Sunday, September 28, 2014

Weekend Walk_Sept 21

  I am linking up with   Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday 

 For this week's post I am sharing some scenes from last weekend's  walk at the Hashawha Nature Center.. It is a local park with some great trails and usually lots of birds to see.  I believe someone ask me in a previous Hashawha post what was the meaning of the name.. Hashawha is a Native American term meaning "old fields".  Hashawha is a participant in Program Open Space, Maryland Acres for Wildlife and is a registered tree farm. A restored wetland with a boardwalk is open to the public for recreational purposes.



A Belted Kingfisher and a Green Heron were the highlights of the bird sightings..



The Green Heron looking fluffy and maybe wet, it preened for quite a while.


The dragonfly looks like a Blue Darter,  a view of the wetlands and an Eastern Painted Turtle.

The Clouded Sulfur and various wildflowers seen during our Hashawha walk.


A pretty Clouded Sulfur..


I hope everyone enjoyed my weekend walk and photos..

As always I thank you in advance for stopping by and for the nice comments.

I hope you can join in on our at  Mosaic Monday and   Our World Tuesday

 Thanks to Judith our new 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 ahead!

81 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

lovely clouded sulphur. the green heron is pretty cute. :)

Michelle said...

You really take some excellent nature shots.

rainfield61 said...

The critters enjoy everyday. From this Saturday, to another Saturday.

DeniseinVA said...

Thank you for taking us on this great nature walk Eileen. So much to see and each photo was so very enjoyable. Happy Sunday :)

Sandra said...

i like that path and would love to walk it. the sulphur is so beautiful... we have the green herons her, but no beautiful kingfishers

Margaret Adamson said...

great finds on your walk.loved the butterfly, wild flowers and Heron.

Roan said...

That last shot is breathtaking! Looks like a great place to visit.

thewovenspoke said...

I think you had a great walk and lots of wonderful; nature finds, great series of shots.

Irma said...

Hi Eileen,
These are wonderful collages.
Belted Kingfisher and a Green Heron are super.
The butterfly is sublime.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

You are an amazing birder! Very cool!
Thanks for the credit!
JJ

Noushka said...

WOW!
That post is something else!!
The Green heron picture is really super, this bird in the middle of this decor is gorgeous, so is the Clouded Sulphur!
I like the presentation of all your photos, a beautiful job, Eileen!
Keep well :)

Gunilla Bäck said...

Beautiful photos! I love the clouded sulphur. Have a great week, Eileen!

Nancy J said...

Eileen, every one a true winner, lovely close up of the butterfly, and birds galore, super series as always. Cheers, Jean.

Jo said...

You're amazing, Eileen. Your birds, butterflies and blooms are stunningly beautiful. I loved the Belted Kingfisher: very similar to our Pied Kingfisher. And the dragonfly and Painted Sulphur kept drawing me back to your post. Have a great weekend. Jo

Helma said...


What do you display lovely pictures Eileen-))) Beautiful green heron that but your dragonflies and butterflies. The pictures are nice and clear and the colors are beautiful to see. Very nicely done. Have a nice evening.

Cloudia said...

Nice photos. The last is a portrait!



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Linda Kay said...

Great critters Eileen. The yellow butterfly is great, and the heron is so funny all scrunched up.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful birds in this garden.

Snap said...

You find the most wonderful critters on your walks. I love herons, but have to admit there is something about the kingfisher that always makes me smile. May be because they look like they are up to something! Happy Mosaic Monday!

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

Do you whistle or sing and they all come to you as if you were in a Disney movie?

You find so much : )

Happyone said...

As always your pictures are gorgeous. Maryland has some wonderful parks!!

Bob Bushell said...

Oh my, the Clouded Sulphur is the most beautiful, and all of them excellent too.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, Really really nice picture. I love that Green Heron! Have a super day tomorrow and a great coming week!

Mary Cromer said...

Birds, Butterflies and Dragons ;) love your post for Mosaic Monday. I hope that you all are doing well~

bj said...

i always love going on afternoon walks with you. :)

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I am really beginning to appreciate cute little green herons as you share various photos of them. When I saw them in Florida, it was quick shots and not that close.
Pretty wildflowers on your walk and amazing macro of the clouded sulphur in the last photo.
Thank you for linking to Mosaic Monday Eileen and I appreciate the comments you leave for many, if not all of the participants each week.

A Quiet Corner said...

Kingfishers always make me smile...thanks, Eileen!...:)JP

Our photos said...

Very nice photos ! The last one is my favorite !

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

By that gorgeous array of Nature's beauties, we can see you have a great walk.

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

What a great place to explore...I love the boardwalk, flowers and butterflies

Pat said...

You always find something of interest and beauty on your nature walks. Love the critters and flowers you shared with us here.

Ailime said...

Olá Eileen, tão belas as suas fotos!
Esses trilhos por aí são maravilhosos!
Você vive num local paradisíaco!
Boa semana e obrigada pela visita.
Abraços, Ailime

Diane AZ said...

What a delightful place for a walk. I love the wildflowers, butterfly and puffy green heron!

pattisjarrett said...

Great shots. Rare to see a "face first" shot of a Green Heron.

orchid Miyako said...

Oh, Hashawha means "old fields". Great place to enjoy nature(^_^)v Lovely Green Heron looking fluffy; wonderful shot, Eileen♪
Great macro putting gorgeous 'Clouded Sulphur' center and beautiful wildflowers.

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

Ida said...

Lots of great nature shots here. I was just telling my mom how blogging allows me to see stuff I might not ever see in real life.
That butterfly is really pretty and I like how you paired it with the flowers.

Stephanie said...

Wonderful series of shots!

Linda W. said...

Nice photos, especially the ones of the heron and the butterfly.

DIMI said...

Hello Eileen!!Gorgeous pictures of the Green Heron and the beautiful butterly!Excellent shots!I really enjoyed your post!Have a lovely week!!
Dimi...

Poppy said...

That kingfisher looks like a mafia king to me!;)All he needs is a black trench coat and hat...Pretty wildflowers and cloudy critters, Elaine! Thanks for sharing and have a great week!

Poppy

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Oh Eileen, I really enjoyed walking with you through the Hashawha Nature Centre.

That Sulphur butterfly is amazing and one of the prettiest I've ever seen.
In the large photo you have captured how delicate it is - nature is awesome!

The birds are lovely as always, in all your posts recording your walks with your camera!

Wishing you a happy week
Hugs
Shane

Forest Dream Weaver said...

It's fascinating to see your birds,you have so much variety. We have one kingfisher and one heron....as far as I know! Lovely collage - beautiful colour combinations....

Happy Monday!
Ruby

Blackberry Lane said...

Very enjoyable photos you have shared. Have a nice Monday.

Wandering Wren said...

I think it is the little critters that have stolen the show for me today, I am always in awe of anyone who can take such great photos of small(ish) insects. Your mosaic photo is brill!
Have a lovely week and I plan to be back with you next week.
Wren x

EG CameraGirl said...

Thanks for taking us on the walk, Eileen!

Felicia said...

beautiful images Eileen. I see those kingfishers here. They look like they are having a bad hair day.

ladyfi said...

Wonderful shots of birds and that lemony butterfly.

Lorrie said...

You saw and recorded some lovely things on your nature walk. The dragonfly is so shimmery and beautiful.
Have a wonderful week, Eileen.

Montanagirl said...

Nice post, Eileen! Love all your photos, especially that Green Heron. I've never seen one of those. The Clouded Sulphur shot is superb!

Debbie said...

you see the best critters on your walks. i love that you share!!

i have never seen a kingfisher and i know they are around here. one day i hope, you captured him well!! and your butterfly is beautiful!!!

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

wow, love the wings - what a cool coloring.

we went kayaking this weekend & got to see bunches of herons. they are every where. love how they crunch all up like that. so cool! ( :

Sylvia K said...

What a delightful, colorful walk you've taken us on, Eileen!! Beautiful captures as always!! Hope you have a great new week!! Enjoy!

mick said...

Beautiful flowers and butterfly and I especially like the heron.

colleen said...

The heron looks pretty imposing and the yellow shot warms me all over.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That really is a wonderful place -- your area seems to be blessed with great natural areas. So good to see butterflies. And I love both birds. The mosaics are beautiful, such wonderful fall color!

carol l mckenna said...

Love the kingfisher! Always wonderful nature photography, Eileen! Great post for OWT ~

Happy Day to you.

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

Carver said...

Great shots from your walk. I love the diverse wild life photography.

Linda said...

Great photos! I've never been to that place so I'm glad to see something of it.

Marie said...

Fantastic views at this wonderful wildlife area. Great photos Eileen!

David Gascoigne said...

Great series of pictures. I don't know why but I have a soft spot for Clouded Sulphurs.

Jane said...

Great shots! I love kingfishers- such an announcer of things in it's space! The flowers are gorgeous and the beauty berries are luscious looking! I recently learned you can make jam with them. http://www.eattheweeds.com/beautyberry-jelly-on-a-roll/

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Eileen
That green heron looks very content and well fed, and I love the pretty yellow butterfly. Hashawha looks like a wonderful place for a nature walk.

Jocee said...

A great place, lovely pictures. The butterfly shot is awesome.

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

Nature photos...I can never get enough. Lovely, thank you for sharing.

Phil Slade said...

Love the Kingfisher Eileen. It looks so alert!

I could spend some time along that boardwalk, the habitat looks so wonderful for birds and insects alike. happy birding.

diane b said...

It is good to hear that these wetlands were restored and there are trails to explore. Sounds like a nice place to visit. The green heron is a beauty

Lea said...

We have a lot of the Sulphur butterflies here now, but they fly just as I get the camera focused. Your photos are great!
Have a beautiful day!
Lea

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

wonderful series of photos Eileen

Courtney Allison Photography said...

Beautiful nature shots! Really love the butterfly one! Thank you so much for stopping by and saying hi! :)

Fun60 said...

Beautiful, beautiful butterfly.

Icy BC said...

These are beautiful photos, Eileen! The yellow sulphur is just darling!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love that beautiful green heron and what an incredible close up of the yellow sulphur! WOW! Hugs!

Life Images by Jill said...

I always enjoy your weekend walks Eileen. We actually managed to get out for a bush walk on Sunday - it had been so long. We went hunting for wild orchids.
Have a wonderful week, and thanks for stopping by to say hi.

Christina Andromeda said...

How strange, those light blue flowers on on top right pic, i ve seen them in Greece too! They are exactly the same!

Gail Dixon said...

Boy, that Clouded Sulphur is sensational! I need to learn how to do collages. I think that's a good way to present many photos at once.

NatureFootstep said...

lovely Kingfisher. One of my favourite species. :)

Alexa T said...

Beuatiful the little painted turtle and magnificent the yellow butterfly! And I must say that I never seen before such beauty!! Amazing details presented like always... A sunny october day!

Betty Manousos said...

great finds on your walk, eileen.
the yellow sulphur is just gorgeous!!
xoxo

Maria said...

Oh, that yellow butterfly is to die for!

Veronica Roth said...

Lucky girl that you got to see a little green heron! I only see them now and then round here, but aren't they the funny little squat fellows? Now I want to go find one again. :D

Lady Fi said...

Fabulous shots.

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