Saturday, July 18, 2015

Overnight in Elk Country

Our first time to stay overnight in Benezett, Elk Country, PA.  
 My brother David, Rhonda and I took the camper and stayed in the Benezett Campground
 
 
We were the only ones in the campground
 

David and I walked back into the woods to the river following a horse trail looking for some wood for a fire later that night.

 
We enjoyed a blazing campfire for awhile before bedtime.  Next day at the store a man told us to
stay out of the woods and away from the river because this is a prime time for Timber Rattlesnake.  They lay in the sun on big rocks, "Maternity Rocks" he called them to energize their young who are to be born.  Well! No wonder no one is the campground!
 
 
We didn't let that put a damper on our trip....  Next morning one Elk Cow came out right by our camper.. . then 5 more arrived with their calves. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I was happy to get some pictures of the calves this close.  Last year we were really far from them out in the fields.
 

 
Driving around we saw Turkey Hens with their young poults
A couple Whitetail Deer Fawns. 
Never expecting to see Bull Elk we were thrilled to come upon two who were of a respectable size.
 
 
 
 
 
The light was fading fast and it was time for us to go back to the campground.
 
To God Be The Glory  ~~  Great Things He Hath Done



Sunday, June 14, 2015

Is it Thanksgiving?

No! But certainly a time to Give Thanks for the wildlife we see!
There is a flock of Turkeys that come to my yard.  Now that the hens are sitting on eggs the gobblers just wander around and eat bugs.  I see them almost every day. 
 

Sometimes before I even get up I can hear the gobble - gobble out the bedroom window
They go out back and up the hill

They spend their day looking for bugs in the grass

Now doesn't that look like "Thanksgiving" Turkey?

They are even comfortable enough to just lie down awhile and rest
 
 
My favorite picture of Turkeys so far this year.
 
To God be the Glory  ~~ Great Things He hath done
 
 
 
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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

A Parting Gift

We woke to clear skies and sunshine once again as if the fog was never there.  An Eastern Towhee greeted me right off the balcony of the room~~~ "Drink your tea"


Deer were grazing at the sides of the road


As we were leaving I peered into the woods and saw an ear moving and we stopped...  Saw more movement and discovered another doe with a newborn fawn.  She had him pretty well concealed but we could see her washing him and his movements through the grass.

Look closely between the two trees.





I never cease to be amazed and blessed by the  Creations of God and Nature's Beauty!!

Until next visit Shenandoah.... 

To God be the Glory  ~~  Great Things He Hath Done

Monday, June 8, 2015

What a difference a day makes

When you plan a vacation weather is always a factor in what you see, how you feel, and what you can do.  On the second day at Shenandoah National Park we woke up to fog, fog, fog.  I have been up there when this has happened and by noon all is well.   Not on this day. 
 
 
As we drove away from the room it looked like this. 
I tried to make the best of it and take some photographs  of the misty fog covered trees rocks and flowers 

 
I liked the way everything looked.  Driving wasn't so much fun but the limit of 35 keeps everything moving slowly

A left over pink azalea was a pretty sighting
 


And Look at that!! The deer don't stay in on a foggy day either.
 
The overlooks when you could see to pull into one looked like this...
 
When we were there in 2014 I took these pictures of the fog rising from the valleys which was beautiful and amazing
 
 
 
 
If you look you can always find beauty in God's Creation! 
 
To God be the Glory  ~~  Great Things He Hath Done
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 


Saturday, June 6, 2015

A Fawn is Born...Shenandoah National Park

After the perfect weather and the clear beauty of the mountains we were ready for some wildlife.
 
We were seeing a deer here and there but nothing outstanding until we came across a flower strewn field with a single Doe giving birth to a fawn!
We arrived as the fawn was being born and she was lying down... as soon as he popped out she stood up and started the tedious job of cleaning up all the blood and fluids from him and from the ground.
Bear are numerous and drawn to the smell of blood. 
 We watched for about fifteen minutes as she labored over her job
 
 He was trying his best to stand up, but she kept knocking him over with all the licking going on


When she was finally satisfied with his cleanliness she laid down to feed him
Shenandoah National Park tags their deer and some still have radio collars to track CWD.
(Chronic Wasting Disease) although none has been reported in the park.  That is why she has the
81 tag in her ear.
 
 
He nursed for awhile and she continued to lick him clean
 
 In some of the photographs I removed the tag.  I find it distracts from the picture.
 We watched in awe for about an hour.  What a miracle to witness this birth.
 

 We couldn't have chosen a more beautiful meadow for her to bring her little one into the world.
 
We were rejoicing over our being in the right place at the right time.
 
To God be the Glory  ~~  Great Things He Hath done


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