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


Friday, June 5, 2015

The Beauty of Shenandoah National Park

This year we went early....Mid  May instead of our usual June trip. The number one thing I noticed was the crystal clear weather.  .  You could see for miles. 

The further up Skyline Drive the better the view.  Beauty everywhere.



One thing that was missing was those large fluffy white clouds usually seen up here. I guess you give something to gain another.

This was a picture taken last June from an overlook showing the clouds.

When the evening arrived we were blessed with a beautiful sunset.





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


Thursday, June 4, 2015

Bearly Home....but Home it is

This year at Shenandoah National Park we saw one small bear and got no pictures...No matter how hard we tried no bear were showing up.  We had been home one day when my brother calls me and says guess what is at my bird feeder.  
video

I guess the moral of the story is  "Home is where the bear is!!"  Good ole PA. 
 
For anyone who can't open the video here are a couple photographs taken with an iPhone
through a window.
 

 
 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Bear in Shenandoah National Park

My trip to Shenandoah National Park last June was the "year of the Bear" for sure!  In Three days we saw 21 bear just driving between Skyland and the Big Meadows.  Here are some of the pictures I was able to capture. 
 
 
Little guy right along the road within yards of our room.
 
 
 
This larger bear walked right out of the woods and across the road in front of us
 
 
While walking Limberlost Trail this handsome fella was turning over logs and stones looking for a morsel of food
 
We saw this bear on one side of a building and as we drove by ......
 
A deer on the other side...
 
Some just wouldn't look at us   ...  camera shy

Others more than glad to pose.
 
To God be the Glory  ~~  Great Things He Hath Done
 
 


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