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.

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Saturday's Critters # 231

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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.



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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. 


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

Monday, May 14, 2018

Baker Park, Frederick Maryland

happy Monday,

I am doing an extra post this week, I am getting behind sharing some photos and parks we have visited during the end of April.  On this day hubby and I took a walk in Baker Park in Frederick Maryland.

April 25th, 2018
At this park there is a Night Heron rookery, both the Black-crowned Night Herons and the Yellow-crowned Night Herons. We could only see a couple of BC Night Herons, it was a chilly and windy day, the birds were hunkered down because of the weather.


The path around the Baker Park. I love the weeping willow trees.


Canada Geese with goslings.



Mallard Ducks


Black-crowned Night Heron.. hide and seek


Black-crowned Night Heron


Bell Tower in Baker Park


Some pretty trees blooming near the gazebo.





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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Saturday's Critters # 230

Welcome to Saturday's Critters!


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Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms, that includes the furbaby moms too.


I see the Pine Warbler at my feeder daily, the males are such a pretty yellow color. The Downy Woodpecker and Carolina Wren also enjoy this suet feeder.

The male Pine Warbler


Carolina Chickadee and a Tufted Titmouse


Carolina Wren and a Pine Warbler


Two Carolina Wrens.


Two Downy Woodpeckers and a Pine Warbler.










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!

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 T...