Thursday, September 21, 2017

Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park


Hello, happy Thursday,

I thought I would take you back to May and our visit to the Hoh Rainforest in the Olympic National Park. We walked a few trails, one trail took us close to the Hoh River. The Hoh Rainforest is lush and green from all the rain received in this area. There is a mix of coniferous and deciduous trees, lots of mosses and ferns. 

A view of the Hoh River and a pretty sky. 



Fern and mosses growing on a downed tree.


An Elk trying to hide from us just off the trail.


Below a line of trees growing out of one old fallen tree on the ground.


Wood duck couple and some very green reflections.


Another look at the Hoh River.


Looking up at the sky thru the tall trees. 



Below is the cute Wilson's warbler, easily id from the black line on the top of it's head.



The Northern Rough-winged Swallows were seen near the Hoh River.



There were a few ducks in this pond, but the Wood Ducks were a little closer for a photo. 



Beautiful view of the Olympic Mountains and the Hoh River. 




The Hoh Rainforest and the Olympic National Park was one of my favorite places to visit in Washington State. If you are ever in the area I highly recommend a visit.  I hope you enjoyed my photos.

My thankful list for today:
I am thankful for all the national parks in our country.  
I am thankful for your visits and your comments.

"Be thankful for all the troubles you don't have." 

Thanks so much for visiting and for your nice comments. Have a happy day!

Thank you Michelle for hosting. Thankful Thursday

Thank you to the hosts of   Skywatch Friday

Monday, September 18, 2017

Sandwich Tern


Happy Monday everyone!

Terns, Terns and more Terns. There are 15 various Terns listed in my field guide book for North America. But, on this post I am only sharing the Sandwich Tern. My first sighting of the Sandwich Tern was at Chincoteague. I was happy to see the Sandwich Tern again while In Florida near Daytona Beach. These photos were taken just south of Daytona Beach at the Ponce Inlet and Lighthouse Point Park.


You can't miss the Sandwich Tern with it's sharp black bill with a yellow tip. It is small to medium sized seabird and gull like in appearance. They have long pointed wings, grey above and white below. and legs are black.


They have a shaggy black crest. The Tern plunges and dives for their food.


Below two Sandwich Terns and bottom right I believe is the Royal Tern with the orange bill.


Just to show an assortment below is a gull, a few Royal Terns and one Sandwich Tern in the middle.


Closer look at the bill of the Royal Tern compared to the bill of the Sandwich Tern.





I hope you enjoyed my photos and post.
As always I thank you for stopping by and as always I appreciate your comments.

My list of memes for today, I hope to see you there. Thanks to both of the host below.


Thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes


Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday