Thursday, July 19, 2018

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thankful Thursday!

During our one night two day visit to the New River Gorge Bridge and National Park we visited the Sandstone Falls and the visitor center. They were working on the road back to the Sandstone Falls so it took a while to drive there. It was worth putting up with the road work to see this pretty spot of the park. Sandstone Falls is 1500 feet wide and is made up of a network of boardwalks and little islands.

Early morning fog was hanging around the mountains near the New River.

The Sandstone Falls at the New River Gorge Park. It was a pretty day for a hike at the park and waterfalls.

Sitting in the car waiting our turn for the road to open back up, I noticed a few Baltimore Orioles in the trees in from the car.

Some of the birds seen on the Sandstone Falls island walk. Great-crested Flycatcher, Chickadee, Cardinal and a Yellow-billed Cuckoo.

I watched two Yellow-billed Cuckoos in a tree top. I was only able to capture one in my photos. 

The beautiful Indigo Bunting. 

The boardwalk trail leads to several islands at the Sandstone Falls. 

Swallowtail butterflies were hanging about.

The Great-crested Flycatcher posed for a photo. 

Sandstone Falls is part of the New River Gorge National Park, we stopped at the visitor center for a quick visit. There was this pretty Trumpet Honeysuckle outside the visitor center. I like the display of stones with the message:

"Our Parks, our watersheds, they belong to us all. Each one of us must help to protect the watershed we live in."

I am thankful to all the people who keep their parks, towns and neighborhood clean. 

I am thankful to visit our National Parks, our country is beautiful. 

I am thankful for the road crews, they have a hard job. 

I am thankful for all your visits and comments. 

Thank you Michelle for hosting Thankful Thursday
Thank you to the hosts of   Skywatch Friday

Happy Monday, enjoy your day and new week!

Thanks so much for visiting and for your nice comments on my previous post. Have a happy day!


italiafinlandia said...

the Indigo Bunting is lovely and the Yellow-billed Cuckoo has an awesome tail! Nice captures.
Have a sunny Thursday!

Betty Crow said...

An absolutely beautiful view in that top shot. Love morning fog. I haven't seen a yellow-billed cuckoo in person before. I know they were in Illinois, but will need to check to see if they are in Oklahoma. Loved this post!

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Fotografias de uma grande beleza.
Um abraço e continuação de boa semana.

Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
O prazer dos livros

Lady Fi said...

What a lovely place to visit. That Indigo Bunting is just gorgeous!

Small City Scenes said...

Such colorful birds. I love watching birds too. The falls is gorgeous.

RedPat said...

Such wonderful birdlife, Eileen! Love the Cuckoo's tail!

Bob Bushell said...

Superb Cuckoo, I never could get near enough, well done Eileen.

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

You always have such beautiful nature & wildlife photos. Love today's post.

Jim said...

That's great.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Pretty photos. I really like the first one with the early morning fog over the river. Magical!!

Betsy Adams said...

I'm glad you got to see Sandstone.. I was hoping you had seen it... Did you get to Grandview also??? Hope so....


Lea said...

Great images! Wonderful birds! Love the butterflies!
Hope you are having a wonderful week!

bellybytes said...

The three layers make it a gorgeous picture

Joyful said...

So much beauty. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Pietro Brosio said...

Very nice views, Eileen, a wonderful post indeed!
Happy weekend!

Phil Slade said...

So picturesque Eileen. A wonderful venue with great birds included. Love the Yellow-billed Cuckoo and the Indigo Bunting. Have a lovely weekend.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm so thankful for all the wonderful parks in our country too. I've never seen a Cuckoo bird...makes me smile just to say it! Enjoy your day!

Missy George said...

Always a fan of water falls..wish they weren't so hard to get to..Beautiful Indigo Bunting..We never see them here.I haven't seen any Swallowtails yet.They are very illusive or just not around..Have a happy weekend

bill burke said...

What a beautiful place to visit. Stunning photos Eileen and I especially like those Baltimore Orioles. The are such pretty birds. Enjoy your day!

carol l mckenna said...

Lovely series of nature shots! Love the blue bunting!

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

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful bridge shot among other wonderful ones!

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

Jenn Jilks said...

I love seeing so many butterflies at once. We've had 3 monarchs in the backyard, at one time. Hard to tell how many we actually have!
I love your birds, but the fog is amazing, too!

Linda said...

It's a fantastic area. We visited it a few years ago but did not make it to the falls. Your bird pictures are exceptional.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Wonderful birds in this post and the later take the best pictures.

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