Thursday, April 24, 2014

Hashawha Nature Center

Linking up with Skywatch Friday  and Good Fences

Last Saturday, hubby and I went on our  walk at the Hashawha Nature Center. It is usually a good spot to see the birds. Saturday was a gorgeous spring day for a walk. The sky was blue and it was fairly warm for our outing. There are so many places for a birding walk this time of year. Hubby and I have some favorite spots where we will do repeat walks, this is one of those places. 


I heard these American Goldfinches way before I found them in this treetop. The males are sporting their pretty breeding colors.




A scene along our walk..the fence and sky shot.  Perfect for the Good Fences meme . Not sure why the fence around the tree? The tree is too big for the deer to eat.  

 A pretty blue sky and a  partial view of the lake and wetlands at the nature center.



 The boardwalk near the lake and wetlands.. We saw a lot of turtles, either the Snapping Turtle or the Sliders. I will share on my Saturday Critters post.


Pretty sure this squeaky sounding bird was the Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher.. It would not stay still for even a half of second..


 It is a pretty area walking around the lake and the boardwalk.. This shot above also includes a fence for my Good Fences post for Tex's meme..

Back at home the sunset was pretty in pinks and blues..




The yesterday morning the 21st was close to see the last quarter of the moon called the waning gibbous.

I hope you enjoyed my post and I hope to see you on Saturday sharing your critters..

To see more pretty skies from around the world please visit  Skywatch Friday
and check out Tex's Good Fences


Thanks to Tex @ The Run*A*Round Ranch for hosting Good Fences and to Sylvia, Yogi  and Sandy for hosting Skywatch Friday!   I wish everyone a safe and happy long weekend.

79 comments:

Beth @ "E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

gorgeous post. i love the walk way - i want to take a hike. looks so pretty. awesome sunsets too. what a great day! ( :

Roan said...

Nice tour. The fence around the tree is puzzling, but nice fence.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Love the goldfinch pics!! :)

Carole M. said...

looks like a fabulous place to visit - love the goldfinches/yellow! Great scenery...boardwalks

TexWisGirl said...

the fence around the tree is rather quaint. :) nice area and beautiful views - skies, too!

(i fixed your link - it had some 'sent from my ipad' message at the end that prevented the link from loading.) :)

Pamela Gordon said...

Eileen, all these photos are beautiful. I love the fenced in tree. I wonder if it has special meaning to someone. The pink sky is pretty and I love the moon shot. Have a great day!

Ailime said...

Olá Eileen, perfeito esse lugar para caminhar ao som dos pintassilgos amarelos! Um lugar idílico onde apetece ficar!
Todas as fotos estão magnificas! Abraços. Ailime

Naquillity said...

oh how i'd love to join you one day for a walk at Hashawha Nature Preserve. it's so beautiful. love how they put a fence around that tree. it accented it well. so many great places to explore. can't wait to see your turtle pics. have a great day~

Icy BC said...

All beautiful shots, Eileen! Love the birds, the sky, the ponds, the gates...

Phil Slade said...

You have some lovely places to walk Eileen. I like the regular places as it's possible to really know the regular birds and notice changes that take place on a daily and seasonal basis - Just like you hearing those goldfinches about.
That fence does look rather strange so maybe its just been there a long time from when there was a sapling there?

Enjoy the rest of your week. It will soon be weekend birding.

Willow said...

I am loving the shots of the sky .
That moon shot is amazing !
What a sweet little fence around that tree .

Linda W. said...

What a nice place for a walk. Looks like you saw some pretty birds too. Can't wait to see the turtle pics.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Love the blue-gray gnatcatcher image

Well, all of your photo shares I like...as always Eileen.

Montanagirl said...

Beautiful set of photos - I like the wooden fence surrounding the tree. Your sunset photos are fabulous (as always).

R. Mac Wheeler said...

purdy shots

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Eileen I love the boardwalks with fences and those skies are to die for.

Irma said...

Beautiful photos Eileen.
Especially the sunset and the moon.
Perfect photographed.
Greetings Irma

Karen S. said...

Wouldn't that be something if someone put that tree up way back when the deer could have been a danger to the tree? Or it might be there to protect it from someone chopping it down. Making up stories about it is kind of fun too!

Jeanne said...

That looks like a great place to take a walk!

Karen said...

Boardwalks make getting around wetlands so easy. Beautiful skies, and I always enjoy your moon shots!

DIMI said...

Hello Eileen!!
Great post!!Beautiful birds!!Nice fences!!I like your skies and moon shots!!Wonderful pictures!
Wish you a lovely evening!Hugs!
Dimi...

Linda Gross said...

What a lovely place for a walk!

Mama Zen said...

These are all gorgeous, Eileen!

Helma said...

Occasionally I'm really jealous of you foto'van the beautiful colored bird watching Eileen. When you have so many beautiful and brightly colored birds. Really beautiful.
Also your photos of skies are beautiful to see :-)

Ida said...

I did enjoy your post very much.
Both your fences were wonderful. I really like the one around the cool old tree.
This looks like an awesome place to take a nature walk.
Such pretty birds, I love the Gold Finches.

Happyone said...

I'm really liking all your photos. I've seen some goldfinches at my feeder the last two days. : )

Our photos said...

That's a beautiful place, you have been to.

SquirrelQueen said...

What a beautiful place for a walk. It looks like it would have tons of wildlife. Love your shots of the cute little Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher and those handsome Goldfinches.

Sylvia K said...

Lovely pink and blue skies and a gorgeous moon!! Terrific captures for the day, Eileen, as always!! Thanks for sharing the beauty!!

georgettesullins said...

There's so much going on at your place! Love the Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher. Good catch on your part and I'm glad there's something that has an appetite for those pesky insects. I agree with Pam. That fence probably has special meeting for the person who built it there. Enjoyed the walk along the boardwalk and points beyond.

carol l mckenna said...

Great skies and moon shots ~ love the first photo of birds on branches which create a fence like look ~ xoxo

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

Revrunner said...

Looks like a very pleasant place to visit.

Christian Weiß said...

Great place and beautiful Goldfinches.

Gail Dixon said...

Amazing shots, Eileen! I would have to agree about the gnatcatcher. Marvelous shots of the sweet goldfinches, too.

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful images of birds and fences.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Pretty views and sweet bird photos. Love the old tree and lovely sunset, too. xo Karen

Brian King said...

Beautiful place! Usually fences like that are to keep horses away from trees, but I guess there aren't any horses around.

Karen said...

I love those old fences, we don't have any locally. Great shots and pretty skies.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

You had a great nature walk. I'm looking forward to seeing goldfinches when we get back to Oregon enext month! I wonder if they fenced that tree from the deer when it was smaller and just left it there? It makes a very interesting picture in any case.

Your skies are always beautiful it seems!

Light and Voices said...

It looks like it was a wonderful day to go for a walk with your husband. I am impressed with the photos you published from start to finish.
JM Illinois

DeniseinVA said...

You go on some real pretty walks Eileen. All your photos brought a smile. Have a great weekend!

Pat said...

Gorgeous shots. What a nice place for a walk.

Janey and Co. said...

Thanks for stopping by! Beautiful place to hike. I was thinking maybe the fenced tree is to keep the livestock from hanging out under it. Not sure why that would matter though!

Cranberry Morning said...

What a fantastic place to walk and enjoy nature! Those sky photos are wonderful. I never tire of a beautiful sky.

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen;
The Hashawha Nature Center sure looks perfect place for the beautiful walk♡♡♡ I LOVE the yellow Goldfinches, really adorable with the beautiful sky.

ps. Thank you SO much for the name (magpie) of the bird I posted. I checked with pc, but not sure for amateur p;)They are also beautiful birds!

Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

George said...

You had a beautiful day -- and a beautiful place -- for your walk. I enjoyed your photos of the birds and the park very much. Your sunset sky photos are gorgeous.

Joyful said...

I LOVE all your photos but those little yellow birds in the top photo are really sweet. Happy weekend, Eileen.

ellen b said...

Hi Eileen!
What a wonderful place for a walk. Love your photos. I love photos of birds.

Beth said...

What a beautiful place to visit! Your photos are beautiful.
Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I am now following you!

Stephanie said...

Fabulous series of images, Eileen. I think I favor the boardwalk.

marilyn said...

So nice to have a nature center close by. Lots of great photos you have posted.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Beautiful shots. I love gardens like that with lots of things to see and places to go.

lina@women perspective said...

Great place indeed to have a walk and enjoy the nature.
Love your sky shots as well, Eileen.

pattisjarrett said...

You know lots of great places to walk.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

I can certainly see why you would want to return to this spot over and over! Beautiful post.

Katarina said...

Thanks for bringing me along on this beautiful walk!

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Hi :)
come sempre le tue foto sono superbe !!!!
Magnifiche immagini :)
Myriam

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Handsome and stunning view :-)
Hope you have a good time.
Myriam

Jan K. alias Afanja said...

Wonderful shots of the birds, the great landscape and the nice sky.
Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend.

magiceye said...

Lovely virtual walk!!

Thank you!

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

The American Goldfinches look beautiful. There always seems to be new discoveries to enjoy on a walk.

Sandra said...

that is a beautiful tree, and maybe the fence is saying MINE all MINE? i like that boardwalk pic a lot.. beautiful birds

ladyfi said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh my, what a gorgeous place to wonder around! All of your photographs are just stunning, Eileen!

Minoru Saito said...

Hi,Eileen. Nice captures. American Goldfinch photo is very nice. Your sunset photos are also very beautiful. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

Debbie said...

there is always so much to see in one of your entries!! really good stuff today!!

i have yet to see a bright male goldfinch, hopefully soon!! i love the thought of that fence, wrapping itself around that old tree to keep it protected!!

and the color in those skies, WoW!!!

Carver said...

Wonderful shots. I love the goldfinches, moon, pink skies and walking areas.

maryaustria said...

Thats a wonderful and beautiful place! Gorgeous!

Ruth Kelly said...

love your photos

Caroline Gill said...

What a beautiful walk, Eileen! I have only ever seen two turtles in the wild! The American Goldfinch is magnificent.

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Marvelous photos of this special place and the landscape and animals there. Amazing !
I wish you a nice and sunny weekend, Eileen.
Best regards, Synnöve

Alexa T said...

I think that, also, I must do a note where to point that "I travelled and saw" Appalachian mountains, some days ago, and, in this very moment, "I was on the boardwalk near the lake and wetlands" at the Hashawha Nature Center! Great, isn't? So fast... with just a click distance...ooo.. and I saw the pink sunset...what lovely and amazing post, again!Alexa T

Irene said...

I really enjoyed your post, Eileen. So many great captures!

Wish you a nice Sunday.

Irene

NatureFootstep said...

my kind of nature. Love that boardwalk and the burning sky. :)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Your photos of the sky and the moon are exceptional! And I love the big tree all fenced in! Enjoy your weekend my friend! Hugs, Diane

Gypsy Lala said...

Stunning sky picture, love the yellow bird

Noushka said...

I would love to discover those finches!
That yellow is so bright, how beautiful!
Cheerio Eileen!

thomas said...

lovely mixed of photos

Maria said...

Those skies and moons are amazing!

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