Thursday, January 9, 2020

Happy Thankful Thursday

 Hello, Happy Thursday! 

  I am sharing more of our Hilton Head SC visit. On Dec 20, we visited different parks and beaches, we walked until we couldn't. A total of 7.8 miles for the day..  The first park was the Pinckney Island NWR, the Coastal Discovery Museum, Audubon Newhall Nature Preserve and  Coligny Beach Park.

 Bluebirds and a pretty blue sky!

 Me and my shadow (hubby).. at the Pinckney Island NWR in Hilton Head SC.

 Wood Pewee?  I am just guessing. 

 The boardwalk at the Coastal Discovery Museum.

I really liked this sea turtle sculpture seen at the Coastal Discovery Museum. 

 A group of Hooded Mergansers were seen from the boardwalk above. 

 At the Audubon Newhall Preserve, we saw the Brown-headed Nuthatches. They seem to like the Loblolly Pine trees.

 The Coligny Beach Park in Hilton Head was very nice.

Below, Black Skimmer with Ring-billed Gulls and possibly juvenile Forster's Terns with the black eye patch.

Can you make out a faint partial halo or circle around the sun, or am I imagining things. Our walk on the Coligny Beach in Hilton Head South Carolina.

A cloudy sunset, but a peaceful and pretty beach walk.

I am thankful for new experiences, in the past year and for those to come in the new year 2020!
Always thankful for the small things, walks on the beaches and bird sightings.
I am always thankful for your visit and comments.
Live simple and be happy!  😊

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!


  1. Hello Eileen,
    Very nice pictures. Funny to see you with the shadow on picture 2.
    Your last picture is so fantastic. A great light on the beach, lovely!!

    Have a nice day!!

    Greetings, Marco

  2. Hello Eileen,
    Beautiful photos! The boardwalk looks very nice, and the sunset was so pretty.
    Happy Thursday!

  3. Só posso aplaudir e muito! LINDAS fotos,tão bem trazidas!ADOREI! beijos, lindo dia! chica

  4. Hope you are doing well.
    Loved the post. Awesome photos.

  5. Good long walk, Eileen, I am sure that your legs are now both shapely and muscular at the same time! A day with birds is always superlative and Eastern Bluebirds and Hooded Mergansers add a special dimension to it.

  6. ...the beach scenes are my favorites!

  7. There's definitely a halo around the sun, and I adore those bluebirds.
    Have a great weekend!

  8. These are lovely! I know I will see your birds and beaches and open water, and be inspired to know that spring is coming!
    We are heart-broken in Canada with the loss of our beautiful citizens.

  9. I like that turtle sculpture too!

  10. Pretty Bluebirds, and down the beaches, where as a Black Skimmer, beautiful.

  11. Nice walk Eileen .... I saw the turtles and I thought they were real!
    Very nice pictures!
    Happy Thursday!

  12. Beautiful. Thankful for the joy you share.

  13. You really do walk a LOT in one day! And then get up and do it again. We look forward to some trips like that but wonder how much we'll be able to walk! It's so tempting when you see those neat trails or beautiful beaches! We are seeing lots of Flycatchers here now. Sometimes I call them Phoebes. I'm not sure how to ID them all. Beautiful photos of your trip!

  14. Thank you Marco, I have fun with my shadow shots.
    Thank you Marit, I appreciate your visits and comments.
    Thanks so much Chica! Enjoy your day!
    Thank you Rupam! Enjoy your day!
    Thank you David, hubby and I do enjoy our walks with nature.
    Thanks Tom, I love the beaches too.
    Thank you Toni, enjoy your weekend!
    Thank you Jenn. Have a great day!
    Thanks Tanya! I appreciate your comment.
    Thank you Bob, The Bluebirds are a favorite of mine.
    Thanks so much Ella. Enjoy your day!
    Thank you Rue! I hope your day is great!
    Thank you Diane, I guess on a lot of my bird id's. Enjoy your day!

  15. Hi Eileen!

    Ibland så tänker jag att det är de små sakerna som är så avgörande för vår uppskattning. Underbara bilder från en fantastisk natur med massor av fåglar!

  16. omgoodness, i thought those turtles were real for a second!!! you have a good eye to see the circle/halo around the sun. i see it clearly in the picture but i don't know if i would have had you not pointed it out!!!

    pretty birds, i have never seen a brown headed nuthatch and the blue birds are gorgeous!!!

  17. Beautiful photos, the water, the clouds, the sunset! And such great bird photos too! I'm always thankful that you capture all these shots and share them with me here.

  18. What a great place to explore and enjoy nature. I love the wee bird sitting on the chair, it's cute. The turtle sculpture is nice to see. Thanks for sharing your photos with us and have a wonderful day.

  19. I’d love to walk along that boardwalk. Love that turtle sculpture too.

  20. This feels like a very peaceful post, Eileen! It must have been a wonderful day.

  21. I can make out the halo around the sun but you had a great beach walk that provided many opportunities for photos.

  22. Hari OM
    Outstanding!!! And yes, I see the sun halo. YAM xx

  23. beautiful photos and I love the turtle sculpture

  24. It's beautiful, isn't it. And oh, my! Those mergansers. I just love them!

  25. Gusta siempre llegar aquí amiga. Se disfruta de tus paseos y la naturaleza que compartes Eileen. Me encanta ver el mar con esos reflejos. Te deseo buena noche.
    Un abrazo.

  26. There is an idea of halo in your shot. Just right! Awesome phenomenon.
    Nice series of critters and fine weather, indeed.
    Have a nice rest of week!

  27. very beautiful places and pictures

  28. It's always nice to see blue skies in the midst of winter. Looks like you had a wonderful time exploring the area.

  29. That boardwalk looks so inviting! That's a very nice sea turtle sculpture, and I love the cloudy sunset and the reflection off the wet sand!

  30. I love that boardwalk, I can imagine myself walking along it …
    Your photographs are lovely, and such a wonderful mix.

    Have a Happy Day and a great Friday too.

    All the best Jan

  31. I love the Turtle Sculpture!!!
    Great to see a pair of Bluebirds - there will be babies in the Spring!
    Hope you are having a great week!

  32. I love how you savor and enjoy the world around you and learn about it in depth.

  33. All the pictures are beautiful. I really like the bluebirds against the blue sky.
    Yes, I do see the halo.

  34. More awesome shots from your Island visit...

  35. I do see the halo and your photos are gorgeous. I haven't been to HH, but I have heard it is grand :) Thanks for linking up, Eileen and have a wonderful weekend!!

  36. Fantastic nature photos ~ the turtles are fascinating ~ lovely place ~ ^_^

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

  37. Wonderful photos, Eileen. The turtle sculpture is cool. What a blessing to enjoy walks like these with camera in hand! Thank you for sharing.

  38. I so love that sea turtle sculpture....those last two shots look so peaceful.

  39. The animal pictures are awesome and beautiful to look at!
    I love the sky pictures, heaven and earth form a unity in color, impressive.
    My sky ...

  40. Lovely photos! I like the turtle sculpture too! Have a wonderful weekend!

  41. I've not been to Hilton Head, but your photo's are quite lovely. I'm glad that you share with us your adventures, Eileen!


  42. Oh Eileen, a most perfect, chamber of commerce outing! Wow...spectacular!

  43. Lovely photos, Eileen, and beautiful blue skies to go with them. Enjoy the weekend!

  44. Great photos! I can see the halo around the sun!

  45. Hello Eileen
    your trip has been a really nice trip. You have seen a lot and have been able to photograph a lot :-) The Hooded Mergansers are great. someday I hope to see one in real life :-))))
    Greetings, Helma


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