Showing posts with label VALENTINE TRIP 2013. Show all posts
Showing posts with label VALENTINE TRIP 2013. Show all posts

Monday, February 25, 2013

Arkansas BIRDS and DEER

There are many reasons that we love going to Mt. Nebo, Arkansas... If you missed my first two posts from this trip,  click HERE.   Today I will share another reason I love going to Mt. Nebo---the WILDLIFE.

The picture above was taken the first afternoon when we got there.  This deer (and others) were there to welcome us... They are not really tame--but they are used to people being around, so they don't run away very quickly..

Be sure to click on the photos to see them larger!

Of course,  I take birdseed with me when I travel  (why wouldn't I????? ha) ---hoping to see some little birds... They must have been waiting on me to get there in Arkansas since as soon as I sprinkled the seed out on the back patio,  we had visitors!!!!    Here is one of the many Dark-eyed Juncos I saw that week...  There are many more Juncos in Arkansas than we have in my part of Tennessee.

All of these photos were taken through a window and a screen --so they are not as good as some that I've taken...  BUT---you can recognize them (I hope)...  This is a Pileated Woodpecker on a nearby tree.

And of course,  the gorgeous red Cardinals visited us there.

There were many Tufted Titmice around --flitting in and out!!!

And where you see Titmice,  you always see White-breasted Nuthatches.  (We had Chickadees --but somehow,  I didn't get their picture.)

Guess who showed up for dinner??????  Three little deer came by the patio to check out the bird food... Isn't he a cutie????

I got alot of screen reflection in this photo --but I still wanted to share it... There was a third deer --but he was out of the picture.  They were busy looking at someone walking down the street....

Here's one more of the pretty little deer peaking over the rock wall.  I think I heard him say:  "Peek-a-boo"...

We didn't see these Turkey Vultures this year ---but I took this picture of them here in 2011...  Decided to include it in case you missed my Mt. Nebo photos that year.

Finally,  here's another picture of the ROADRUNNER...  That is one of my favorite captures EVER.  I am still excited about seeing this bird.  I had no idea they were in Arkansas now...Maybe they will move on farther east into Tennessee.  Ya' think???  "Beep Beep"......

Here is a map showing where one can find Roadrunners in our country...  You can see that they are found in Arkansas!!!   If you want to read more about this bird,  click HERE.   Neat neat bird!!!!

Seems like each time we go to Arkansas,   we see something new to share!!!!  It's just a very special place for us!!!

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Hope you have a great day.


Friday, February 22, 2013

Mt. Nebo, Arkansas 2013

Today I will share a little more from our trip last week to Mr. Nebo, Arkansas.  If you missed Monday's post,  click HERE.

The picture above is a picture I took from the valley below our mountain ---looking up onto Mt. Nebo....Mt. Nebo is a flat-top mountain --where, depending upon where you are (and the weather of course),  one can see both the Sunrise and the Sunset each day.

Here is another photo of our cabin (taken late afternoon on 2/14).  You can see some of the gorgeous view of the valley below in this picture...

Here's is a collage  I put together of almost the same view from our cabin --on three different days, at different times of the day.  The picture on the top left was taken on Feb. 12 at 7:08 a.m. The one on the right was taken on Feb. 14 at 7:06 a.m., and the one at the bottom was taken on Feb. 11 at 5:20 p.m. 

George and I both took lots of pictures of the valley below and the upcoming sunset almost every single day.  This picture was taken on 2/12 late in the afternoon.

Here is a picture taken early in the morning on Feb. 12 --showing fog in the distance.

Then,  during the afternoon of  Feb. 12---look what rolled in where we were.  This foggy photo was taken outside of our cabin that day... Needless to say,  we didn't get to see the sunset THAT day.  BUT--that was the only day we missed it!!!

On Valentine's morning,  inside the cabin,  while we were eating our breakfast,  we exchanged cards.

And then came a HUGE surprise for me!!!!!  (George isn't usually able to surprise me since I am so NOSY... ha)....  He gave me a gorgeous wrapped canvas of a beautiful photo which he had taken when we were visiting Ocean Isle Beach this past December.  I was SO surprised and PLEASED.  What a perfect gift!!!!  Thanks, Honey!!!

One of my favorite places to sit when we are at the cabin is NEXT to the wood-burning fireplace.  There's just nothing better than sipping my coffee,  checking my emails and Facebook messages,  and keeping warm by the fire....

I'll close with another photo of George and me --while sitting on our picnic table --waiting to see the sunset... Hope you have enjoyed this set of pictures...  We had a marvelous time at Mt. Nebo this year!!!

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Have a great weekend and I'll see you on Monday.


Monday, February 18, 2013

An Arkansas Valentine Week

George and I took a little trip this past week to celebrate the joy of being each others' Valentines!!!  We went to one of our favorite places,  to Mt. Nebo in Arkansas.  Many of you know about Mt. Nebo if you have followed my blog awhile.  We visit there at least once a year --and even went twice a couple of years.  It's just a piece of heaven to us!!!!

We rent a cabin on top of the mountain (we call it 'our' cabin since we ask for the same cabin every year)---with a view of the valley below and of the sunset.  The picture above shows us sitting outside on top of our picnic table --while waiting for the sun to set.. It was a gorgeous late afternoon in Arkansas on 2/14/13.  

Here is the sunset we saw that evening.  Isn't that just fabulous????

The cabin is a place where we can go to RELAX.   We see wildlife all around the cabin and there are lots of places to hike in the area.  We also visit other nearby areas each time we go.  There's just no place better for a REAL vacation.    Here's a picture of the back of our cabin. 

The cabin has a fabulous wood-burning fireplace ---so you can imagine how much we enjoyed sitting by the fire when we were there.

We enjoyed all kinds of weather --and even had a little snow one night.  BUT--for the most part,  the weather was really really nice this year.  However, the day we went to Mt. Magazine (2/13/13) --the wind was VERY cold.  You can tell in this photo at one of the overlooks how cold we were.  It was fun though!!!!

One of the joys each year is seeing WILDLIFE while we are there.  There are deer on our mountain which are almost tame.   AND of course I have to take a bag of birdseed with me--to feed the little birds.  They must wait for me to get there since they found the birdseed quickly!!!!  One bird that we don't have too many of in my area of Tennessee is the Dark-eyed Junco.  Arkansas has lots of them --along with Cardinals, Tufted Titmice, Nuthatches, etc.

BUT---to my great excitement this year,  I saw a new 'life' bird for me,  a ROADRUNNER (pictured above)...  I had never seen one before ---so this is one of the highlights of this trip for me.  Isn't he amazing???   All I could think about was the old cartoon... Remember "Beep Beep"???????

We did quite a bit of hiking that week.  On this day (2/11/13) ---we hiked the King's Bluff Loop Trail --and saw a fabulous (HUGE) waterfall.  We also walked along the cliff's edge (note picture above) ---and looked at all of the different rock designs and pedestals.

On another day (2/14/13) --- we hiked on the Pedestal Rock Loop Trail --and saw some very unique pedestals (which I will show in another blog post).  Here is a picture of us on that trail.

After leaving the Pedestal Rock Loop Trail,  we drove down a dirt road in search of a beautiful waterfall,  Falling Water Falls.   I will share more pictures later of this beautiful waterfall with you --but I wanted you to see a tiny bit of it today.  The water here is a gorgeous shade of aqua!!!!  Beautiful!

I will end by showing you a picture of a sunrise. We saw the sunrise about 7 a.m. (after a drive down the street) at Sunrise Point 3 different mornings.  All of them are different --but this one (2/12/13) was a favorite.  Mt. Nebo offers benches at Sunrise Point for one to sit and enjoy the sunrise...  SO beautiful!!!!

Well--as you can tell,  we had a glorious week in Arkansas.   Hope you all had a good week also.  I have MUCH more to share---but those will come in time!!!

Have a fabulous Monday.