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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday


I love Outdoor Wednesday - stop over at A Southern Daydreamer to see more wonderful outdoor posts.

The mountains behind Birch Bay

Our outdoor day was spent at Birch Bay State Park - a chilly, but sunny day. The colors were amazing and there were huge rafts of migrating water fowl, as well as the local resident seagulls.

This fabulous piece of driftwood was sitting upright - as if it had grown there. We wondered about the force of the waves to bring this piece to the shore - and then to set it upright.

Do you see the face of the old man of the sea - oh the adventures he's had.




The seagulls were flocking along the beach - muttering to each other . . .


And flying up when a dog would get too close - or a little kid
would come running down to investigate. . .

There were two unusual ducks swimming with the seagulls - I must get out the bird book and figure out what they are. Click to enlarge and see the ducks on the left side of the photo.

And some lovely mallards swimming nearby . . .



Farther out we could see many rafts of ducks - we could hear them too. I took pictures, not knowing just what I would get, as the display on the camera didn't show up very well in the sunlight - I think I got pretty lucky.


At one point we heard a loud noise and looked up to see the ducks circling around and jabbering to beat the band. They settled back down pretty fast and continued doing duck things.



The views were magnificent . . .


No matter which way we looked . . .

The winter storms had left a lot of great driftwood . . .



This little guy was enjoying climbing this piece with his little brother - who you can barely see, behind the center of the driftwood. Just after this photo was snapped the boy on the right swung around on the end of that piece that sticks out to the right - twisted about and fell onto the rocks on the beach. Nothing was hurt but a little pride - and maybe his sit-down.

I hope you enjoyed our trip to the park - I know we sure did - and giant chocolate ice cream cones just added to the fun.

11 comments:

Christy said...

What beautiful pictures and what a pretty place to spend the day.

Lisa Shatzer said...

What beautiful photos. Looks like such a beautiful place. What a fun day!

Marsha said...

What a wonderful way to spend a day! I'm off to see where this park is ;)

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Happy Outdoor Wednesday Jo! Beautiful pictures from Birch Bay! Love the one of the snow topped mountains with the blue water in front of it!
Thanks for sharing your photos.~ Susan

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

Birch Bay looks like a beautiful Park, the pictures are spectacular, and that little guy hiding in the driftwood, priceless. Thank you for sharing.
Sue

Mama said...

Birch Bay is stunning Jo and so are your photos, loved the driftwood photos, hope the little lad has recovered, looks like it was a lot of fun. happy OW, Kathy.

Light and Voices said...

I'd like a chocolate ice cream cone too please. Birch Bay is certainly a wonderful place to visit. It looks so peaceful and serene.
Joyce

Jeanne said...

WOW! This is a fabulous photo story of a happy day near the bay. The mountains in the background are stunning. Thank you for sharing your lovely photos. I know the little guys had a blast. The duck were awesome.

Hugs...Jeanne

kbbryant said...

I had to investigate where Birch Bay is located. The water is just so blue! Wonderful scenery. Funny how I want a chocolate ice cream now.

Kathy b

once in a blue moon... said...

beautiful pics and i love your header~

mythoughtsmyvoice said...

The views are beautiful. I had fun watching the birds/seagulls having fun while swimming! and that driftwood seems like it has been therefor ages. Kinda like it was meant to be there :-)