Sunday, June 5, 2011

Birding and Hiking the Gunpowder River

A post for my Mosaic Monday and That's My World and a link to my you tube Mountain laurels along the trail

This week hubby and I hiked down the trail to the Gunpowder River to see the mountain laurels in bloom. The trail along the river has an amazing amount of white and pink  mountain laurels blooming. The weather was great for hiking and we sat and watched some kayakers playing around in the white water area of the river. It is also a river popular with the trout fishermen and people tubing.




I was also able to check out the birds along the river. I saw a beautiful Scarlet Tanager high in the tree tops. Acadian Flycatchers were all around and I am pretty sure I heard a Prothonotary Warbler.  One of the birds that popped up close to me was the Louisiana Waterthrush. This bird likes to nest in woodlands near rivers or fast moving streams. As you can see it has pinkish legs and a wide white supercilium. Which to me looks just like an eyebrow.







Goldie Girl got to play in the river and cool off.


The mountain laurel was blooming beautifully, I really loved the pink ones.



To see more great photos and mosaics please visit Mary's Mosaic Monday  and That's My World  thanks to Mary of Little Red House and to the group of hosts at That's My World : Sylvia, Wren, Sandy and Klaus.

Also thanks for visiting my post and I wish everyone a great week.

45 comments:

NatureFootstep said...

you have so many good places to visit. I bet you never get bored. It is so rich in flora and fauna. And birds of course. I love that little water trush.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, Very pretty scenic and refreshing! Glad your dog enjoyed the jaunt as much as you did! Have a super nice evening and a great coming week!

Míriam Luiza said...

Fotos maravilhosas! Lindíssimas!

Ingmarie We said...

Wonderful photos and mosaic. Your Mountain laurel is very beautiful. And your Goldie Girl too.

ellen b. said...

So beautiful Eileen! What a wonderful walk. You really captured the beauty of it...

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Your dog's face is so cute...you could just tell that he was having a great time! Beautiful pictures.

Carol said...

Gorgeous shots, Eileen! Goldie Girl is really enjoying herself, isn't she? I enjoyed your pics :)

Mary said...

Oh, you hike in the most beautiful places! Thanks for taking us along at MM. :)

Snap said...

Beautiful, Eileen, just beautiful. (Do you ever stay at home?!!!!!) Thanks for sharing your adventures!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Mountain laurels are some of the most beautiful and delicate blooms! You took great photos...and Goldie Girl had fun, too! I've had Golden Retrievers...years ago and they are a joy! ♥

GrandmaK said...

You have some really exceptional pictures!!! WOW!! Cathy

Karie's Chic Creations said...

Your photos are always so pretty. Love viewing them. Thanks for sharing. Karie

Vee said...

Such a beautiful flower and since my daughter shares their name, I had to enlarge all the photos for a closer look. What a sweet little bird with the lovely white eyebrow, too. I don't think we have them in my corner. I'm sure I'd have noticed. Hope that you have many happy hikes this summer!

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

What a lovely place. The scenery is serene and calming. What a pretty flower the mountain laurel. V

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Your Golden brought a smile to my face and the Mountain Lauren is beautiful! What wonderful treks you take :)

Ann said...

Does Goldie girl go in the water when it is cold?

A Garden of Threads said...

Fabulous shots Eileen. Goldie Girl looks to be enjoying her time in the water. Thank you sharing them:)

Willard said...

A wonderful photo tour of your hike along the Gunpowder River.

Leovi said...

Beautiful photos, lovely, beautiful color and excellent sharpness.
Breathtaking scenery.

diane b said...

What a fabulous place for a hike. The blooms are beautiful an so too the birds. Goldie is sure having fun.

Angi said...

wonderful photos, nice hiking place and beautiful mosaic.

Cheri said...

The water looks so refreshing! Our mountain laurels are in bloom too.

Carolina Mts

Calling Ravens said...

Oh wow! Just blows me away..how could you leave? lol!
Aren't the Tanagers lovely?!
I love that thrush, what a beautiful bird and I love the white eyebrow!
Great, great post and thank you for sharing!
meggs.

Diann said...

Beautiful photos and mosaics. And I just love all the pictures of Goldie! She looks like she is one happy dog!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Thanks for sharing such a pretty place with us. Looks like your dog enjoyed it also.
Enjoy your week.

Fjällripan said...

Beautiful photos! I reallt liked the waterfall and your lovely dog!

Gary said...

Great hike and the flowers are beautiful!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Sylvia K said...

What a gorgeous place! And I do love your photos, Eileen, they are really superb! Love the pictures of Goldie and she does seem to be having a great time, too! Thanks for sharing the beauty and the fun!! Have a great week!

Sylvia

ρομπερτ said...

You must be living close to paradise indeed.



daily athens

aka Penelope said...

What a glorious place you have captured. Your photos show the magic of nature perfectly. And the happy pet knows how to soak it all up!

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

I love the Mountain Laurel. It is not here in our part of Ky. but east in the Appalachians. That was a unique shot of the bird with the worm. Great job.
QMM

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

This is so lovely. I am hosting a photobook giveaway on my blog. Would love for you to stop by.

Barb said...

All those wonderful photos of birds and blooms and I'm afraid Goldie Girl stole the show!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots of the place, very scenic. Looks like Goldie Girl had real fun.

Wren said...

Looks like you have some high water, too. Nice that Goldie could take advantage of it. :)

Kay L. Davies said...

Your Goldie Girl seems to be having so much fun in the water.
We haven't had enough warm weather (and certainly no hot weather) to worry about cooling off, but we did get our golden girl Lindy her summer haircut today because she was getting pretty raggedy.
Your photos are beautiful. I love rivers, and your mountain laurel is lovely.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Indrani said...

Beautiful pics, love the arrangement in the collage.

Pondside said...

The shot of your beautiful Golden just says 'summer' to me.

Tina said...

All great shots but I love Goldi Girl :)

lotusleaf said...

Such a lovely series of photographs. The wildflowers are fantastic.

Carver said...

Looks like a wonderful hike. I also love mountain laurel. Your dog is a beauty.

rainfield61 said...

The header shows me such a beautiful river.

Jann Olson said...

Wow, breathtaking photos! Where is this river? It is gorgeous. Love the laurels, but oh how cute is Goldie? You got great shots of the birds too. Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I really appreciate it!

SquirrelQueen said...

What a beautiful place. I really enjoyed seeing the mountain laurel, we don't have them in this area.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I can't imagine ever wanting to move away from that beautiful area Eileen. Are there any downsides to living in Paradise ;>)... I don't think I've ever seen Mt Laurel -- it is just beautiful -- as are all your birds as always.

Goldie Girl looks like she is having the time of her life!!!!

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