Thursday, July 9, 2020

Happy Thankful Thursday!


  Happy Thursday!

This is a Throwback Thursday post, diving into my archives. I hope you enjoy, I miss traveling during these no-traveling times. This is one of my favorite national parks.  Hubby, my son and I have been to Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons National Park in 2005 and 2008.  I would go back again if I could, but it is nice to do a post of our past memories and trips.  

I am thankful for all the trips, hubby, son and I have taken over the years.  I am thankful for all my archived photos I can look back on our happy trip memories.  I am thankful for our beautiful national parks. 


The canyon seen from the Upper/Lower Yellowstone Falls



 Me and my hubby at the Continental Divide


 A view of the Grand Teton mountain range. Another pretty day and beautiful blue sky.


 The Grand Prismatic Spring at Yellowstone NP. It was a pretty sky day, I love the clouds and steam from the hot spring.


 A moose seen from the Heron Pond and Swan Lake loop trail in the Grand Teton NP. This moose was wearing a tracking collar. 


Yellowstone bison and a couple of Pronghorn. 



 I am thankful that I saw so much wildlife during our visit to the park.  A moose seen off the road in Yellowstone.



Mama Elk with young at  Mammoth Hot Spring, Yellowstone NP.



 Oxbow Bend, near Jackson Hole, Wyoming. This was a popular spot for photographers...


 A Grizzly Bear seen off the road in the Grand Teton NP.


We took a float trip on the Snake River, Jackson Wyoming.  While floating down the river, I was able to see a few Bald Eagles and a large group of White Pelicans.


 Deep in thought, hubby taking a break on the hot springs boardwalk. We stayed in various park cabins at Old Faithful, Mammoth, Colter Bay, it was great staying inside the park. It was nice that we could just walk to Old Faithful or to the Mammoth Hot Springs and to the lake.


 Howdy Stranger, we spent a few nights in Jackson Hole Wyoming.


Even back in 2005 and 2008 I was bird watching, these were some of the birds we saw in Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.  

Unidentified Hummingbird, Cinnamon Teal, Magpie,
Trumpeter Swan, Cedar Waxwing, Dusky Grouse,
female Mountain Bluebird, Osprey, White Pelican.




 We are looking forward to the days we can travel again, to plan a trip when we are feeling safe.


I hope everyone is happy and healthy! 😊  Please wear your masks and keep social distancing.. I am always thankful hubby and I are both doing well!


I am always thankful for your visits and the comments. Check back for any replies to your comments. 



Live simple and be happy!  😊 Take care and keep smiling!


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, July 6, 2020

My World, Our World

 Happy Monday!


We are still staying close to home on most days, taking local walks on the fire road and to the lake. We do have many choices which direction to walk and which section of the lake we want to see. These are some views from our walk to the lake on June 28th.

The roadside daylilies are blooming now, we saw some on our walk to the lake and there were some growing by the lake. 


The Chipping Sparrow was sitting on a wire just singing a song.  


 A view of the reservoir, we saw a few fishermen out in their boats. I heard more birds than I saw, here is a little list of birds I heard on my walk: Black-throated Blue Warbler, Pine Warbler, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Worm-eating Warbler, Ovenbird, Northern Cardinal, Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Northern Parula, Carolina Wren, Eastern Wood-Pewee, White-breasted Nuthatch and the Great Crested Flycatcher.


Not the best lighting, the Eastern Kingbird was seen in a tree next to the lake.  You can just barely make out the white on this bird's tail feathers, a sure sign of it being the Eastern Kingbird.


I noticed the Red-eared Slider Turtle across from us at the cove. 



A different view of the lake, this is a section where the local teenagers like to hang out. I do not mind them hanging out there, I just wish they would not leave behind their trash.  

A beautiful world starts with you, we have one planet to call home. Please take care of our earth, our home.  




We are staying safe, wearing our mask and keeping the social distance.   I hope everyone takes care and  is safe, happy and healthy.



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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, July 4, 2020

Saturday's Critters #342

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!

Happy 4th of July,  Independence Day 2020!! 



These are some birds seen during our fire road walks, in the forest next to our home.   The Ovenbird is a breeder in this forest and can be heard often, they have a loud call. 



Below you can see the black bordered orange crown on the Ovenbird's head.  



 We walked by the old Great Blue Heron's nest and we saw 5 Turkey Vultures hanging out.  Below are 2 vultures standing on a branch with their wings wide open. 


 Out by our mailbox I saw a small flock of Cedar Waxwings. 






The 3 Grand-dogs: Nibbles bottom right, Winnie the Corgi in the middle and at the top is Chewy.




Winnie has her favorite spot on the shelf under the coffee table. 



Thanks to all my visitors and for all the wonderful comments. I appreciate everyone who loves critters and has linked up their critter post.


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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Happy Thankful Thursday!

Hello,

Happy July everyone!!   🌝


Can you believe it's July already?  Today is my sister's birthday, Happy Birthday Sis!  

I have a mish mash of photos to share!   One day we ordered carry-out from the local family style restaurant. We are trying to support our local businesses. One of the photos is from the restaurant, their pond and grounds.  I also have a pretty Scarlet Tanager seen during a walk and I sharing some back yard  flowers.



 Leaving the Friendly Farms restaurant, it was a pretty sky day..






 While walking on the local fire road , the male Scarlet Tanager landed almost right next to me at eye level.  I think the female and a youngster were near by too.  




Do you ever feel the need for a mental health day?  Relieve stress and take some "me" time.  



Spirea each year it blooms even more, if that is possible.



"Put your heart, mind and soul into even your smallest acts, this is the secret of success".




 I am thankful for the flowers, they make our yard so colorful and pretty.  

The Upright Fuchsia is growing well, hubby's green thumb kept this plant alive from last year.  It is an annual in our zone. 


 Another Fuchsia  that hubby's green thumb saved from last summer.  It has lots of blooms and the hummingbirds love it.




 The Bee Balm is doing very well, we have to keep this area of the garden behind wire or the groundhogs would just eat all our flowers. 



Some waterlilies in our small pond and more of the Stella D'oro lilies. 





I am thankful for each and every day, we never know when the time is up!! Chuck Berry


Blooms below in our yard and in our pond the waterlilies are blooming nicely, Stella D'oro lilies, Red Salvia, Upright Fuchsia, Bee Balm and my favorite Lantana. The bees, birds and butterflies love all these blooms. 


Life is like a flower, Comes like a bud, Goes like a shower, Petals are shattered, All that's left is our friends indeed. So is a man with a short life span, So cherish each day. Words by Kael



I am only updating this info for my future reference, a Maryland Covid update: as of Jun 28th, 2020 Maryland has in total  66,777 positive cases and 3,042 people have died. Fewer people are being hospitalized, it was down by 32. It is best if you want to stay safe and healthy, wear the mask in public areas and keep the 6ft distance..


I hope everyone is safe, happy and healthy! I am always thankful hubby and I are both well!



 
Live simple and be happy!  😊 Take care, keep smiling!


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, June 29, 2020

My World, Our World

 Happy Monday,

Hubby and I are happy when we can get out for a walk with nature and of course for the exercise.  On this day we visited one of my favorite local parks Hashawha Nature Center. I have blogged many times about this park, there is always something to see.   

 Here are some of the birds we saw during our walk: Common Yellowthroat Warbler, Cedar Waxwing, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, House Wren and the Eastern Kingbird.


 I really like the thistle, the bees were happy...


 Some different sections of the loop trail we hiked, just me and my shadow. 


 I was surprised to see the Ruby-throated Hummingbird at the tippy top of a tree, it looked like a small dot.




 We saw a heard a few of the Cedar Waxwings. 


 A noticed this bunny as we left the parking lot to start our walk. 


Pretty waterlilies, turtles and the Hashawha pond.  


The flowers were looking beautiful, dayliles, roses, daisies and a wild iris.




 Me and my shadow on the trail..


I hope you enjoyed taking this walk.  Always a pleasure to have you all come along with hubby and I. 


We are staying safe, wearing the mask and keeping our distance until we feel safe.   I hope you all are doing well too.  I hope everyone is safe, happy and healthy. Take care and stay well.  




What's happening in your corner of the world? Please check out and visit the following memes and links. I hope to see you there.


 
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!

Happy Thankful Thursday!

  Happy Thursday! This is a Throwback Thursday post, diving into my archives. I hope you enjoy, I miss traveling during these no-traveli...