Thursday, November 14, 2019

Happy Thankful Thursday

 Hello and Happy Thursday & 


I have more trip photos from our recent road trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway to Asheville North Carolina.  On this day, we visited Grandfather Mountain State Park, there is an admission fee that is used to preserve this beautiful mountain park, it's biodiversity and all it's nature. 

Below are the Split Rock and Sphinx Rock, rock formations in this park are supposedly dated back to 1.2 billion years. 




Rock formation is title Sphinx Rock, it does have a Sphinx face.





There is a wildlife preserve, we saw the cute river otter, elk and eagles. 





There is a Swinging Bridge, which is a mile high above sea level. The mountain is 5946 feet high and is estimated to be 300 million years old. 




It was a windy day, I was thankful they have anchored this bridge so it does not swing.  



Me and my shadow on the Mile High Swinging Bridge.





The closer view from the Swinging Bridge, I assume the buildings are hotels, condo and vacation homes.  


The American Robin seemed to be enjoying these berries.  



I counted at least 5 Robins in this bush with these red berries. 



I am so thankful to be retired and able to take road trips.

I was thankful to see any birds, this trip was more for hiking and waterfalls than birding. 

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!

63 comments:

  1. UAU!!! Que lindas rpchas e formações.Belos azuis e adorei tudo aqui! Lindo dia! beijos, tudo de bom,chica

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    1. Thank you Chica! Enjoy your day and the week ahead.

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  2. Gostei bastante de ver estas belas fotografias e aproveito para desejar a continuação de uma boa semana.

    Andarilhar
    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
    O prazer dos livros

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    1. Thank you! Enjoy your day and the week ahead.

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  3. That block of apartments (or whatever it is) sure mars the landscape.

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    1. I agree it is an ugly building. Thanks for the comment! Enjoy your day and the week ahead.

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  4. Amazing capture on the marvellous rock formations and I too could see a sphinx face in one of the rocks! Wonderful preservation of nature and animals but it disturbs to see number of hotels and vacation homes spread over the mountains.

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    1. Hello, it seems no one worries about the habitat and trees they destroy to build these ugly buildings. Thanks for the comment. Wishing you a happy day!

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  5. Very beautiful nature photo… I love the blue sky and your shadow on the long bridge!
    Have a nice day!

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  6. ...I've been there and the large building is an eye sore, someone was paid off!

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    1. Hello Tom, that large building is ugly. It has ruined the view. Wishing you a happy day!

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  7. That beautiful park is a joy to see through your lens. It is a great place for a ramble. The shadow photo is especially good.

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  8. Lovely place and shots.. Beautiful Robin.. Cheers

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  9. Love those rock formations - so interesting. That swinging bridge though...even anchored, I would not like to be on it. Thanks for sharing your pictures.

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    1. Thanks Vera! I had my doubts about the bridge, but it was ok. Wishing you a happy day!

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  10. Hi Eileen...what great rocks, animals, and your pic on the bridge...you're a brave woman! I wonder if the split will eventually fall off, and then (in about a thousand years or so) there will just be sphinx and a flat rock. Have a great Thursday!

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    1. Hello Barbara, I am sure the split rock will break, just not sure how long it will take. Wishing you a happy day!

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  11. I don't think I could do that bridge! Good for you!

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    1. Thanks Jenn! The Bridge was not as bad as it looks. Wishing you a happy day!

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  12. That swinging bridge looks very interesting. I'd love the view from there.

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    1. Hello Dee, the views were beautiful. Wishing you a happy day!

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  13. those rock are so interesting and cool, the see the sphinx face!! the swinging bridge, super cool too, and i am in awe and you should be so proud that you walked on that thing!!

    that large building kind of spoiled the natural view!!

    my robins are all over the berry bushes i have in my yard too. and i am also so happy for you that you are retired and can really enjoy life!!

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    1. Hello Debbie, I was glad the wind did not make the bridge shake. The large building does spoil the view.
      The robins do love the berries. Thanks! Wishing you a happy day!

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  14. when I saw your photo of the swinging bridge I nearly fell over. I can't do them. You're brave!
    Have a great Thursday!

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  15. What an exciting and beautiful place
    Hanging the bridge looked very high

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  16. Fabulous photos Eileen, the American Robin is the best.

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  17. A lovely park but I don't know about crossing the swinging bridge! Thanks for linking up today and have a great weekend.

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  18. Hello Eileen,
    The Sphinx Rock was fantastic. 300 million years old! It's a very long time ago...
    Happy Thursday, and have a nice weekend ahead!

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  19. The rock face, amazing and that bridge!!! I hate swing bridges, and the last time I was on one, I froze. It was swaying just a tiny little amount, but too much for me.That is a huge engineering feat, and it looks very secure and safe, and not likely to sway!!!

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  20. Hello, the swinging bridge is breath-taking!
    You surely enjoyed your hike in such a beautiful place.
    Wishing you a nice weekend ahead!

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  21. Wow! Beautiful scenery...and the wildlife, just WOW!

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  22. Grandfather Mountain is a wonderful place to visit!

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  23. The shadow pic really gives you the idea of how high the bridge is! I always think that otters are having a good time!

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  24. What an enjoyable day you had! Lovely place to visit, thanks for sharing your beautiful photos.

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  25. Wonderful photos, Eileen. I like the Sphinx Rock and the swinging bridge would be interesting to walk on.
    Have a wonderful day!

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  26. That bridge is like the royal gorge bridge in canon city Colorado. And the sphinx rock reminds me of the monoliths near Douglas arizona.

    Look at that lively blue sky & sunshine! I'm glad I stopped by today!!

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  27. Amazing pics. Another beautiful post.

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  28. That's our favorite place to spend time! And I always wonder what the view is from those buildings...must be great! Love the photos. I don't know what it would take to get me on a swinging bridge though. Knock me out and carry me across I guess! haha!

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  29. You don't miss a thing on your trips...rocks, birds , mammals, bridges.

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  30. Wow, what a great place to visit. Amazing that they got that long bridge tied down well enough to cross in a wind. Grand views from up there. I have yet to see a river otter in the wild although I have been a few places where they are supposed to live. Amazing post, your thankfulness is always inspiring. Have a good weekend!!

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  31. The rock formations are fabulous and lovely to see pictures of the American Robin :)

    All the best Jan

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  32. You captured such beauty in these photos!

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  33. Eileen, I really enjoyed your photos...love your shadow shot. It is one of the best of them.

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  34. Spectacular scenery.
    I sure like to walk across that swinging bridge!!

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  35. What beautiful sights you saw and wonderful photos!

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

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  36. Love the shadow shot on that bridge. What a beautiful place to visit!

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  37. Great choices for SWF! Seems like the rock has a face.
    Have a great weekend.

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  38. Beautiful photos Eileen. The rock formations are very interesting and the wildlife is spectacular.

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  39. It is lovely seeing some of part of the world I will probably never seen so thanks for your lovely images Eileen. ALSO THANKS FOR LINKING ME IN. I am back again for a little while from my travels to Aus. and the I.O.W so trying to catch up. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  40. När jag ser dessa skyddade miljöer med sitt rika växt- och djurliv hoppas jag att mänskligheten vill fortsätta att skydda och bevara och att ingen klåpare får för sig att exploatera ett sådant område.
    Trevlig helg Eileen!

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  41. Hello Eileen,
    Impressive shots. Great to see that bridge with a fantastic high view.

    Greetings, Marco

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  42. Que buen perfíl tiene la roca. Es perfecto.
    Estupendas fotos Eileen.
    Te deseo un buen fin de semana.
    Un abrazo.

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  43. Great shots. What a beautiful area. Have a great weekend
    MB

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  44. Wow, these are amazing photos! And the bridge is scary!!! I have a think about heights and this would be one of them. Have a grand weekend!

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  45. I like those rock formations. I don't think I would want to be on that bridge on a windy day!! Have a nice weekend.

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  46. This is such a lovely part of the world. I love the things you chose to share!



    My Corner of the World

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Have a happy day, Eileen

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