen off the fire road, below are Prairie Warbler and possibly juvenile Prairie Warblers. 





"Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul and sings the tunes without words and never stops at all." Emily Dickinson

I am guessing the id of these birds, juvenile Prairie Warblers. Possible breeders in the forest around the lake. Two cuties, the yellow really pops!






"In order to see birds it is necessary...to become part of the silence." Robert Lynd




Prairie Warblers, above and below.  I am not sure if these warblers are moving through are they breeders in my area?  Clicking on the photos, the views are a little better.  🌝🌝🌝





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Thanks to Cath the host of Country Scapes

Thanks to Angie the host of  Mosaic Monday


Thanks to LadyFi  the host of Our World Tuesday!


Thanks for visiting and commenting, have a happy day and a great new week!

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Saturday's Critters #296

Welcome to Saturday's Critters!


If you love all God's creatures like I do and also like to blog about them and take critter photos this is where you can share your critter post. Link up your post and share your critters, join in with my critter party ! You can share any kind of critters the real ones, pretend ones, statues and paintings, a new or old post!

Our 2 day road trip to Maryland's Eastern shore also included a quickie trip to Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware.

I enjoy seeing the American Avocets, Egrets and the Glossy Ibis at this wildlife reduge. 




American Avocets seen with a Yellowlegs?


Various Egrets and a Great Blue heron was seen in the area below with some Clapper Rail chicks. 



A closeup look at the muddy area above provided great views of a few Clapper Rail juveniles.




The Clapper Rails blend in well with the mud, can you find 2 juvies in the photo below?



A Clapper Rail juvenile runs across the muddy water toward a Great Blue Heron. 




The Mute Swans are not native swans in Maryland. The Tundra Swan is a native swan in Maryland, usually the Tundra Swan can be seen in the winter months. 


The Black-necked Stilt is a breeder at this wildlife refuge. I did not see any chicks. 


Shore birds, I believe these are the Long-billed Dowitchers maybe mixed with Short-billed Dowitchers. 


Random facts and in the news, for the critter lovers:

Are changes coming to the Endangered Species Act? Are Corporations profits more important than protection of an animal species. Apparently it is OK now to pollute habitats and cut down trees on once protected national lands. The Spotted Owl and other birds are at risk. We need to preserve and protect for the future. What happens when all the animals are extinct, what will people do when all the animals are gone. 

In Maryland, the Chespeake Bay is a treasure. Keep it clean.
In Maryland, we need to keep clean water for the oysters, we need a check on the warming water. Fish will die from living in polluted waters. Overfishing and crabbing can have a big effect on the blue crabs and a favorite Rockfish. 

Being an animal lover, I can not understand how some people think animals are put on this planet for the sole purpose of human use. 

" We all have a responsibility to protect endangered species, both for their sake and for the sake of own future generations." Loretta Lynch


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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Happy Thankful Thursday

Happy Thankful Thursday!

The past week we were dog sitting for our neighbor. Early morning, I would go with hubby to take the dog for a walk in the neighborhood. This is a view our yard as we headed next door. 



We took Marlow on the trail to the lake, we are seeing more tent caterpillars on the trees, I wonder if the birds eat these caterpillars? Some leaves are already turning colorful. I assume we did not have enough rain this summer.  Marlow sees a bunny.  


A Great Blue Heron and a flock of Canada Geese fly over the lake, one heron is perched on a tree sticking out of the lake, the bunny was safe from Marlow, a mushroom with a slug.


"Every act of kindness spreads peace to the world, love to the heart and light to us all." Mary Davis

A closeup of the colorful leaves.


"Have Courage and Be Kind."

I noticed these pretty yellow flowers near the lake, another plant I need Id help. 



"Slow down and enjoy life."

I heard these geese coming way before I saw them, I think they landed further down the lake. 



"I find hope in the darkest of days and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe." The Dalai Lama

A pretty view of the sky reflecting on the lake. 


"Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together."


I am thankful for acts of kindness, peace and love. 
I am thankful for the simple things, like the beauty of the sky and nature around me. 

am thankful for all your visits and comments. 


Thank you Michelle for hosting Thankful Thursday
Thank you to Yogi the host of   Skywatch Friday



Thanks so much for visiting and for your nice comments on my previous post. Have a happy day!

Monday, August 12, 2019

NCR Bike trail


Happy Monday!

I am sharing various photos from our walks on the NCR trail. Also known as Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail or the North Central Rail trail. We can drive to various parking lots for different sections of the trail. The trail is a total of 20 miles from Hunt Valley Md to the Pennsylvania Line.

The mosaic below is using photos taken while walking on the NCR trail in the Parkton area of the Gunpowder State Park. 



These perfectly round webs remind me of CD's or DVD's. 





I am not sure of this plant's id? Edit, thanks to Marit for the id, the plant id is Phlox paniculata.





"Today I choose: calm over chaos, serenity over stress, peace over perfection, grace over grit, faith over fear." Mary Davis



The Gunpowder River


The Cardinal Flowers were seen in a boggy area next to the trail. 


These photos are from another day and walk on a different section of the trail called Monkton.

There is a nature center with restrooms, nearby is a store with ice cream and other treats. They also rent tubes for floating down the Gunpowder River. 





For Tom's Sign linky party, my photo of various signs around the visitor center and the beginning of the bike trail. 



This was our turn around point on the trail, pretty view of a farm and house on the hill. Photo included for Cath's Country Scapes. 





A view looking at the trail ahead of us. We walked around 3 miles round trip on this day. The Monkton parking lot to the next road called Blue Mount Rd. 



The Scarlet Tanager is a common bird seen in our area in the summer months. 


"Kindness changes the world, one heart at a time. " Mary Davis


Please check out and visit the following memes and links. I hope to see you there. 

Thanks to Cath the host of Country Scapes

Thanks to Tom the host of Signs

Thanks to Angie the host of  Mosaic Monday

Thanks to LadyFi  the host of Our World Tuesday!


Thanks for visiting and commenting, have a happy day and a great new week!

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Saturday's Critters #295

Welcome to Saturday's Critters!


If you love all God's creatures like I do and also like to blog about them and take critter photos this is where you can share your critter post. Link up your post and share your critters, join in with my critter party ! You can share any kind of critters the real ones, pretend ones, statues and paintings, a new or old post!

I just love watching these Hummingbirds in my yard.  On this day, I think the young ones are coming to the feeder, there may have 5-6 been hummingbirds at one time. 



I do see the hummers at my flowers, but they move so quickly it is hard to capture a photo of them at the flowers.  











 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds at my feeder. I love watching these sweet little birds.  




"Kindness is free, let's pass it on."


I appreciate and thank everyone who links up their post and for all the wonderful comments !





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Our World, My World

Happy Monday,  This summer and the month of August are just flying by, hubby and I are getting out for our walks and exercise. On this da...