Back to Birding and Nature

I knew I’d have to take a couple weeks’ break from blogging, and I had hoped to post my intention; but, well, our plans to hit the road came a few days sooner and there was no time.

We’ve been out west and picked up our new RV that finally finished production.  Yay!  After a return trip to Maryland, we packed it up and headed to Lake Greenwood in South Carolina, in search for warmer weather.

And it is most definitely warmer here than the mid-Atlantic!  I’ll be in SC for several weeks, working out the bugs and learning all the gizmos and gadgets on the RV.  And getting back to my passion…..photographing birds and being one with nature.

Here’s a sampling of what I’ve already captured in less than an hour around our campsite.  🙂

 

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Northern Cardinal

 

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Red-bellied Woodpecker

 

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Northern Mockingbird

 

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Northern Mockingbird

 

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Great Blue Heron

 

I can already tell I’m going to have a lot of fun getting back to birding and nature!

Thanks for catching up with me, I will soon be by to catch up with all of you.  🙂

 

 

58 thoughts on “Back to Birding and Nature

  1. I’m so glad that you are ‘finding the birds’. But you already know that photographers are some of the most observant people, and a woman with a camera is going to find what many other people never see. Your job and talent is to share with the rest of us what you see – and we so appreciate it!

    • Thank you, Susan! Our resort’s landscapes were created with birds in mind; there are many types of plants that provide berries for them. You’d love seeing all the Bluebirds, they are everywhere! 🙂

  2. Fabulous photographs of birds, Donna!
    I like bird photography and with my limited gear I do capture birds. I have a flickr account and moat of my pictures are posted there. If you like, I have a link to my flickr account from the blog front page 🙂

  3. Now that we have a new RV, your world will have no limits! I’m sure that you will amaze us with more terrific pictures, like the ones on this post. Have a great time my friend! Congratulations on the RV! 🙂

    • Thank you, HJ! New locations hopefully means new bird lifers!! 😉 Hubby and I hope to see our country and create wonderful memories over the next few years. Of course, I will be sharing as we go along!

  4. I wondered where you disappeared to. SC must be warmer than we are. We’ve slid into an early winter. Our fall has evaporated.

    Lucky! I would love to have an RV.

    Great shots as always. I’m looking forward to the travels to the west & your posts.

  5. Great to see you back at the blog again Donna, me dear encouraging friend! How lovely to have your new vehicle to travel and explore in A great capture of the Leap of Faith by the Red-bellied Woodpecker. I love those shots as they still have their wings closed. Have a wonderful week!!

    • Thank you, Ashley! It’s been a whirlwind of activity getting back to ‘normal’. We are looking forward to our RV adventures and making wonderful memories! I’m in the midst of lots of birds now and have been having fun trying to capture them. I remember you said you love our Blue Jay. When we arrived to our RV lot, there was a large flock of Blue Jays in a tree 50 feet from me. 😲 No time for photos then, but I’ll surely remember that sight for a long time! Have a super week too, my friend!!

  6. Nice to see you back here on WP, Donna. Sounds like you’ve been quite busy! Do you spend the winter as a snowbird or was this trip limited to breaking in the RV?

    • Thank you, Eliza! I’m still wore out, lol. SC is the maiden voyage to break the RV in, try to learn all this new technology they put in them. We’ll go back home to Maryland before Christmas.

      Hint hint though, we are planning to spend first of 2020 in Florida’s Everglades. I CANNOT WAIT!!! Oops, sorry, can you tell I am super excited about that trip?!! 😊

      • Sounds grand! I’m a bit envious, I would love a warm spot to escape to. I haven’t seen the Everglades since 1975. I expect it is very different now. Just watch out for Burmese Pythons! 😉

      • This will be our first time to the Everglades and Big Cypress, we’ll be staying in Everglades City, smack dab in the middle of nature galore! Oh yes, I will watch everywhere I’ll be going/stepping! Including up!! 😉

    • Thanks Steve! I saw so many things I would have loved to photograph in all the miles and rushing around, but just no time. It feels great to get back in touch with nature! 😊

  7. Good to hear you have a new RV! Enjoy it and the birds. Look forward to more great photos; hugs

  8. Sure looks like you’re having fun already! Yay! Wishing you happy birding… but what about the osprey nest? Have you left it behind?

    • Unfortunately, yes. In the Spring I will be thinking/worrying about Bella & Beau. I hope I have a chance swing by their ‘home’ to check on them and share with everyone. 😊

  9. Donna, if you ever get back out this direction, look us up. Love your shots. I remember when you blogged about all of the osprey that you could see from you window, if I remember right.

    • Yes, you are correct, I’ve watched Osprey for many years. Both this year and last, I blogged almost weekly on the Osprey Bella & Beau and their family on a platform not too far from our balcony. Good times! I’ve got Big Bend Texas on our bucket list, I’ll certainly look you up, I know I could learn quite a bit from you on sighting and photographing birds!

    • Thank you, Lisa! We been RVing since 2012 and retired several years later. It’s been exciting to see the U.S. We never had time for vacations prior, we were always working. 🙂

      • I can’t wait. I have at least a couple more years. We are trying to travel more even if it is in Florida somewhere for a few days.

  10. Beautiful pics! I am just getting into pro photography after using my IPhone forever, but I can tell it’ll take me a while to get to producing such lovely pictures as yours. I hope to get there before I turn to be a 100….

    • Thank you very much! I’ve been photographing for about 10 years, with new equipment purchases along the way. I am having an awesome time enjoying nature with a wonderful hobby. I think the biggest key is love what you’re shooting and really, really have fun. 🙂

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