Wednesday, September 7, 2016

PLEASURE HOUSE POINT NATURAL AREA, VIRGINIA BEACH

The last time we were in Virginia Beach, we visited Pleasure House Point Natural Area.  This house was across the water but I saw the fences and so my first two photos are for....




Now for 


The pine cones are decorating the trees in great numbers.



The sun wasn't too far from setting.








All about nature.

1) "There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not man the less but Nature more."
~Lord Bryon~

2. "The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough."
~Rabindranath Tagor~

3) "Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountains and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books."
~John Lubbock~

4) "Trees love to toss and sway; they make such happy noises."
~Emily Carr~

5) "A light wind swept over the corn, and all nature laughed in the sunshine."
~Anne Bronte~



For the following as they become available.


I saw a flock of Black Skimmers flying low to the water.  They were far off so I had to crop the above photo.


When we saw that the tide was in, we realized there would be no wading birds to observe.  I was disappointed but I didn't take into account that the Yellow-crowned Night Herons would be finding a place to roost for the night.


We rounded the corner of the path and there it was, not ten feet away.  Another Yellow-Crowned Night Heron.  It didn't seem to mind us too much, though kept a wary eye just in case, and once hopping from one side of the tree to the other.  We again found it as we made our way along the path, and very happy to find it still quite close.  I took a whole bunch of photos (I will share them another time).  We didn't stay but a few seconds more. We were grateful for this gift but didn't want to disturb it any longer.  I didn't expect to see such a beautiful bird as close as it was.


You can visit all the memes by clicking on their names in this post.  My thanks to all our hosts for bringing them to us.





56 comments:

  1. These are beautiful photos! They are all wonderful to see, especially those lovely birds.

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  2. Your heron photos are divine! I have never seen this kind. I can't wit to see more. Also love your cloud reflections, and flying birds. You are a super photographer!! The fence looks like a horse fence.

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  3. Lovely. You are indeed the multi-meme queen, but I do love those birds.

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  4. It is right you can learn much more from nature than in classrom love white fence

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  5. Good Morning Denise!:) Lovely lakeside house with the white fencing, and the silhouetted pinecones make a great sky shot. The sunset views over the water are a beautiful sight, and beautifully photographed, as all of your photos are. How well those illustrious poets put their feelings into words, and they will continue to bring pleasure to all who read them. I like your Skimmers shot, still a very good image, shot at a distance, but the close encounter with the Yellow-crowned Herons are my favourite photos. Wow! they are fantastic captures!!:) Have a good day, see you later!:))

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  6. The 2 shots of the Heroen at the end are superb. Also the sunset scenes are stunning

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  7. I just love those sunset photos. It's so peaceful...

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  8. The last two shots of the heron are superb. Well done. Lots of lovely scenes in your post.

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  9. Hello Denise
    What a beautiful lake house and your
    Nature photos are unique.
    Greetings Sadie

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  10. That's a pretty, elegant-looking lakeside house. The white fencing and gate stand out. Beautiful skies. The skimmers and close-up shots of the heron are super and very interesting.

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  11. Absolutely love the second and last of the Skywatch Friday pics and the distinctive marking on the final heron. They were all great but those stood out for me.

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  12. Trabalho espectacular com boas fotografias.
    Um abraço e continuação de uma boa semana.
    Andarilhar

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  13. How beautiful Denise! Every photo & quote! Stunning sunset shots & amazing last two of the Yellow crowned heron!
    Best wishes!

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  14. awesome photos of the roosting herons and that last photo of the sunset is amazing and gorgeous... the fence is not only a good fence but a beautiful one also..

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  15. beautiful fences and gorgeous skies, the pine cone picture is so pretty and very unique. awesome snaps of the herons, one of my favorites!!!

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  16. Hello, wonderful photos. I love the Skimmers in flight and the YC Night Herons. Beautiful sky shots and lovely reflections. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

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  17. such beautiful photos denise...love the setting sun with the rays streaming through!

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  18. Lovely photos all...

    Oh how beautiful is the Yellow-Crowned Night Heron...

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  19. Gorgeous photos. Your camera takes it all in.

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  20. What a treat today, Denise! This series of photos are gorgeous!

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  21. That's one kind of heron we don't see here.

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  22. Lots of lovely things to see and read here Denise! Visiting from Good Fences!

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  23. Gorgeous photos. I love Good Fences. This one is breathtaking!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  24. That is a really nice looking home with a wonderful white picket fence.
    Enjoyed the sky shots and the birds as well.

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  25. Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing Diane

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  26. Wow - those heron shots are amazing!

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  27. That last photo looks like a painting! WOW! Love the white fences at that beautiful home and the bird you caught in flight! Wonderful photos!

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  28. love the 2nd shot and the night-heron is gorgeous! beautiful reflection!

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  29. Beautiful house indeed! And a lovely sunset. But what I really love are the photos of the Yellow Crowned Night Heron - what a beautiful bird! We only have the Black Crowned one here.

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  30. Beautiful post! I really like the last sky shot and the reflection off the water. The heron shots are incredible!!

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  31. What wonderful captures of the heron, Denise.

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  32. There are nice houses near the water. Beautiful photos. Nice you got to see the Black Skimmers and Yellow-Crowned Night Heron. We drove over there when they were developing that area.

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  33. Oh my goodness! The Yellow-crowned Night Herons are magnificent!

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  34. Very neat white fence. Beautiful sunset shots with lovely reflection. Great birds images. Have a fabulous day!

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  35. I have never seen a yellow-crowned night heron - so unusual! That house has a beautiful watery setting.

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  36. Hi Denise, super blog and great image of the Night Heron. Regards John

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  37. Great series of quotes. I will be sure to file these away and perhaps use them now and again.

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  38. I haven't read Lord Byron in a long, long, long, long time. Got to get back to reading poetry. Your photography is wonderful. Have a great week-end.

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  39. Some great stuff here Denise!

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  40. such a beautiful house and white fence. beautiful sky images.

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  41. You have a little bit of everything in this post and I love it.

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  42. Wow! I loved every single one of these images! Have a beautiful day!

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  43. Hello Denise, these are awesome shots of the Night Heron. Great sighting too!
    Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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  44. I enjoyed your beautiful and varied selection of photos.

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  45. Wonderful photos of the Heron!
    Love the sunset photos, too!
    Have a great week-end!

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  46. Love your shots of the night heron. I have only seen these one other time on a trip to North Carolina. Visiting you from SATURDAYS CRITTERS

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  47. Wonderful photos and quotes! I have a "thing" for pinecones...not sure why. :-) I'm the same way about bunches of grapes.

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  48. Really lovely pictures of the herons! I never really thought about it before, but didn't realize they would roost in trees overnight. The sunset shots are just gorgeous.

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  49. Beautiful nature shots ~ lovely fences and delightful critters ~

    Happy Creating ~ ^_^

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  50. Love the heron against the pine needles backdrop. That makes a beautiful image indeed. And the skimmers flying in flock!!-------awesome.

    Your fence post is stunning, as are your sky photos [again, I like the pine cones] AND #4 quote, that one made me feel 'happy'!!


    Thank you so much for adding your link this week at I'd Rather B Birdin'. I'm a bit behind visiting 'cause I just returned from a birdin' day trip.

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  51. Fab photos Denise, just having a catch up with bloggers this evening. Love the sunsets and the Black Skimmers flock in particular.

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  52. this is on my list to visit now denise! thank you for linking! have a wonderful weekend!

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