Saturday, March 20, 2021

Special sightings this week!

 
You can look up in the sky and see that more people are traveling now! Lots of contrails from the airplanes high in the sky flying to Florida destinations. That was one thing we noticed during the pandemic, how few planes were in the sky.


My hubby and I are not 'free to travel' yet but we did get to meet a traveler at the trailhead of my favorite section of the Florida Trails, Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway. 


My youngest son traveled through and we hiked together! (and yes I have a mask in my hand for hugging! Moms have to hug, it's just who we are!!!)


That sure lifted our spirits to get to spend time with him. 


And he had a chance to ride his mountain bike on some of the trails here too.


This Pileated Woodpecker was in the tree behind our house this week.


He found something good in that big Live Oak tree!


He sure is photogenic, don't you think?


This guy is too!!!


I hope your week has been a good one. 

It was a GREAT one for me!!!

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE

and I’d Rather B Birdin’. 


48 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Hello Diane,

I am glad you were able to have a visit from your son! I always love seeing the Pileated Woodpeckers, they are photogenic. Great photos of you, your son and hubby. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, enjoy your day! Have a happy weekend!

Billy Blue Eyes said...

Nice trail. At the moment we have very few planes flying over out house and long may it stay that way, less pollution which is only a good thing

Tom said...

...we have Pileated Woodpecker at our suet feeders. Enjoy your spring day.

Sandy said...

You did have a special time this week. I know that made you a happy person. That woodpecker is spectacular. It is cloudy today, but I need to get out and do some yardwork, but I may have a short hike in the works for this afternoon.

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

So glad you got to spend time with your son!

Debbie said...

seeing our sons is always best, nice that he came for a hike with you!! what a beautiful woodpecker, the pictures are gorgeous and the tree also!!

we are seeing a lot of planes fly overhead too, i have heard air travel is up!!

a beautiful picture of you and your son!!

Arlene @Nanaland said...

So glad you got to hug your boy...nothing like it. That was good medicine for both of you.

Happy@Home said...

So happy to hear that you were able to hike with your son. Hooray for mom hugs!!
The woodpecker is a beauty.

Martha said...

Fantastic photos but the very best part was getting to spend some time with your son, that's priceless!

Ella said...

Nothing compares to a hug you get from your sun!
The woodpecker is beautiful!

Mae Travels said...

Pileated woodpeckers are really impressive. We saw them in one of the Florida NWRs and elsewhere as well.

be safe... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

carol l mckenna said...

Happiness being with your son and hiking ~ how wonderful ~ Xo
Happy Weekend to you ~

Living moment to moment,

A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Marcia said...

How wonderful that you got to connect with your son. Hoping for such a reunion for us with our second daughter in Buffalo later in April.

That pileated is so gorgeous. Haven't seen any up here yet in NH but have heard them. I must take down my bird feeder this weekend. Got notice of that because they are a bear attraction.

Sandra said...

before I read under the photo i thought she is standing next to a stranger??? then i read who it was. so happy for all of you to spend time together. i would never have belived we would have been through a time when we could not get together with loved ones.. he IS photogenic

Edna B said...

How awesome to be able to spend the week with your son. I can just imagine how wonderful it was. All those super hugs! Enjoy, hugs, Edna B.

Pamela M. Steiner said...

How wonderful that your son came to visit and that you could hike together! Looks like he is a chip off of your block for sure...even looks like you! What a blessing to have him come. And yes, that Pileated Woodpecker is a beauty. You were able to get some great pictures of him. I love to see them.

Inger said...

How fun for you guys to see your son. And his smile looks just like yours.

SImple and Serene Living said...

How wonderful that your son is there to hike with you and for hugging. xo Laura

The Feminine Energy said...

I wish your skies were still clear of "traveler's debris" but it is what it is. I'm so glad your week was a good one. And a visit from your son... and a hug, to boot. Life doesn't get much better than that! ~Andrea xoxo

Samyuktha Semi Jayaprakash said...

Very Photogenic!

Phil Slade said...

I'm pleased that you met those travelers, and that you are seeing sky trails again. Must admit I'm not seeing any planes just yet, least of all our flights to Greece. That Pileated really stands out against the tree. It must t that gorgeous ruby red colour.

Lea said...

Glad you got a visit with your son!
Love the woodpecker photos!

happyone said...

Oh I know how special it is to spend time with your son. I am so happy ours now lives so close. Hasn't always been like that!!!

bill burke said...

Love the Pileated Woodpecker, what a beauty it is. Glad you got to spend time with your son, must be a great feeling. Have a grand week!

Lowcarb team member said...

What a great week you have had.
So lovely to be able to have a visit from your son.
Many thanks for all the happy smiling faces in the photographs :)

All the best Jan

RedPat said...

How wonderful that you saw your son this week! The Pileated Woodpecker looks wonderful!

Janey and Co. said...

Lucky you! I love it when my kids come to visit! I agree that woodpecker is very photogenic!

Terri D said...

How great to have your son come for a visit and to enjoy hiking with you! That woodpecker is GORGEOUS! What a great catch. Enjoy that son of yours! Hope he is here for a few days!

magiceye said...

The woodpecker is bright and beautiful!

Shiju Sugunan said...

The hike looks amazing, especially with family. The woodpecker is beautiful.

Olde Dame Holly said...

Love your woodpecker photos. Reminds me of Woody the Woodpecker! So nice you got a visit from your son.

Linda said...

I'm glad you got to see your son. I saw one of my daughters a week ago, but the other one is on the west coast. I haven't seen her or my sister in over a year.

Anni said...

You both have terrific smiles!! Oh to have a pileated woodpecker in my back yard!!!

I want to send you my thanks for sharing this week. Happy Birding!!

Ann said...

How wonderful that you were able to visit with your son.
The woodpecker is indeed very photogenic.

David M. Gascoigne, said...

It is always great to spend time with family, but especially so in COVID times. Great shots of the Pileated Woodpecker, an impressive bird.

Teresa said...

Me alegra que hayas estado feliz con tu hijo. El pájaro carpintero es muy bonito. Besos.

Beside a babbling brook... said...

Hooray for spending time with your son!!!!!!

And so very, very, very happy, to see you all, enjoying exercise in the out of doors, without masks!!! Oh mercy yes!!! It's high time we began to use our own Intelligence and become Logical, even if "The Powers That Be" do not do so. Or do not seem to want to give up their Authority to tell us, what we can and can not do.

What would make you, "able" to travel?

🌺🌸🌷🌸🌺

Marit said...

Beautiful photos!

The woodpecker is so pretty!

Carla from The River said...

YAY! I bet you had a great hike and time together. I am so happy for you all.
I love each time I get to see a Pileated Woodpecker. I love how they fly.

Jenn Jilks said...

I saw the pileated this past week. I often hear them.
Great trip.
I just wish people were not traveling. We're up in COVID cases and it is so sad. Anti-maskers...

Jeanie said...

How fun to be able to hike with your son! That sounds like the most special day -- the birds were a bonus!

Nancy Chan said...

Great to have your son hiking with you. Love the beautiful woodpecker. Our sons are not able to travel back because of the no crossing of state borders yet.

OlgaQuilt said...

Very nice post!.

Kisses from Barcelona.

Olga

BeachGypsy said...

so so so happy for you my friend!!--you got to see your son! So glad he was there, looks like a great hike too. Such pretty scenery. Beautiful blue sky! A great day to be "out and about" as they say. Did he get to stay long? I just know you enjoyed your visit, short or long!! We had Fairy Granddaughter this saturday and sure enjoyed our time with her.

Breathtaking said...

Hello Diane,:=) What a lovely day you had, especially spending time with your son. Great shots of the Woody, lucky you, to see it in your yard.Wow! We don't see any signs of air traffic here,planes are grounded.
Have a nice week.:=)

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh, those woodpeckers are mischievous little guys, aren't they? We have a few holes that are right above our front porch area, and I found out recently that they are woodpecker holes! The painter has to seal the holes when he paints the exterior of the house. Those woodpeckers sure are masters at it - the holes are perfectly round. Lovely photos of the Pileated Woodpecker, Diane. : )

~Sheri

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

I'm so happy you spent some time with your son on the trails Diane!

NatureFootstep said...

what a great day. Spending time with family and friends in nature. Can´t be better. Nice shots of the wood pecker. :)