Friday, February 16, 2024

Deep in the Forest!


 Time to put on our hiking shoes and go deep into the woods!


Don't be skeeeeered!


You're in Bear Country now!


A REAL bear den!


OK! That's close enough....let's keep going!


We'll only go during the day when the monsters don't look as scary.


Because you KNOW there will be monsters in the forest!

Some real.....


others imagined!


Use your imagination!

But don't let it run WILD!


I love hiking deep into the forest BEST! 


Gnome Country! It's my favorite place to be!

We'll just stop now to watch the pretty Warblers!


Time to FLY!


Were you skeeeered? Maybe just a little? Me too!


I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE

  and Mosaic Monday HERE ! 


40 comments:

Tom said...

...I love to see bears,but from a distance!

Jenn Jilks said...

Nice!
We're hiking in snowshoes these days...

Latane Barton said...

I wasn't skeered one bit, just enjoyed my hike with you!

MadSnapper said...

The owl flying towards us is my favorite and WOW, i did see some critters and some were real and some were not.. i don't want to see a real bear, or a mountain lion. just read something about them starting to be seen in central FLorida

Jeanie said...

I'd be a wee bit skeered, too!

Cloudia said...

What a wonderful adventure! Thank you so much for bringing us along Aloha

Red Rose Alley said...

You never know what you'll come across deep in the forest. That bear den was cool. That's a neat photo of the lizard. I love the little gnome welcoming everyone. These woods are all around me, and my son takes walks through them, but I tend to visit open spaces, like the creek. ; ) And this area is bear country too. The yellow jessamine is so pretty on your Header. Looks Springy.

Have a peaceful weekend, Diane.

~Sheri

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

What a terrifying hike! LOL!
I've been more scared of the old tree photos than the critters.
Thank you for the laughs

roentare said...

The forest floor seems very dry. Beautiful bird captures

happyone said...

Great hike.
We live with bears on our property and have only seen them a few times. See their scat all over though. Every time we've seen one they can't get away from us fast enough.

Lowcarb team member said...

A lovely hike from the comfort of my armchair.
Love all the photographs, great birds and a sweet gnome.

All the best Jan

Terri D said...

A fun post and thanks for taking us along on your adventures! I always love you photos! Happy weekend!

Lorrie said...

The forest can be a scary place, but also very interesting and exciting. I just make lots of noise to scare the bears away.

Ann said...

It was a bit scary with some of those monsters but I felt relatively safe. I was just glad that a bear didn't pop out of that den.

gluten Free A_Z Blog said...

I would be more than scared!! No way I would go into those woods and truthfully I am shocked to realize there are bears in woods in Florida. I had NO idea!!! Nice photos and now I know what a bear den looks like...

Lea said...

Beautiful birds!
Love the Gnomes!
Have a blessed day!

eileeninmd said...

A fun hike, I have a good imagination. I can see all kinds of critters on your hike. The bear den, I wouldn't get too close. I love the cute gnome and your warbler photos are wonderful. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a wonderful weekend. PS, thank you for leaving me a comment.

Mae Travels said...

Great photos. I would feel lucky to see the wildlife you found.
best, mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Marit said...

Lovely story! I love gnomes!

RedPat said...

The gnomes don't look scared so you were probably safe. I walk in the woods sounds so wonderful.

Barbara said...

I would not have known that was a bear den. Thanks for the photo!

carol l mckenna said...

Oh wonderful series of photos of your 'where the wild things are' ~ lol ~ especially like the little gnome ~ thanks,

Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Breathtaking said...

Hello Diane :=)
Beautiful photo of the yellow flowers on your Header, and those yellow warblers are great captures. I wouldn't venture into a forest on my own if I knew there were bears in it, but from my computer chair I wasn't scared. I enjoyed the real creatures and imagined, and seeing a bear den was pretty cool.The gnome is a fun find, or did you take it with you? You are such a tease Diane that I wouldn't put it past you!:=)
Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
Sonjia.

Bob Bushell said...

How was that, a walk in the way. Beautiful.

Wally Jones said...

It's a great time to be in the forest!
Just think how much more skeered those critters are of US.

Loved all your images.

Danice G said...

Bear country, oh no. I'll also admire from a distance. The warbler birds are so colorful. 'Hope your week is going well.

Yvonne said...

I'm afraid I have to apologize to you, for doubting bears were in Florida :) I had to look it up and found out one has been seen in middle Tennessee where I live. I'm not fond of the idea of running into a bear when out in the woods. Anyway, nice photos of your hike.

doodles n daydreams said...

I love the gnomes in the midst of all that skeeeeriness.

Irma said...

I like walking in the forest, you won't encounter bears here, you can only see them here in a zoo.
What we can encounter nowadays is the wolf, which has now really established itself in the Netherlands, there are a number of packs at the moment on the Veluwe.
I enjoyed your photos.
I wish you a beautiful Sunday.
Greetings Irma

Irma said...

I like walking in the forest, you won't encounter bears here, you can only see them here in a zoo.
What we can encounter nowadays is the wolf, which has now really established itself in the Netherlands, there are a number of packs at the moment on the Veluwe.
I enjoyed your photos.
I wish you a beautiful Sunday.
Greetings Irma

Penelope Notes said...

Signage IS important. I might have peeked into the bear den not knowing what it was!

Debbie said...

a bear den, i don't think i have ever seen one before. beautiful images of the warblers, they are such pretty birds!!

i image you have had nice temperatures for your hikes, enjoy the rest of your long weekend!!

Villrose said...

I have too much imagination!
Did the bear sleep in the cave?

Hena Tayeb said...

Lovely photos. Great capture of the owl in flight.
I have only once seen a baby cub while driving through upstate new york.

John's Island said...

Hi Diane, I enjoyed this walk in the woods with you. I felt secure having you along as the guide! ­čśŐ Thanks, as always, for sharing! John

Linda said...

Such a clever post! The trail looks inviting.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Oh wow, you went really deep into the woods.
I think the bears in Oklahoma also dig dens in the ground but I have never seen such a den.

Tanza Erlambang said...

scary to face with bear ....
however, beautiful photos.

diane b said...

Love the imagined scary monsters. I loved hiking in our forest but I can't do it any more due to sciatica and it makes me depressed not to be able to enjoy the sights and sounds of the forest.

Teresa said...

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