As we drove up to the Thornton Gap entrance of Skyline Drive, there were many Barn Swallows flying around. I have seen them there before but there were many more. In fact, it looked like a Barn Swallow convention. They were too fast for my slow reflexes, but I did manage to get two relatively non-blurry photos as we waited in line. They did not sit still for long.
Also, for all the non-welcoming spikes to prevent them nesting, I immediately thought of this quote.
I also look for the nests I have noticed many times as we drive under the overhang that protects the entrance kiosks from the elements.
We bought a lifetime pass several years' ago, and it is safely tucked away for every time we come here. We have also used it on all our road trips across country. Even if we lost it now, it has paid for itself over and over again. As we shared it with our friendly Park Ranger, whom we now recognize as we greet her, I stuck my head out of the passenger side window, and took photos of the babies.
She saw me with my camera and volunteered that there had been a mother bear and her cubs nearby yesterday, to keep my camera ready.
We didn't see any bears - or deer - that day but I was very happy to get these cute little Barn Swallows.
Then there was that incredible drive with the magnificent views overlooking the Shenandoah Valley, and the wildflowers. Breathtaking! I will have more to share from our drive soon.
Enjoy your day everyone
and thank you for stopping by