Saturday, May 26, 2018

Saturday's Critters #232

Welcome to Saturday's Critters!

Happy Memorial Day weekend!  I hope everyone enjoys their weekend.

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!

Back at home, we took a walk in a local park with my hubby and brother. We saw some awesome birds!
The American Bittern was one of the first birds we saw on the trail at North Point State Park in Baltimore County, Maryland.


One of the many Tree Swallows.


Great Blue Heron


Double-crested Cormorants on the Chesapeake Bay.


Bullfrog in the marshes


Osprey with a fish



How many snakes do you see? It is a warm sunny day so all the snakes, frogs and turtles were out enjoying the sunshine.





Slider turtle line-up


Below we saw the various stages of the Little Blue Heron, the all white juvenile, the mottled juvenile and the adult Little Blue.


The Little Blue Heron


We saw a couple of Bald Eagles too.


We enjoyed a walk on the Black Marsh Trail at the park, my brother joined us and probably took a thousand photos. I enjoy you all enjoy my birds and critter photos. 

I appreciate and thank everyone who links up their post and for all the wonderful comments this past year ! 


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Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Happy Thankful Thursday


Happy Thursday, 

Sorry my last post was out of order, that post was actually our 2nd day of our trip. This is the first day we arrived. Recently hubby and I enjoyed a road trip starting from our home in Maryland we drove to Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia and back home to Maryland. I took way too many photos to share, so I will highlight some of the areas we visited. 

We started off the trip in Logan Ohio, after a 6-7 hour car ride we needed to take a walk and stretch our legs. So our first afternoon we visited Strouds Run State Park for a walk and Lake Logan for the sunset. 



The Strouds Run SP trail had a lot of wildflowers, birds and pretty views of the river and lake. Birds seen were the Canada Geese, Eastern Kingbird, Wood Thrush, Eastern Bluebird, American Redstarts and Song Sparrows. 



A pair of Eastern Bluebirds.




"Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees." John Muir

A colorful American Redstart.


We saw many different wildflowers along the trail, I am not sure of the id.



A view of the Strouds Run, the Redbud Trees across the way were pretty. A lovely blue sky day too. I believe the muddy waters are due to the heavy rains from the previous day. 






After checking into our Logan hotel and having a nice dinner, we drove to Lake Logan to see the sun setting.

MY mosaic of Lake Logan, American Robin, Geese, Robin with a Song Sparrow, me and hubby's shadow, Song Sparrow, Eastern Kingbird, Yellow Warbler and the sun setting over the lake.



A pretty Yellow Warbler, the male has a red streaky breast.




The Sunset at Lake Logan, Ohio

"Live for the moments that take your breath away." unknown




I am thankful for all the beauty we see, birds, flowers and sunsets.
I am thankful to be able to take a road trip.
I am thankful for all your visits and comments. 


Thank you Michelle for hostingHappy Monday, enjoy your day and new week! Thankful Thursday
Thank you to the hosts of   Skywatch Friday


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

Monday, May 21, 2018

Hocking Hill State Park

Happy Monday, wishing everyone a great day and new week!

I first learned about Hocking Hills State Park  in Logan Ohio from Betsy from Tennessee
Betsy blogged about their hikes to the waterfalls and shared her beautiful photos. You can check out her blog post about Betsy's visit to the park. After seeing Betsy's post  I knew I had to add this park to my list of places to visit so hubby and I added Hocking Hills onto our recent May road trip.

The park has many waterfalls, cliffs and recessed caves, gorges, cool rock outcrops and a pretty forest. I took close to 1300 hundred photos while on an 11 day road trip. I will try not to post too many,  :)  and only show the highlights. The highlights in Hocking Hills were the Cedar Falls, Old Man's Cave and Ash Cave. Old Man's Cave was such a big area, I will do that section on another post. I did not want to overload you with too many photos on one post. We loved Ash Cave so much we went back the next day too.

The Cedar Falls in Hocking Hills State Park in Logan Ohio.

We started off early each morning and hiked almost till dinner time.


The Cedar Falls was beautiful, just enough water to look lovely.



The cliff walls near the Cedar Falls was a beautiful sight, I found some Pine Siskins going in and out of the little holes, maybe a nesting area?


A distant zoom of 2 Pine Siskins, they were very high on the rock wall. It sounded like there were hundreds of them around.


After a short drive, we took the trail to Ash Cave. The trail was mostly flat until you reach the recessed area and little falls.


A view of the Ash Cave and waterfall.


I am guessing these are Rock Pigeons, they were going in and out of these little holes in the cave.


The trillium wildflowers seemed to be common along the trails.


Behind the falls at Ash Cave.


The Ash Cave trail was a loop if you did not want to back track. We walked the loop, this is looking back at Ash Cave from the other side of the trail.


If you are ever in the area I highly recommend a visit to Hocking Hills State Park. We never expected to see such sights in Ohio!  I hope you enjoyed my post and photos. More to come later.

Thanks to the hosting team of Our World Tuesday!



I hope to see you there. Thanks to the host today. Enjoy your day and new week ahead.

As always I thank you for stopping by and as always I appreciate your comments.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Saturday's Critters # 231

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!

These are some of my yard birds during the end of April and part of May. The chipmunks enjoy the bird seed along with the birds and squirrels.

One of my favorite migrating Spring birds, is the Rose-breasted Grosbeak.


The farm down the street from me has 3 baby horses, they are so cute. There are 2 seen on this photo.


The Chipping Sparrows have returned to the yard.


The chipmunks enjoy seed dropped by the birds.


The female Cardinal is a regular visitor.


The Yellow-rumped Warbler is a new yard bird, I've never seen them on my feeders before.


Even the Goldfinch in the background is wondering why the warbler is at the feeder, lol.



I hope you enjoyed my bird and critter photos. I appreciate and thank everyone who links up their post and for all the wonderful comments this past year !







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Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thankful Thursday! 

I am happy to be able to watch the Great Blue Herons on their nest, so close to home. Sometimes I could see the herons on the tree tops from my kitchen window. 
This is a view of the nest and a Great Blue Heron standing off to the side of the nest. If you look closely (where the blue line is) you can see the head and beak of a heron in the nest. 


There are two heron's nest close together, one below has more pine tree branches in the way.




"Nature is not a place to visit, it is home." Gary Snyder

This is a view of the fire road, we like this walk from our house. This was around 2.2 mile roundtrip walk from our house.


Early morning moon.




"The earth has music for those who listen." Shakespeare

A Pileated Woodpecker working on a hole off the fire road. The Pileated Woodie knocking on the trees sounds so loud. 




"Do small things, with great love."

Two herons standing close to their nest.


The herons nest is harder to see now that the leaves are on the trees, but we can here the heron chicks. I think they are doing well.

Below, I was standing on the fire road and I could see at least 5 herons and maybe 3-4 nesting areas and one heron flying. I circled in blue the herons and nest. There are more nest across from my neighbors home.



The Scarlet Tanager is a breeder in the forest next to our home. I saw this bird land in a tree as we walked on the fire road. 



April's full moon.



I am really thankful for the online library, I have read most of Louise Penny's Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series. Only a few left to read. 

I am thankful for Spring, even though it was slow to arrive.
I am thankful to be able to watch the herons and their nest. 
I am thankful for all your visits and comments. 


Thank you Michelle for hostingHappy Monday, enjoy your day and new week! Thankful Thursday
Thank you to the hosts of   Skywatch Friday


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

Saturday's Critters #232

Welcome to Saturday's Critters! Happy Memorial Day weekend!  I hope everyone enjoys their weekend. ...