Monday, May 30, 2016

Sneaking Around For That Good Shot

I was intrigued by the growth over this hole in the tree. Later I heard a chirp of a Red-bellied Woodpecker and followed the sound to the source, I discovered it was a current home with the male inside. He was staying in touch with his mate, perhaps wanting to go and get something to eat for himself, as she may have been doing. A sprinkle was falling so it was hard to point my camera for very long at the home clear up in a tree. I waited for any change and she never showed up, maybe aware of my presence on the ground, and not wanting to give away their home.

Meanwhile out at the farm.....

This is an old cemetery I have been looking for. There are no roads into it, just a path for the mowers to get in.It was started in 1856, and contains many of the family members my street was named after.
Male Red-winged Blackbird
Male Goldfinch
His mate
Downy Woodpecker

White-Breasted Nuthatch

Friday, May 27, 2016

Always Horsing Around

Riding a horse always has a charm for me. I become more content with my surroundings and enjoy the different level to observe all around me. There is a serenity just watching a group of horses for me. I enjoy giving them a nice pat or even conversing a bit with them.As  a youngster we went into a fairly large herd and jumped on for a good ride. Some were broken for riding, but most weren't. We each pre-chose our ride from what we considered prettiest. Getting a partial ride was always a good time, many stories would change on how many times the horse bucked before you became airborne. Today I prefer the most mild mannered, and it takes me a while before my land legs return.

My three favorites


Hoary Puccoon
Virginia Waterleaf
I see scenes like this and always think of "the Sound of Music".
This is a beautiful trail called the  Backbone Trail. It is the middle of a huge loop the river takes below it. There are steep sides on both sides formed out of limestone and a rocky soil.

This is something you don't always see back on a trail. There were two, they took all the kids on a steep trail over the side to a river below.One of the Amish mom's left her starched black bonnet on the handle. I had seen them when I was down below earlier before I ascended this trail.

Milk Vetch

Taking a nap
There were three buggies for the big family visiting this state park. One didn't have a top in the right foreground.A slight sprinkle was falling, so it could be a damp ride home.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Searching For Bluebirds

A swallow peeks out of it's new home

Red-winged Blackbird 
I like watching the roof grow on this picnic shelter.
A male perches 
And trades places with a female
Yes, this should work fine, the kids are old enough to stay a bit on their own.

The male returns to this nest bringing a treat for those within.