Thursday, September 29, 2016

Fireroad walk

Hello,

I have a mish-mash collection of photos from my yard and some from around the lake all taken around the middle of September.

I am not sure of this bird's id, maybe an Eastern PeWee or unknown flycatcher.



During our walk to our lake, it was a beautiful day and an awesome looking sky.



A neat shaped cloud.


My morning glory fence with some pokeberry for the birds mixed in. You have to look hard for our the chained link under all the greenery. We let some of our yard go wild just for the birds and critters.


More Pokeberries.



My moon shot from Sept 14th. I missed the harvest full moon our skies on that day were cloudy!




I hope you enjoyed your visit and my post. I appreciate your nice comments. Enjoy your day and the weekend ahead!

Here is a list of linky parties for part of the week, I hope to see you there.

Thanks to Theresa @ The Run*A*Round Ranch for hosting Good Fences.
Thank you to Sylvia, Yogi and Sandy for hosting Skywatch Friday.
Thanks to Tom the host of The Barn Collective 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Walking the trail

Hello,

We have been on the NCR bike trail at least once a week lately. There are still some wildflowers blooming, we saw and heard a few birds and a snake crossing the trail. The weather is still summer like, officially Fall starts on Sept 22. As I type this post we could use some rain we are in a mini drought.

One of my only bird photos from our walk. A blurry Chickadee, it was moving quickly around the tree and fussing at us.





Are these called cairns, people must have stood in the river stacking up these rocks.





Even with the mini drought, the flowers were still blooming mid September.




I believe this is a harmless garter snake, later on we just missed a Copperhead on the trail. Some brave people moved the Copperhead off the trail right before we got there.


Back at home two Cardinals in our backyard.


For Tom's Barn Collective, I have another local barn from our neighborhood.


This is an update on my reading, I have now read up to # 9 in the Women's Murder Club mysteries by James Patterson.  They are usually page turners for me and I like the main characters in these stories. The stories take place in San Francisco. For some reason, these books remind me of old TV show called the Streets of San Francisco. I guess I am showing my age, it was cop show from back in 1972 with Karl Malden and Michael Douglas.

Thank you for visiting and as always thank you for the nice comments.  Have a great day and new week ahead!

Here is my list of memes for the week, I hope you can check one or some of these fun memes and the participants post.

Thanks to Tom the host of The Barn Collective 
Thanks to Jesh for hosting Seasons
Thanks to Maggie of Normandy Life  the new host of Mosaic Monday
Thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes
Thanks to the hosting team of Our World Tuesday!
Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Saturday's Critters #145


Saturday's Critters #145

Happy Saturday, it's time to share your critters and post. Any kind of critter will do, even a new or old post.. I appreciate everyone who is linking in with this week's critter party.


This time of the year I have a few warblers stop by to eat the berries growing wild in my yard. We purposely leave some Devil's Walking Stick and Pokeberry bushes growing for their berries, the birds love them.

Below is the Tennessee Warbler.


The Cape May Warblers were seen for a few days in a row, not sure if it was the same bird. The males have a dark yellow color.









The warblers are always a treat to see, especially when they land in my yard.

As always thanks for the visits and the nice comments. I also thank everyone who is linking up and sharing their critters.. Happy Saturday, have a great weekend!



To see more beautiful birds and cute critters, check out these two memes below.

Also visit:  I'd-Rather-B-BirdinThanks to the gracious host: Anni.  Also check out Camera Critters. Thanks to Misty for hosting this fun meme.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The neighborhood


Hello,

Happy Fall Y'all!






These are some scenes from one of our walks to our lake. This trail takes us past our neighbor's place, they are raising turkeys to be sold for Thanksgiving.


You can see some of the temporary fencing they have to keep the turkeys from running off and escaping into the woods.


We walk down the fire road to the lake, the sky was looking beautiful.







The geese are not in focus but I mainly love the colors in the clouds and sky.


It was nice to see a colorful sky for once, this may have been close to when Hermine was passing by on the coast of Maryland.

I hope you enjoyed your visit and my post. I appreciate your nice comments. Enjoy your day and the weekend ahead!

Here is a list of linky parties for part of the week, I hope to see you there.

Thanks to Theresa @ The Run*A*Round Ranch for hosting Good Fences.
Thank you to Sylvia, Yogi and Sandy for hosting Skywatch Friday.
Thanks to Tom the host of The Barn Collective 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Hashawha Nature Center Part II

Hello,

I took a lot of photos during our walk and visit to the Hashawha Nature Center. I saw so many butterflies, this summer seemed to be the year of the butterfly for me.



The Swallowtail butterflies were everywhere.


The waterlilies were beautiful in the smaller pond.


Waterlilies, Slider turtle, Chickadee and some Black Eyed Susans.


A Monarch Butterfly landed on the boardwalk in front of us.


Carroll County, Md is mostly farm land so we see lots of barns during our outings.



Thanks for coming along on my walk, I hope you enjoyed these photos.
I thank you for visiting and as always thank you for the nice comments.  Have a great day and new week ahead!

Here is my list of memes for the week, I hope you can check one or some of these fun memes and the participants post.

Thanks to Tom the host of The Barn Collective 
Thanks to Jesh for hosting Seasons
Thanks to Maggie of Normandy Life  the new host of Mosaic Monday
Thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes
Thanks to the hosting team of Our World Tuesday!
Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Saturday's Critters #144


Saturday's Critters #144

Happy Saturday, it's time to share your critters and post. Any kind of critter will do, even a new or old post.. I appreciate everyone who is linking in with this week's critter party.

I may be away from my computer but I will be visiting everyone as soon as possible.

These are some images from our walk to our lake, A Great Spangled Fritillary Butterfly, a juvenile male Scarlet Tanager, an Ovenbird and a Great Blue Heron flying low over the lake.


A not so good shot of the juvie Scarlet Tanager, they stay high up in the tree canopy.


A pretty Ovenbird, a breeder in the woods around our house and the lake.




I happen to catch a Great Blue Heron fly away. Can you find it?


I hope you enjoyed my birds and butterfly. It was a nice day to walk to the lake.

As always thanks for the visits and the nice comments. I also thank everyone who is linking up and sharing their critters.. Happy Saturday, have a great weekend!





To see more beautiful birds and cute critters, check out these two memes below.

Also visit:  I'd-Rather-B-BirdinThanks to the gracious host: Anni.  Also check out Camera Critters. Thanks to Misty for hosting this fun meme.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Hashwha Nature Center


Hello,

These are some images from our walk at the local Hashawha Nature Center. It is one of our favorite local parks to walk and enjoy nature. There is usually always something great to see there.


The trail going towards Lake Hashawha.


It was a good day to see the butterflies, below are the Great Spangled Fritillary butterflies.


A Belted Kingfisher landed in a tree right above our heads.


It was a pretty sky and cloud day. Great for skwatching.



A bridge and railing on the trail for Tex's Good Fences.


Some Sulfur butterflies, I am assuming they are the Clouded Sulfur. Please let me know if my id is wrong.


For Tom's Barn Collective and Tex's Good Fence here is a barn and fence scnee seen along the ride home.




As always I hope you enjoyed your visit and my photos and post. I appreciate your nice comments. Enjoy your day and the weekend ahead!

Here is a list of linky parties for part of the week, I hope to see you there.

Thanks to Theresa @ The Run*A*Round Ranch for hosting Good Fences.
Thank you to Sylvia, Yogi and Sandy for hosting Skywatch Friday.
Thanks to Tom the host of The Barn Collective 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Around the yard

Hello,

I will never forget Sept 11, 2001. God Bless us all!




Lately our walks have been closer to home, on the fire roads and to the lake. Here are some views of our lake, some shots from  my yard sharing more butterflies and birds.

One of my Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. They can be pretty feisty, I watched this hummer chasing other birds and even butterflies away from it's feeder.


A walk to the lake, we saw and heard a lot of birds and it was a lovely day for a walk. Top right is a Cormorant flying away,  Bottom row possibly a Common Yellowthroat Warbler and an unknown Flycatcher.


A view of our lake.



Below, the female (top) and the male (bottom) Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterflies.



The Chipping Sparrows are one of my common yardbirds this summer.


I wanted to share the giveaway gift I won on Jemma's blog I love the pretty towel set, spatula and the gorgeous sunflower print. Thanks Jemma! I hope you can visit her blog, Jemma shares many decorating tips, recipes and crafting ideas.



Here is another local barn in nearby Carroll County, A drive by shot during one of our outings.





More on what I have been reading, I enjoyed and actually laughed out loud at Jana DeLeon's "Ghost in Law" series. I read all 6 books in the humorous fun Mudbug series. Helena the MIL ghost was just hysterical.



As always, I thank you for visiting and as always thank you for the nice comments.  Have a great day and new week ahead!

Here is my list of memes for the week, I hope you can check one or some of these fun memes and the participants post.

Thanks to Tom the host of The Barn Collective 
Thanks to Jesh for hosting Seasons
Thanks to Maggie of Normandy Life  the new host of Mosaic Monday
Thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes
Thanks to the hosting team of Our World Tuesday!
Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday

Solitary Sandpiper

Happy Monday, enjoy your day! This week I am sharing the Solitary Sandpiper. The Solitary Sandpiper like it's name is usually seen a...