Thursday, April 9, 2015

Daytrip to Gettysburg, Pa

Linking up with Skywatch Friday  and Good Fences  

Hello, another break from vacation photos, I am sharing some Gettysburg Pennsylvania photos. Also time for sharing some Skywatch photos for Skywatch Friday and some fence scenes for Tex's Good Fences memes.

On March 11th, hubby and I visited the Gettsyburg National Battlefield and drove some of the auto tour..We can drive to Gettsyburg Pa under an hour, it is a nice place to spend the day..


LOL, an American Kestrel sky. A Kestrel perched on at statue at Gettysburg Battlefield.


From the Gettysburg tour road, fences are all over, I love the red barn and the big evergreen tree.


It was a cloudy day we when visited Gettysburg and this supposedly haunted covered bridge called Sachs Covered Bridge.


The Blue Jays and Robins, Redbellied Woodpeckers and a Redheaded Woodpecker were seen all around the battlefield auto tour.


Above you can still see the Kestrel perched on top of the Soldier's hat. Some days we just have to put up with the gray skies..At least it was not snowing at the time of our visit..


Above a view of the Pennsylvania countryside, battlefield, trees, fences, snow and mountains in the distance..


According to the legend three Confederate Soldiers convicted of being spies were hung from the beams in the covered bridge. Their bodies were recovered by the Unions soldiers.. It is said their spirits haunt the bridge and sometimes people have said General Lee's pipe smoke can be smelled on the bridge..


There are many barns and old homesteads on the Gettysburg battlefield, some still standing have an old bullet hole in the house or barn.


The belly band is a tip to iding the Red-tailed hawk.  Even though this is not a great photo I wanted to include photo of the birds I saw while touring the battlefield..


The statues of the soldiers are one of my favorite parts of touring the Gettysburg Battlefield..This soldier looks to be riding into my scene...

I hope you enjoyed some of our auto tour and thanks for stopping by and for the nice comments..

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

Thanks to Theresa @ The Run*A*Round Ranch for hosting Good Fences and thanks to Sylvia, Yogi  and Sandy for hosting Skywatch Friday.    I wish everyone a happy day and weekend ahead..

94 comments:

Knipsa Passtscho said...

Love that bird sitting on the statue :)) And look at all these fences! :D Must say, that was another great day in Eileen's life :))
You too have a happy day and weekend ahead!
【ツ】Knipsa

Margaret Adamson said...

Fantastic looking fences and barns adn i love the Kestrel sitting on the helmet

Tom said...

Gettysburg, one of the many places I need to visit, Great images. Tom The Backroads Traveller

John's Island said...

Hi Eileen, I love that bird on the hat and the covered bridge. Great snaps! That is some interesting country you visited. I would love to see Gettsyburg National Battlefield one of these days. Nice work on the fences as well. Have a great day! John

Gayle said...

The Red Tail pic is my pick today. Agree about touring Gettysburg.

".E." Lizard Breath Speaks, It's Beth said...

i love the covered bridge. i am trying to think how long ago we visited there. i know i went with my parents years ago. a very special place. such history. ( :

Linley S said...

You certainly captured some rustic looking fences Eileen. I do like the covered bridge.

Juni said...

Oi Eileen, as imagens dos pássaros estão lindas, aliás, todas as fotos estão maravilhosas!
Horripilante a ideia de visitar um local mal assombrado, mas deve ser uma experiência ótima.
Beijos...

Gail said...

What an amazing place full of history. I've always wanted to go here. Great photos.

Mascha said...

The kestrel makes the monument perfect!
Such triangular snow fences we have too in the Harz-Mountains, but I've never seen a covered bridge inB Germany..
Thanks for sharing your adventure :-)

Cranberry Morning said...

Gettysburg is one of my favorite places. There's something so moving about being on the battlefield. You really can imagine the troops on the field during those awful three days. Pennsylvania is full of wonderful old barns. Enjoyed this post!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Eileen, Oh you captured some wonderful shots in PA. Love the statues too and the old barn and covered bridge is amazing. Great shot of the Kestrel on the statue. Looks like you had an incredible time. I have never been but would love to visit here. My parents were both born in PA.
Happy Thursday!
CM

Rose said...

First of all, thanks for telling how you knew that was a red-tailed hawk. Always wonder how people identify the hawks.

I love that red barn, and the covered bridge is beautiful. And so many lovely fences. I really enjoyed my visit.

Sandra said...

the bridge is a beauty and i would love to smell that pipe smoke and the fence and soldier in the last photo are also beautiful. have never visited this, but my hubby grew up not far from it.

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful images, especially the American , superb.

Mildred said...

Wow, Eileen. These are beautiful photos. The Kestrel makes me giggle perched on top!

Karen S. said...

Your bird captures today all have that, look at me I'm proud to be me! Life is so good! My absolute favorite is your first photo! Enjoy your day, your pics have made mine a whole lot brighter!

ladyfi said...

Lovely scenery and I had to smile at that kestrel.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Kestrel on the statue is fantastic, Eileen!
~

TexWisGirl said...

what a great place to visit and a big piece of history. love the rural scenes and fences and the covered bridge, too. thanks, eileen!

Irma said...

Hello Eileen,
Beautiful pictures of the landscape.
I have to laugh at the Kestrel on top of the statue.
The Blue Jay is perfectly captured.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Very much enjoyed. HOpe to visit one day, before McDonald arches... overshadow the reserve. The setting brings to mind the viciousness that's building in American politics today. I can't remember there being so much anger on both sides.

Michelle said...

I enjoyed seeing Gettysburg. It has been several years since I was there. A beautiful, but sad, area.

The Artful Diva said...

wonderful captures of the birds - you must have a good lens on your camera!

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen; Oh, Gettsyburg National Battlefield, I only knew the name of the place from the famous address by 'Abraham Lincoln' :-) Yes, I smiled with the Kestrel on top of the statue, too♫♫♫
History of the three Confederate Soldiers impressed me as I think we have quite many related with old samurai :-)
Thank you very much for sharing the wonderful pictures of the place I wouldn't have a chance to see☆☆☆

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

Debbie said...

i have never been and i am inspired...i must go. i have a deep rooted love for covered bridges!!!

adding this to the bucket list!!!

Small City Scenes said...

How interesting to tour the battlefield. Very neat.
Love the shot of the Kestrel.
MB

Montanagirl said...

Such beautiful photos of a wonderful place so full of history! I like that Kestrel and all the cool fences!

Carola Bartz said...

We were at the Gettysburg Battlefield in 2007 during our acroos-the-States tour. It was very impressive, but also sad when you think about how many people died during those three days. I lvoe your bird photos - the American Kestrel is beautiful!

Felicia said...

love these kind of fences.

I need to visit Gettysburg again too.

carolann said...

A delightful of Ray pictures you took.

Like all your images that pertain in most of your photos and your brick fence and the birds.

Thumbs up for all.

Carletta said...

I've never been to Gettysburg so this was a real treat for me Eileen.
Thanks for sharing your wonderful tour!

Linda Gross said...

My husband and I have talked about going to Gettysburg. It is a 4-hour or so drive for us. I have a flourless friends who enjoy going to Gettysburg whenever they can. I am going to share this blog post on Facebook with them.

Andrea Priebe said...

I love these scenes from Gettysburg ... stirs up so many thoughts of what transpired on these very open fields. The barn and covered bridge are magnificent and the fences are amazing. But, all that said, my favorites, of course, are the Male Kestrel and the Red Tail ... love those Raptors :) Wonderful post, Eileen.

Andrea @ From The Sol

Noushka said...

Sorry Eileen, I realise I've so busy it's been a while since I left a comment here ;-)
The Florida scrub jay is gorgeous and your landscape photos wonderful even if the sun was not shining!
sometimes, photos look even better without it!
Lovely post :)
Keep well and thanks for your good wishes!!

Happyone said...

Love the barn scene and also the covered bridge. Beautiful photos.

Pat said...

Such a great historical site in the beautiful Pennsylvania countryside. Nice shots.

EG CameraGirl said...

You saw a lot of birds on and near the battlefield!

DIMI said...

Hello Eileen!!
What a lovely trip you had!!Very interesting indeed!Great captures of the birds and the beautiful landscapes!Thank you for sharing!
Dimi...

Linda M. Carmean said...

Wonderful photos! Love the kestrel. The covered bridge is so interesting! I've never read that there was a hanging, but it could have happened. Cool that they say the bridge is haunted, especially that you can smell Lee's pipe smoke!

September Violets said...

I really liked your photos of the farms and area Eileen. The driving tour sounds like a great idea. Love the statues (and the kestrel!). Enjoy your day:)
Wendy

Linda Kay said...

Great pictures, Eileen...the one with the bird on the top of the hat is really a good one.

Ida said...

This was so cool. I visited Gettysburg National Park many years ago while visiting a Penpal and this brought back some great memories of that trip. The fences are so cool there and I liked the shot of the Kestrel on the statue.

Phil Slade said...

A great mix Eileen. History, birds and photography. I think the kestrel atop the statue is just brilliant. Those statues must be some size as the kestrel looks tiny.

Karen said...

Thanks for sharing your photos. I've never been to Gettysburg. I love the covered bridge!

Nancy J said...

those criss-crossed fences, wonder how old they are, and covered bridge, what a story.

Giga said...

Interesting place to visit and like the covered bridge. Regards.

Mama Zen said...

Splendid pictures, Eileen! I would love to visit Gettysburg someday.

Sylvia K said...

Wonderful, historic place, delightful birds and terrific captures as always! Looks like a great trip!! The gray skies look a lot like ours for the past few days! Hope you have a lovely weekend!!

Bethany Carson said...

Enjoyed your photos of the battLefield. Looks like a neat place to visit. Love the covered bridge--too bad about the Confederate soldiers though.

Christine said...

Hi Eileen! Thanks for visiting my blogpost! I'm glad you enjoyed the views with me!
I know I have so enjoyed seeing more of Pennsylvania and the battlefields of Gettysburg, a place I want to visit.
I love covered bridges too so that was great!
Have a wonderful day!

George said...

It's been years since I've been to Gettysburg, but I sure would like to get back there. Thanks for your wonderful photos of the battlefield, birds and fences.

Dianne said...

Thank you for sharing your "Day at Gettysburg" Eileen .... lovely snaps

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Oh love the birds - and the covered bridge - looks like a wonderful tour.

The Queen Jester said...

Great images and loved the stories of the haunted covered bridge as well.

Our photos said...

Very nice series. I love the Kestrel in the first photo !

Paula said...

Interesting post with some interesting fences. I like the covered bridges as that is something we don't see here in south Texas. It took me a long time to figure out why there were covered bridges having always lived here in dry hot weather.

Stephanie said...

fabulous shots of the fences, bird on the statute and that covered bridge!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

We have not been there and I would love to go. Almost feels as if I were walking along with you. It really personalizes it because you show the birds along with the amazing history.

Cloudia said...

Dignified and lovely






ALOHA from Honolulu,
ComfortSpiral
=^..^=

Missy George said...

I live very near Gettysburg but haven't been there for a very long time..Enjoyed your photos..Good reminder..

The Yum List said...

Ooh I feel cold looking at those pics today. I can't imagine what it might be look in that period when the snow begins to melt.

Brian King said...

The Kestrel shot is awesome! LOL! I love the fences and that covered bridge!

Jim said...

Great shots.

Linda W. said...

Love that red covered bridge - haunted or not, it's a beauty!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Gettysburg is on my bucket list. I've seen Vicksburg and the old battlefield is haunting.

Linda said...

Interesting tour! I have been to Gettysburg several times but have not seen the covered bridge.

Photo Cache said...

I would love to go there someday. The covered bridge is very pretty.

Joyful said...

HI Eileen, I love the pops of red coloured buildings against the otherwise gray looking days. I hope you had a great time. Seems you've been travelling a lot and it makes for wonderful photo opportunities. Have a great weekend.

Pauline Woodcock said...

Great capture of the bird on the statue's helmet. I love those covered bridges; we don't have them here. That place offered lots of terrific material for fence photography.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

What a pretty, if a bit eerie, place! Love the kestrel - such a beautiful bird. I did not know about the belly band to ID the red-tail. I learn something new every time I come here! Love the haunted bridge.

NatureFootstep said...

lol, that Kestrel found itself a great place for watching the land :)

Love that kind of bridge. We don´t have them in Sweden :)

Booth 555 said...

Hi! I just love your photos and especially of the old fences! I just love old time fencing! And that bird is an awesome shot too, especially in the photo on down while it's still on his head lol.
-Lisa

Poppy said...

Beautiful photos, Eileen, of your visit to Gettysburg. I really love the one of the first and second pics; the first for its surprise subject and the second for that stunning but quiet countryside, the red barn and white houses, as well as the bare trees in the background that complement the wooden fences. Very pretty.

Have a lovely weekend!

Poppy

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh Eileen, what a wonderful place to capture the best photography and you did! Wonderful post~
Nancy

Jan K. alias Afanja said...

Wonderful shots, the first one is my favourite today.
Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend.

Lynne said...

Great pictures . . .
I like seeing the "perched" one . . .

John's Island said...

Hi Eileen, Thanks for your kind comment on my blog yesterday. Looking forward to Saturday Critters! Hope you have a fine weekend!

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Eileen,
Oh, how I enjoyed this post and I could almost "feel," the History that took place here.
Early Spring is so striking in Northern Virginia-gorgeous terrain and of course your photos are always a treat.
Have a lovely weekend,
Jemma

DeniseinVA said...

Great photos Eileen. The Amerian Kestrel on top of the statue is my favorite. I haven't been to Gettysburg in years. Thanks for taking me back and have a great weekend :)

Gattina said...

Must be an interesting place with so much history !

magiceye said...

Gorgeous captures!!

Tinna Sjoeberg said...

The first one is really funny :-)
And I like that bridge. Here in Germany in the Black Forest are some just like that, just not painted.

Tinna ✐

Carver said...

Great shots from your day trip. I love covered bridges.

barbara l. hale said...

I enjoyed the tour. Haven't been there for many years. I need to go back.

Our photos said...

Thank You for the comment on my work !

Al said...

What a fascinating place, one that I'd love to visit.

VioletSky said...

Love how that spot of colour on the kestrel stands out amongst all the grey (in the first shot).
That pretty bridge has such a sad legacy.

Chandra Eswaran said...

Hi Eileen,
Very nice narration and photos!
I particularly enjoyed the fences, the birds and the bridge. I have heard of haunted places and I have stayed at a B&B in Illinois, which Abe Lincoln's spirt was alleged to visit. The Kestrel on the Soldier's head is a Kodak moment (or is that a Sandisk moment)? :)
Have a Beautiful Day!
Namaste from Bangalore, India

Wandering Wren said...

Looks a great day trip to the Battlefields, those covered bridges are really special! Trust you to spot the kestrel on top of the statue, I'm sure he perched there just for you to take a great photo :)
Have a happy weekend.
Wren x

rainfield61 said...

You and me have then visited a grand place.

Elaine said...

That all looks very familiar, although we were there in October and we had sunshine. We visited the covered bridge, but I hadn't heard the story of the haunting. We walked through it, but no ghosts appeared. Just as well!

David Gascoigne said...

When you see how tranquil it looks now it's hard to believe the carnage that took place there.

Janice / Dancing with Sunflowers said...

Great photos and very interesting. Having recently returned from Norway, I noticed similarities in the farm buildings between there and the US - I assume the Norwegian farmers brought the techniques and the architectural styles over with them.

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