Thursday, July 5, 2018

Shenandoah National Park

Happy Thursday, wishing everyone a great day!

On Jun 15th, hubby and I went on a day trip to Shenandoah National Park. These are some photos from along the way and at the park and on the Skyline Drive. We hiked the Limberlost Trail, walked on the Big Meadows and stopped at a few overlooks along the Skyline Drive. 


On the drive to the park I was riding on Rt 340 just outside Berryville Virginia I looked over and saw a Roseate Spoonbill. A rare sighting for Virginia, I had to turn the car around and go back for some photos. Looks like a juvenile Roseate Spoonbill was hanging out on a flooded field with a couple of Mallards. 





 The White tailed deer can be seen along the Skyline Drive, usually early in the morning and later in the evening. Do your two deer, one is a little hidden. I wonder how many bike riders have seen bears along their rides, they could be surprised unexpectedly having a bear pop out on the drive. 



A few Shenandoah Park birds, the top left I am not sure of it's id, the top middle bird is the female Eastern Towhee and top right is the male Eastern Towhee. Bottom left is a Cedar Waxwing, middle bottom row is a Song Sparrow and bottom right is a Blue-headed Vireo. 



Columbine seen along the Skyline Drive.



Skipper on the mountain laurels. 


A couple of sky shots taken at the Big Meadows, Shenandoah.








Some flower on the Big Meadows. 


Black Bear seen along the Skyline Drive in the Northern Section of the park. 



We were first to see this Black Bear along the Skyline Drive. I was glad not to have a line of cars in front or back of me. 






I am thankful for the wildflowers, what a lovely sight. 

I love seeing wildlife, I was thankful to see the Black Bear. 

I am thankful for all your visits and comments. 


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54 comments:

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Estas fotografias são uma maravilha.
Um abraço e continuação de boa semana.

Andarilhar
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
O prazer dos livros

David Gascoigne said...

Great to encounter the Roseate Spoonbill. I don’t think of them as being so far north.

Tom said...

...another beautiful natural spot, enjoy!

Rejane Tazza said...

Um encanto de fotos!Até os ursos encontraste! ADOREI! bjs, chica

Jeevan said...

Skyline looks like a wonderful trail to drive to watch wild animals and birds! Spoonbills migrate to a bird sanctuary here during winters and I really enjoyed seeing the deer and bear here at close distance

Kelleyn Rothaermel said...

I wonder what is with all the black bear sightings this summer. So many of my fellow bloggers and facebook friends have seen them. I hope cities aren't shooting them. It always makes me angry when they do that. Have a great week Eileen.
http://travelingbugwiththreeboys-kelleyn.blogspot.com/2018/07/genoa.html

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
What a delightful vista for flora and fauna!!! Hope you had a wonderful 4th of July. YAM xx

Barbara Rogers said...

So beautiful, and you've got identities of most everything too. You were sure in the right place at the right time, and then have a great shutter finger and lens' eye! Thanks for taking me on this bit of your tour. I'm a sucker for those animals/birds/flowers.

Latane Barton said...

What a lovely drive, Eileen. You can always find such interesting things on your outings. Maybe I don't know how to look. (grin)

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

ohhhhh you capture such sweet creatures.

RedPat said...

Love the Spoonbill, Eileen!

Dee said...

Poor little black bear looks so SKINNY in that last photo.

You were lucky to get to see him so clearly.

Marit Sønstebø said...

Hello Eileen,

Beautiful photos! It must be very nice to see all the wildlife along the river. I have never seen a black bear alive.

Happy Thursday!

Sussi said...

great photos! The black bear surprised me, I have never seen a bear in live.

William Kendall said...

It took a moment to find the second deer!

Cloudia said...

The bear wanted to see you👍

Jeanie said...

I hope you weren't as close to that bear as the photo looked! All impressive -- a wonderful park!

Sandra said...

bring on the wildlife, love it ALL and I think your bear trumps my Owl.. so beautiful

Sharon said...

I would love to see a Black Bear! We were told last week at Lake Tahoe that they wander through the condo complex, but we missed seeing any. Not sure what my little dog would do, anyway, and I didn't want to endanger him. But still . . . -- Your photos of the bear are great!

Out on the prairie said...

The tip[s of columbine taste like a strawberry and good when thirsty on a hike. I went up to bear areas but never saw one when I was last there. deer are always fun, but surprised with the spoonbill,exotic

Bob Bushell said...

I love a Rosate Spoonbill and the Black Bear, fabulous Eileen.

Betsy Adams said...

Oh you know how much I love that area. You are so fortunate to live close enough to take a day trip there... Great to see the Spoonbill ---and of course, the bear and deer.... Fun Fun fun.

Hugs,
Betsy

Karen said...

A beautiful place to visit! I used to see bears like that driving through the Smokies

italiafinlandia said...

What a beautiful park!
The Black Bear wins all... he seems a young one, maybe?
Have a nice weekend!

John eos shooter said...

Wonderful pictures. Gr. John

Sondra said...

What a great sighting on the spoonbills! I have no idea of what your un-ID'd bird, but it reminds me of the Acadian FC ...one that is missing off my list. The bear sightings are just awesome! I was at Shenandoah August of 2016, I did see some bear and it was such a thrill. You live in a great area close to lots of wonderful places to visit.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Another fun trip, and a perfect reminder of never knowing what you'll see, so you need to be ready! --That Roseate Spoonbill was fun to spot, I'm sure!

And next time you pass by Brunswick on 340 honk, this is my corner of the world! --Berryville is a cute little town, isn't it?

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How amazing to see the bear! And you really have to watch for the deer coming out in the road, don't you? Beautiful photos of one of my favorite places to visit!

Light and Voices said...

Agreed. You were lucky that no one was behind, in front or nearby so you could take these marvelous shots of the bear sighting. Hope you had a nice 4th of July.

Hootin' Anni said...

What a great outing!

happyone said...

Beautiful country side. Love all the pictures. Great pictures of the bears.

Jim said...

Great shots.

Missy George said...

I have never been fortunate enough to drive the skyline Drive. It seems to be a great place for scenery and photographs. Love the bear! Pretty sky shots! I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Thanks for Sharing.

Debbie said...

what a great trip eileen, you surly hit the critter jackpot. we have a roseate spoonbill here in nj, a little bit south of me. let me know if you want to know exactly where and i will look on Facebook. many friends are getting really good pictures!!

great captures of the bear - looks like a close encounter!!!

rupam sarma said...

Awesome pics.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Beautiful sky shots! Yes, having a bear pop out in front of me on a bike ride would freak me out a bit.

Angie said...

Eileen - last weekend, my son and his girlfriend drove part of Skyline Drive and saw several black bears. It is very interesting to me that people seem to see more of them there than we do here in 'wild' Montana. Love the columbine - it is one of my favorite flowers - so unique with its shape! Enjoy your weekend!

Linda said...

Marvelous photos! How great to get those bear pictures!

Denise inVA said...

How exciting to see so much wildlife Eileen, especially the bear but I would have loved seeing the deer and the birds also. We were talking about walking Limberlost and Big Meadows only a few days ago, but I have a sore leg right now so will have to wait for a while. Glad you had such a great time up there. Enjoy your Friday and the weekend :)

Joyful said...

Wow! You saw a lot of wildlife and birdlife Eileen. Great shots.

Jan K. alias Afanja said...

Wonderful post again, Eileen, I specially like your photos of the soonbill and that black bear.
Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend.

NatureFootstep said...

it seem to be two bears. The last one seem skinny. A young??

Love the nature and wildlife you shared :)

Phil Slade said...

An exciting day with lovely finds Eileen. How wonderful to see and photograph a black bear! I love that picture of the deer watching the cyclist heading around the bend.

photodoug said...

Eileen, Shenandoah National Park appears to be a wonderful adventure. Thanks for sharing.

Cathy Keller said...

What wonderful photos!! And oh, the photos of the bear is just wonderful! Lucky you! Have a grand weekend!

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

Another great place to wander and explore.Thanks for sharing your adventures - love the spoonbill.

bill burke said...

Hi Eileen,
The nature and wildlife photos are beautiful. How awesome it must have been to see the black bears. Enjoy your weekend and thanks for sharing.

carol l mckenna said...

Love the deer and bear photos ~ wonderful nature shots and singular cloud shot too!

Happy Day to you,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

magiceye said...

Beautiful captures all!

Merlesworld said...

A lovely day spent in the country.
Merle........

Al said...

Beautiful. I wish I'd been to this park when I lived in Maryland.

Lea said...

Great photos! Bears, birds, deer, a butterfly, and pretty flowers, too!
I think your no ID bird is an Eastern Phoebe. We have a lot of them here in north Mississippi, and they like to build their nests on our porch as close to the ceiling as possible, very much like the nest in your photo.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Lynne said...

Great pictures . . .
Reminds me of a children’s story . . .
“Black Bear, Black Bear . . .
What do you see . . . “
I might have hurried off quickly, happy you snapped the pics.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

That baby is all gangly limbs. So cute. Lots of cute critters the last two days. [yeah, I got behind]

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