Saturday, September 21, 2019

Saturday's Critters # 301

Welcome to Saturday's Critters!


If you love all God's creatures like I do and also like to blog about them and take critter photos this is where you can share your critter post. Link up your post and share your critters, join in with my critter party ! You can share any kind of critters the real ones, pretend ones, statues and paintings, a new or old post!

More from the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Iceland's coast.

Gulls fly by, I am not sure of their id.



The Arctic Terns were seen along the rocky beaches on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.



I am just guessing at this duck, a Scaup? Edited, thanks to David this is the female Tufted Duck below. 


Gull id's are difficult for me, the juveniles and adults look so different. Perched nearby is the European Shag, id corrected with thanks to David. 


A group of European Shag.


Northern Fulmar


A friend helped with this id, the Velvet Scoter. 



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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Happy Thankful Thursday!

Happy Thankful Thursday!

This post is a little backwards, I am starting off with a tour on the morning of Sept 4th and ending with an evening photo from Sept 3rd. I wanted to mention the temperatures while we were in Iceland, every day it was in the mid 50's-60's°. When the sun was out it actually felt warm. It was cold at night, in the mid 40's.

Sept 4th, we took the Golden Circle tour, we stopped at the Geysir Geothermal Area, next was the Gullfoss waterfall and last we went to  the Thingvellir Nat'l Park.


This Geysir Park is a smaller version of Yellowstone Nat'l Park in the USA.  We had some drizzle off and on during this day, mostly just cloudy skies. 







Below is the second stop of the tour at the Gullfoss Waterfalls.


I could feel the spray from this waterfall from my high up view point. 







The last stop was at the Thingvellir National Park, this park is where we watched the Northern Lights the night before. The park is located in a rift valley where the Eurasian and North American Tectonic Plates separate.












We had some drizzle during the day but heading back to the hotel I saw a rainbow from the bus.






Sept 3rd, after an all day tour we had a Northern Lights tour booked for that night. We were picked up 9:30 pm  at the hotel and driven outside the city to a nearby national park.  We watched the Northern Lights for about an hour, it took me awhile to adjust my camera to catch the colors of the Northern Lights. Below is the best I could do, the lights went across the sky in an arch almost like a rainbow. The bottom right light is a vehicle parked selling hot chocolate and waffles. 





I am thankful to see the Northern Lights, both on the plane to Iceland and at the park in Iceland.  There is no guarantee to see the Northern Lights, again we were lucky. They are an amazing sight to see. 

am thankful for all your visits and comments. 


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




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

Monday, September 16, 2019

Our World, My World

Happy Monday, 

More from Iceland, this area from our Snaefellsnes Peninsula was seen in the movie Game of Thrones. Hubby and I loved all the waterfalls, glaciers and the mountain views in Iceland. 

The famous Mount Kirkjufell






Kirkjufellsfoss or Kirkjufell Waterfalls


I'm watching you!  


A pretty view


Lots of gulls on this beach area. 






Mount Kirkjufell and the waterfalls.



I hope you enjoyed the post and photos.  

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Saturday's Critters # 300

Welcome to Saturday's Critters!

If you love all God's creatures like I do and also like to blog about them and take critter photos this is where you can share your critter post. Link up your post and share your critters, join in with my critter party ! You can share any kind of critters the real ones, pretend ones, statues and paintings, a new or old post!

Wow, 300 Saturday Critter linky parties! Thanks to all who participate! I do love the critters! I am sharing the birds in my yard. 

This time of year is a good time for bird watching right in my backyard. I am seeing various migrating warblers, local breeders Scarlet Tanagers, the Gray Catbird and my usual Cardinals and Nuthatches.

The following 4 photos are from Sept 9th. Sorry they are not the best photos, they were all taken from my dining room window. 




I am still seeing at least 2-3 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.



The Red-eyed Vireo has been hanging around the warblers eating the Devil's Walking Stick berries.



The Cape May Warbler like the berries too.


On Sept 10th, I watched the Scarlet Tanager, Gray Catbird, American Redstart and the Red-eyed Vireo all eating the berries.



The White-breasted Nuthatch is a regular visitor. 


The Red-eyed Vireo likes the berries too.




I think this is the female American Redstart. 


Two Scarlet Tangers eating berries, I think one is a female and the other is a juvenile.






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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Happy Thankful Thursday!

Happy Thankful Thursday!

On our second full day in Iceland we took a tour of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and National Park. The coast line is beautiful, we were able to hike a coastal trail with beautiful views of the ocean. 



The Snaefellsjokull Glacier is known as the crown of Snaefellsnes. Our guide told us, they may see a clear view 1 out of 10 times.. We were lucky this day, my traveling weather luck has held out so far. 



The coast line and rock formations are beautiful. Look at the pretty sky too. 


A lifer, the Eurasian Oystercatcher. 


Some shorebirds, like the Purple Sandpipers,  Dunlins and Turnstones were climbing around the rocky shore. 



Me and my shadow in Snaefellsnes. 



A seal being photobombed by a Common Eider. 



I had help with this bird below, another lifer the Redshank. 


More captures of the Common Eider.



More of the beautiful coast and sky. 






I hope you enjoyed my photos, I took over 400 photos on this day. I am sure I will be posting more on our Iceland trip! 


I am always thankful to see new birds and add to my life list.

** I am thankful for good weather on our trip.**** I am thankful for all your visits and comments. **


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




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

Monday, September 9, 2019

Our World, My World.

Hello and Happy Monday! 

My recent blog break was due to our Sept 2-7 Iceland trip. We flew from Dulles Airport near Washington DC to the capital city Reykjavik, Iceland. Our first full day, we walked around the harbor and marina.  I really liked the design of the Harpa Concert Hall building. The Harpa Concert Hall looked beautiful lit up at night. This building was designed with the help of Danish-Islandic artist  Olafur Eliasson. BTW,  I am guessing the bird seen in the harbor is a Black Guillemot?




The statue walk, various sculptures were found around the city and the Tjornin Pond.  Some of my favorites were the first statue is a bureaucrat taken off it's pedestal, Boy and Girl against the lamppost, The Settler, The Mermaid and the next to last is called the Spell Broken by Einar Jonsson.


Below, the monument to the Bureaucrat. 



We walked the loop around the Tjornin Pond, seeing lots of Whooper Swans, ducks, Greylag Geese and Black-headed Gulls.  I still have to figure out my new birds or lifers seen on this trip. This was not a birding trip, a trip to see the scenery, waterfalls, glaciers and we saw the Northern Lights. The birds are a bonus and always a distraction for me. 



I noticed the coral bill and legs, I think this is the Black-headed Gull. 





I am pretty sure these are the Greylag Geese, a lifer. 


A lifer for me, the Whooper Swan. 



I could be wrong, gulls are confusing for me. Is this the Lesser Black-backed Gull?



In the middle of the pond, I nicknamed this little island Gull Island. 


My and my shadow saw lots of pretty flowers around the pond and city.



Iceland is the greenest country in the world. With geothermal heating, hydro-electricity from the waterfalls. It is a very green-living place, I wish our country would do the same. The USA came in a dismal 61st, Iceland is first and Switzerland is number 2. 

Please check out and visit the following memes and links. I hope to see you there. 

Thanks to Cath the host of Country Scapes

Thanks to Angie the host of  Mosaic Monday


Thanks to LadyFi  the host of Our World Tuesday!


Thanks for visiting and commenting, have a happy day and a great new week!

Saturday's Critters # 301

Welcome to   Saturday's Critters ! If you love all God's creatures like I do and also like to blog about them and take critter pho...