Saturday, June 30, 2018

Saturday's Critters #237

Welcome to Saturday's Critters!

Happy Canada Day to my blogging friends in Canada!  

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These are some of the birds and butterflies I saw while staying at the Cumberland Falls Resort State Park in Kentucky.

Taken on May 7th 2018, a  Spotted Sandpiper was seen along the river right before the top of the Cumberland Falls.




A Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly seen on some wild azaleas near the Eagle Falls.





American Goldfinch outside the resort lodge.


This fat groundhog was seen outside the restaurant window at the lodge. I think it was watching me eat my breakfast, wishing he could join us.


I enjoyed watching this Song Sparrow playing in the water on the river's edge above the falls.



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Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Happy Thankful Thursday


Happy Thankful Thursday!

I am sad to hear about the loss of one of our old Skywatch friends Luiz Ramos from Brazil. He passed away June 21st. Luiz Ramos facebook page. Luiz was a very nice blogging friend, one of my first friends from when I started blogging. He helped run the Skywatch meme and also had a Flower Meme party. He will be missed, prayers for Luiz and his family. 

These are some images from our road trip, more from the Cumberland Falls Resort State Park. We spend one night and two days at the park. On this day we hiked to the Eagle Falls, located down river from the Cumberland Falls. 


The trail to Eagle Falls is across the river from the Cumberland Falls trail. See my previous post for the Cumberland Falls. 


A view of the Eagle Falls trail.


It was a pretty sky day.


A look at the Cumberland Falls from across the river.



A view of the river from the Eagle Falls trail.






This is the Eagle Falls, a harder hike than the easy Cumberland Falls trail.





The Eagle Falls was pretty.







The Eagle Falls trail had a lot of boulders around the river.


Walking back the Eagle Falls trail to the car.


Song Sparrow next to the river.


I am thankful for the first trail blazers, they make it easier for me to hike the trails.  

I am thankful to see pretty puffy white clouds and a blue sky!

I am thankful for all your visits and comments. 


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Monday, June 25, 2018

Cumberland Falls Resort State Park


Happy Monday,

I am continuing our road trip. After leaving Mammoth Cave NP and Bowling Green Kentucky we headed to our next night stay at the Cumberland Falls Resort State Park.

This is a Google map of our road trip. The trip dates were from May 1st to may 11th.



On May 7th-8th we stayed at the  Cumberland Falls Resort Lodge,. We had a nice room in the lodge for the night. Their restaurant was perfect for dinner and breakfast the next day.


A view of the river above the falls.


Pretty sure this is a Song Sparrow, seen near the river's edge.




Rainbow at the Cumberland Falls.


The recent rain helped the falls look great with lots of water.


Me and my shadow at the falls.





The view of the river and park  from the resort's restaurant. I was happy to see a worker come along and fill all the bird feeders outside the windows.




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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Saturday's Critters #236

Welcome to Saturday's Critters!


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On May 6th, I did a hike and some birding while my hubby was taking the Historic Tour in Mammoth Cave.  I was able to capture some Warblers, Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Thrushes, Northern Flicker, a Black Rat Snake and a Rough Green Snake.


Above and below a Yellow-rumped Warbler


Indigo Bunting.


Chestnut-sided Warbler


Red-eyed Vireo












Red-bellied Woodpecker


Northern Flicker



Black Rat Snake, it has pretty blue eyes.



Rough Green Snake, it blends in well with the green leaves.







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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Happy Thankful Thursday

Happy Thankful Thursday!



On May 5th and 6th we toured and hiked more of Mammoth Cave National Park we also took a tour of the Diamond Caverns just outside the park entrance. We hiked on the Green River Bluff trail had beautiful views of the river and forest in the park. 





The Green River a day after the big rain storm. The river is muddy and not the green color from the day before.


One of the few raptors I saw on my road trip. I am not sure of the id.



A female Eastern Towhee


Diamond Caverns is a public cave outside the Mammoth Cave National Park. Diamond Caverns has been offering tours for 155 years.


The some of the ceiling in the Diamond Caverns.


Below are various cave formations found in the Diamond Caverns.


The water dripping constantly keeps the cave growing.  I think the drips on the bottom right look neat.


The shapes and formations are beautiful.


Amazing drapery formation was very pretty.



We did not see any of the bats in the caves, I would not mind seeing them hanging from the cave ceiling.  White-nose Syndrome is a disease that is killing bat populations and spreading in the USA. The loss of millions of bats is bad news as they devour millions of insect pests and have a role in pollination.





I was thankful there were lights inside this cave and our cave guide was great.

I am thankful for the beauty above and below the ground.

I am thankful for all your visits and comments. 


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Monday, June 18, 2018

Mammoth Cave National Park, Frozen Niagara

Hello and happy Monday everyone.

These are photos from our road trip and visit to Mammoth Cave National Park on May 4-7. On May 5th hubby and I had reserved a cave tour called the Frozen Niagara. The tour lasted 1 hour 15 minutes, we were taken by bus to the cave entrance.

Mammoth Caves are known for their big rooms, this Frozen Niagara tour took us into an area that has some pretty cave decorations.













This was the wettest day on our trip, Kentucky received 3 inches of rain and it was the day of the Kentucky Derby. A rainy day was a good day to be inside the caves, no rain there!




 Not too many steps on this tour, we picked this tour because it described as one of the more decorated sections of the cave. 



A Cave Cricket, important for the cave's ecosystem.






Outside the cave at the Sloan's Crossing Pond, we took a short loop walk around this pond in the park. I did see a couple of Wood Ducks with ducklings. They hid quickly in the reeds.


Rain drops keep falling on my head, lol. Are you familiar with the BJ Thomas song?


Honeysuckle




 The following day hubby took the Historic Tour which was two hours, during that time I went on an easy hike and did some birding. 


I hope you enjoyed my post and photos. I wish everyone a great new week ahead.


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