So a photo is due for yesterday and admittedly, the one I quickly took was…bleech ! It was one of those times that the idea is sound, but the image doesn’t come out with what the eye sees.
But today’s adventure more than made up for with amazing photo opportunities and spectacular scenery. Heading out early to Maryland’s Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary to meet with two friends to go scouting for a hike, the fresh spring day greeted me. Today was to be a hiking day, a long overdue hiking day. I haven’t been able to truly hike since last October in Shenandoah for a number of health/body related issues. So excitedly I packed up my car with hiking boots, poles and a small pack.
I also included my full camera kit. iPhone 4s, Canon G12 to use during the hike. The Canon 60D with the 24-105mm lens for landscape shots; and finally the Canon 7D with the 500mm L lens attached in case I could do some birding.
Getting into the parking lot, houses filled with Purple Martins and birds singing in the woods promised to be a great day.
We began with a good trail, but ended up bushwacking through a good section of woods. Warblers singing and taunting me as I couldn’t see them. We stopped on the bridge for a short rest and enjoyed Osprey, Indigo Buntings, White Vireo, Orchard Orioles, Eastern Towhees, a sandpiper, a hummingbird resting in a tree and who knows what else. Alas, the lens baby and Canon 7D was back in the car.
There were all sorts of spring signs to enjoy along the hike. With expansive landscape views with verdant fields filled with wheat and color.
I even looked into a bird box and found some baby birds. They were sleeping, and mom was nowhere close by.
And the barns…Oh the barns. They were everywhere ! They all seemed to have built in the same era, mostly likely from the early 20th century.
We were able to walk into this barn, I was hoping for an owl. Instead a little bunny ducked under some stuff stored in the barn. My friends walked further into the barn and saw sleeping on a hay pile a feral cat snoozing. Not too pleased, the cat ran through the barn eaves and out the front door. The bunny, seeing that the cat was high tailing it out of there, ran right after the rabbit as if chasing it. One went left, the other went right. Perhaps hoping to confuse us.
The day was complete after ten miles added to my boots. The day was truly picture perfect with so many birds, wonderful weather, great friends and barns galore.