2013 Project 365

Project 365/185 – A Quick Walk in the Park


A friend sent me a message this morning letting me know she was looking at a Summer Tanager. As I’ve been in Gettysburg the past two days, I’ve been missing the ponies and had a barn day scheduled. But that put the birding bug into me. So I decided that if I had time after leaving the barn, I’d stop by Kinder Farm Park and try a new trail.

Sometimes I wonder if I have any common sense at all. I arrived in the heat of the day and the sun was bright and steamy. The first thing that caught my eye was this Hornet’s nest. Not too thrilled, as I am a bit allergic to bee stings. And I know these really hurt when stinging you. I skirted carefully by them and was safe. Phew!

KF6jul13-2998I’ve been learned to be a bit stealth when walking in the woods. There was a mowed trail, so I wasn’t too worried about ticks this visit. Thanks to my quiet footsteps and most likely smelling like horse instead of human, this White Tail Deer watched me with great interest. He finally ambled off deciding I wasn’t too much of a threat.


But being stealthy has its advantages and disadvantages. I was looking up in the trees for birds and not looking down on the trail. All of a sudden, I noticed this black long thing in the grass. A SNAKE !! I’m not sure who was more scared. The snake or me. I jumped back four feet and he hustled into the tall grass. I do not like snakes, snakes are evil, snakes will kill me, snakes are creepy.Β 

Wouldn’t you know though, in snake country was this beautifulΒ pair of Indigo Buntings out in search of bugs for their babies. This is the first time I’ve seen a female Indigo Bunting. These are such beautiful birds.

And then I found Wood Ducks – not one but TEN of them ! It certainly was my lucky day. Considering it took me nearly five months to find even one.Β KF6jul13-3071

The Flutterby’s are now starting to show up. I was able to capture three of them, but saw a few other ones that I missed.

It was a wonderful visit in the park, and I hope to get back there in the morning when things are more awake. Hope you’re have a great weekend planned.

27 replies »

  1. Snakes are nothing but very short legged lizards, but we don’t have any poisonous ones here in Michigan, so maybe that’s why I feel that way. My brother has a tripod that attracts copperheads for some reason, I think that I would ditch that tripod.

    Jan (watchwhereyoustep blog) has all the wood ducks down in Indiana this summer, I’ve seen one this year so far, and now the males have molted. There’s always next year.

    I notice that you’re not so afraid of wasps that you hung around long enough for a photo, I don’t think that species is very aggressive, unlike some others.

    Oh, and speaking of photos, excellent!

    • Ok..it was a fast shot with the wasps. I think the heat had them moving slowly. I do not like snakes..I do not like snakes…I do not like snakes.
      yes, we do have poisonous ones in Maryland. I agree – ditch that tripod. Copperheads??? Crazy!
      I’ll enjoy the wood ducks for you. πŸ™‚

  2. Wasps and snake notwithstanding then, a great outing?! Lovely images! PS I always wondered whether there was any use in smelling like a horse, unless you are a horse of course, I am not 100% convinced, but you have at least made me think about it πŸ™‚

  3. OMG are you kidding me. I am with you on the SNAKES bees too for that matter 2 years ago whol legs was covered by stinging yellow jackets that I had stepped on a nest while trimming brush in summer 😦 Always work dead of winter NOW πŸ™‚

    I have a 5 foot long milk snake in basement in the 90’s have not been down there since I HATE SNAKES I know they have to eat but lately even my garter snakes raise their heads as I approach 😦 I would rather have a family of Black Bear come through my yard πŸ™‚

    Never shall I use my tripod now got by OK without it so far YIKES I will have nightmares tonight πŸ™‚

    • Oh that is terrible about the yellow jackets ! I know that hurt tremendously. Hope you snuck in at night and poured boiling water on their nest to kill them.

      Hate hate hate snakes. I think if I found that big of a snake in my basement, I’d move ! I agree..give me a bear any time. πŸ™‚
      HAHA on the tripod..hope you didn’t have nightmares. πŸ™‚

      • No nightmares slept like a baby but I missed the shots of a bear that sneaked in here between 11 PM and 5 AM and destroyed all my feeders 😦 and NO PHOTOS AGAIN my poor flying friends will sadly be switched to a protein filled diet with my brand new just opened bag of Sunflowers seeds sitting just inside the back door wait guess glass won’t stop him either lol

        • When I had 4 dogs I never had a problem well except one incident with a Porcupine 😦 but with JT Momma’s girl she stands just outside the door and barks twice as if to say This is MY YARD man I swear I do not have a boring life I spread the fresh seed on the ground for all to eat this morning four legged furry critters are besides them selves out there camera I have is not good enough for distance from door to action unless I put film in old Pentax πŸ™‚

    • I went by it really quickly. I think the heat had them moving slowly. Love the buntings. I have such a soft spot for them and they’re everywhere here in summer. And they sing constantly. It’s wonderful! Thank you so much.

  4. Lovely photos, dear Emily. I especially love the butterflies. They seem to be following me everywhere at the moment. Blessings, dear friend.

  5. Beautiful photos. As long as they’re not poisonous, snakes don’t bother me much. We had one in our garden last year that I wanted to photograph it, but by the time I got my camera out, it had gone underground.

  6. Holy holy hamsters. That hornet’s nest, see i’m from an area that has no weird animals whatsoever. Just deer. And seagulls. Pigeons. I GASPED! AGH that looks so scary!!

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