This morning I headed out to a local park The Patapsco Valley State Park. A perennial favorite for my friend and I to hike.
Arriving a little early so that I could explore, I stopped by “Lost Lake” and managed to capture four different birds in one image. The bonus find at the lake was a Red Necked Grebe which usually doesn’t winter in our area.
We went past the Morning Choice trail, with snow covering ice below. Yak Trax and Katoolas on our feet, we walked steady. Contemplating which way to turn, the sign tempted us to begin a trek to California.
We crossed paths of three White Tailed Deer. We stopped in our tracks. They stopped in their tracks. We both stared at each other. Us in amazement. Them in curiosity, wonder and concern. They slowly ambled off. It was good that they found us a calming presence.
The falls were full, roaring with their might of the push of the water from melting snow.
On the last leg of our nine mile hike a tree filled with fresh holes caught my eye. Nearing, a Pileated Woodpecker flushed out giving us a great opportunity to check out her/his deluxe condominium that was in the construction process.