Sunday, June 9, 2013

Birding the Gunpowder River

  I am linking up with   Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday

These photos are from last weekend's walk at the Gunpowder River. The trail is around the other side of our lake and below the dam. It is a favorite spot for trout fishing, tubing and kayaking. And of course the trail along the river is great for my favorite hobby... birding. That should not be a surprise, right?












We tried to pick a spot to sit, away from the fishermen, so our Goldie Girl could do some swimming in the river.

We chose last weekend to go to this spot at the river because we knew the mountain laurels were in full bloom. They look so pretty, pink and white mountain laurels all along the river, made for a beautiful scene.



The white mountain laurels are pretty but my favorite are the pink blooms.

It was a pretty day to sit on one of the large rocks, listen to the water and watch for the birds. I saw the Louisiana Waterthrush and the Carolina Chickadees. I could here some Vireo's and the Scarlet Tanagers in the treetops.



Goldie Girl enjoyed cooling off in the river.

More river scenes on our hike back up the trail, a Wood Pewee was calling in the woods. A tiny pretty moth no bigger than one of my fingernails.







I hope you enjoyed my post and photos. Thanks for visiting my blog and post. I always appreciate your comments.
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 Thanks to our host: Mary our host of Mosaic Monday and to the hosting group of Our World Tuesday: Arija, Gattina, Lady Fi, Sylvia, Sandy and Jennifer.  I wish everyone a happy week!

79 comments:

Lynne said...

Eileen,
This post was wonderful. Loved the thought of you sitting on the rock . . . listening to the bird songs . . . letting Goldie Girl splash and cool off . . . beautiful moth and the trees and Laurel . . . wonderful! This was the best . . .
Love, Lynne

Giga said...

Piękne miejsce nad rzeką wybrałaś dla siebie i swojego pieska. Sliczne kwiaty, szum wody, no i oczywiście ptaki. Wspaniały to był dzień z pewnością. Pozdrawiam.
Beautiful location on the river you choose for yourself and your dog. Very pretty flowers, the sound of water, and of course birds. It was a great day for sure. Yours.

A Garden of Threads said...

What a lovely place for a hike Eileen. So peaceful looking. Have a blessed week:)

My name is Riet said...

What a beautiful place to be Eileen. I love your photo's and mosaics. have a nice Monday

Ingmarie We said...

Such lovely photos! Love the photos of the mountain laurel and your mosaics are always so very special. Have a fine week.

TexWisGirl said...

goldie girl always makes me smile. love how lush it is - the ferns....

Mary said...

What a beautiful and tranquil spot! Love the blue blooms of the mountain laurel and birds you captured. Goldie Girl looks happy to take a swim :)

Happyone said...

Oh yes, I enjoyed you photos!! What a wonderful place to walk.

Poppy said...

So much life, wild and beautiful, among forest and flowing water and all caught on camera for us to enjoy from the comfort of our own homes.

Thanks for sharing!

Poppy

Kay said...

Looks like a beautiful place. Thank you for sharing the pictures.

George said...

What a great place for a walk (and a swim in the case of Goldie Girl!). The entire area is beautiful, and you got some wonderful pictures. I really like pink mountain laurel as well.

diane b said...

A cute little Peewee. What an inviting trail, I would love to hike along it. The river is so pretty.

Dianne said...

Wonderful captures of this beautiful green trail .... Oh! how I'd love to take my camera for a stroll along there.

"Adelaide and Beyond"

Jemma said...

I feel as though I just stepped into that ever so pristine river! These photos are priceless!
jemma

S. Etole said...

Such beautiful scenes. The mountain laurel is so pretty.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Again, your photos are amazing! What a beautiful and perfect spot to enjoy!!

Sue said...

Such beautiful pink blossums on that mountain laurel!
You always take the nicest photos, Eileen.
So glad you share them with us.
Have a great week!

Pamela Gordon said...

I really enjoyed my walk in the woods with your. Beautiful photos and scenes! The wood laurel is so pretty and I've never seen it before. Thanks for sharing these photos and mosaics. Blessings, Pamela

Beth said...

What a gorgeous place, Eileen. Your photos are beautiful! I love the mountain laurel. Have a great week!

Lavender Cottage said...

You find the nicest, and often secluded places for bird watching Eileen. The little moth is pretty, but looks like something tried to take a bite.
Judith

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Looks like you found some beautiful spots in the woods also. Thanks for sharing them with us. Your new header is so pretty - love the blues.
Thanks for stopping by and nice comment. Yes - the wildlife is very aggressive in that area as they are used to tourists handing out snacks and it being a state park they are protected.
Have a great week!

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Your post was beautiful with all the best that spring can bring. The Mountain Laurel is indeed a gorgeous bloom. Goldie Girl looked in her element in the water. Valerie

Terry said...

What a beautiful place to sit, I love places like this. Photos are great.

Maria said...

I like the Mountain Laurels a lot, and have seen them in another person's blog from MA. They are gorgeous and there are many varieties. I also like those collages (I don't know if that's what you call them) you prepare to summarise all of your sightseeing; works nicely!

Maria said...

I think they're called photo montages aren't they? The first one with the trees and the flora came out awesome!

Brian King said...

Beautiful photos! That would be a place I'd like to visit! Love the scenery!

Montanagirl said...

Loved this post! Beautiful photos - a wonderful place to visit!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

OH so wonderful - I wished it would go on and on.

Carole M. said...

such a picturesque place to go walking with those lovely flowers thrown in too; nothing looks like noxious weeds there; delightful post

confusedmind said...

Amazing shots!! The other side of your lake is so wonderful as and the other side. You live in a wonderful place. Thanks for sharing!! Have a great new week!!

Phil said...

Hi Eileen. Wonderful shots and mosaics of what looks to be a beautifullly quiet place to walk and bird. Good to see your waterthrush and pewee in context too, and the Mountain Laurel flowers are just superb. Have a great week ahead.

Noushka said...

Hello Eileen,
What a beautiful array of photos and so nicely presented!
They show how much you enjoy yourself! Wonderful!
Keep well, cheers!

Noushka said...

Oops!
I thought I just had posted my comment but it doesn't appear!
Well I was saying these pics are wonderful and show how much you've enjoyed your self taking them!
They are also very nicely presented!
Cheers and enjoy your week!

Timeless said...

Your pages load up beautifully now, so glad you made those changes some time back. Lovely Idyllic scenes as usual.

Gail Dixon (La.Belle) said...

Those mountain laurels are STUNNING! Wow. I've never seen them until your photo, though I know I've read about them. Thank you for sharing your lovely part of the world. This is why I blog. :)

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen,
Wow, these LOVEY pictures truly sooth my mind and breathtakingly beautiful(^_^)彡☆ Love your oldie Girl enjoying bathing and sweet eye of bird is wonderful, my friend.
Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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beyondwandering.com said...

Gorgeous mosaics and photos, Eileen! Have a fantastic week!

DIMI said...

Hallo Eileen!!
What a wonderful post!!!
And what a lovely place to visit!!!Your photos are so beautiful!!Thank you for sharing!!
Have a lovely week!!Hugs!!
Dimi..

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I LOVE that spot you picked away from the fishermen...what a serene area. I cuold spend all day in a place like this :-)

Diane AZ said...

What a beautiful place, looks like Goldie Girl had fun in the water. The blooming mountain laurels are gorgeous, lovely pictures!

Bob Bushell said...

Brilliant images Eileen.

Emilie's daughter said...

Seems everyone had a good time! Goldie swimming, you taking fabulous, artful pictures! And I had fun too by watching them! - Thanks for your kind words on my last post. - Take care, Christa

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Gosh, it is so pretty there! I'm glad you got to take Goldie Girl with you :) Love the shot of her shaking off the water!

veredit - isabella kramer said...

Eileen, what a lovely wood walk. Very touching images. Love you view on the world. Very sensitive work.

greetings from
isabella

Fun60 said...

What a beautiful spot for birdwatching and seeing all the laurels in flower must be quite a bonus.

Gary said...

Great series. Love the Laurels. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

mick said...

That looks like a beautiful place and the laurels are so pretty. I'm sure your dog enjoyed splashing in the water.

Carver said...

Great shots. What a beautiful place for walking and birding.

Photo Cache said...

what a lovely hike.

Debbie said...

what a GORGEOUS entry eileen, you shared some really amazing and special images!!

LOVE the header, it's just beautiful!!

Steve Borichevsky said...

Looks like a fun outing. Our mountain laurel hasn't bloomed yet.

Al said...

What a beautiful river, I'd love hiking there too.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Great hike...new place to share with us? At least I don't remember it.

Beautiful mountain laurel plant. And wonderful birds.

Sylvia K said...

A wonderful place to hike and what a beautiful river indeed!! Marvelous captures as always, Eileen! Thanks for sharing the fun and the beauty! Have a great week!

Kusum Sanu said...

I like that tiny butterfly!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, What a nice outing - glad Goldie got her swim. That picture of the Pewee is cute. Have a really good Tues. tomorrow!

ladyfi said...

What a beautiful place with those blossoms. Goldie Girl looks as if she's in heaven!

Linda said...

Wonderful photos! The mountain laurel looks spectacular.

SquirrelQueen said...

Oh my goodness, each scene is so beautiful. I'll bet Goldie Girl really enjoyed the stream. The Mountain Laurels are just gorgeous. This is the kind of place I love to walk.

The little moth is actually a butterfly. It reminds me of a Summer Azure but I'm not sure if that's correct.

Hazel Ceej said...

What a charming trail to walk! I miss natural surroundings like this very much. Your Goldie Girl is gorgeous!

Hazel

Elaine said...

Beautiful photos of a beautiful spot! I love those mountain laurels!

Life Images by Jill said...

what a truly beautiful place to walk. It looks so peaceful and refreshing for the soul. Thank you for taking me there in the middle of my work day week.
Your wildflowers are so so different to ours in Australia - both beautiful in their own way.
Have a wonderful week and thank you for stoppipng by my blog yesterday.

Leovi said...

Nice place, exquisite photos, congratulations for this beautiful pictures!

Stewart M said...

Great place - it looks like its full of secrets!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Rajesh said...

Beautiful and scenic place with such lovely flowers.

Tina´s PicStory said...

what a peaceful and pretty place :)

Mary Howell Cromer said...

What a gorgeous post. The touch of pink flowers along the path is so pretty and your birds too sweet. it looks like the pup-cub had a great time too. Thank you for sharing!

Jesh St Germain said...

The mountain laurels are very pretty1 Easy to see your love for nature with all that green! From my hotel room in Tuscany, Italy. It's beautiful and comfortably warm here:)

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EG CameraGirl said...

What a great spot to watch birds! The mountain laurel is stunning!

Minoru Saito said...

Hi! Your photos are stunning beautiful. The pink laurels are very beautiful. THanks for sharing.

Mary said...

So beautiful photos! A wonderful place! Lovely!

Mia McPherson said...

Gorgeous location Eileen, makes me want to walk right into your images and relax!

Gattina said...

What a beautiful walk through the woods !

Faye said...

What a great place to find a little rejuvenation and peacefulness. It has all you could want--easy(or so it seems) hiking trails, early summer color, a great variety of birds. And, best of all, a great walking companion. Did you dip your toes in the water as well, Eileen? Tempting.

Lew said...

Indeed, a beautiful spot to sit and listen to the water and birds (and take some great shots of it all)!

Liz said...

What a gorgeous place to visit and walk in. You've captured so many wonderful images here. It looks very inviting!!

NatureFootstep said...

so much to see in todays post. Love all of it. And I agree about those pink flowers.

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