March 27, 2021

In the Clouds and Above

On Wednesday I ran a couple of errands in Front Royal and then went up on Skyline Drive. I could see there were clouds on the mountains but that's okay. It adds an air of mystery. 

Dickey Ridge Picnic Area is now open for the season. It is less than five miles from Front Royal, but no one was there in the fog. 

I drove south and spotted what looked like a large bird. Was it an eagle? There was no place to park so I shot two pictures from the car. In this rather awful photo you can see the edge of the passenger-side window. 
Saturday Critters / I'd Rather Be Birdin'

I was excited to view the pictures enlarged on the computer. Here you see the second shot cropped and enhanced. I'm afraid it's just a vulture. In fact, if I enhance the first picture, I see a reddish face so I think it is what we call a turkey vulture. A really big one. 

Oh well! Around milepost 13, I drove out of the clouds. Here we see a cloud lingering over Rappahannock County as viewed from Hogwallow Flats Overlook.

There are many white-tailed deer in Shenandoah National Park. I was glad I didn't run into any in the fog. I had slowed down though. 

I turned around at Range View Overlook. It has a great view and a big enough parking area to enable safe turns. 

I saw a few more deer on the way back home.



  1. What a glorious outing. I love foggy weather. That vulture image is awesome. So very moody...filled with mystery!!!

    Thanks so much for joining us and sharing your link with us birders at IRBB this weekend!

    ~Anni, host of I'd Rather B Birdin'

  2. Hello,
    Looks like you had a foggy ride, the vultures do have a different shaped beak than the eagle. The deer are so sweet, I love seeing them. I hope to be able to visit Shenandoah soon. Great photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a great new week! PS, thank you for leaving me a comment.

  3. If I am not mistaken, the population of deer now exceeds pre-European settlement.

  4. Even with the fog it must be good to be in the great outdoors again. I would quite like to see Turkey Vultures, especially here in England LOL.

  5. we have been having a lot of fog lately, yours is so lovely! pretty silhouette of the turkey vulture!!

  6. Great to see the vulture so close...he was probably miffed that he couldn't see dinner with the fog. Loved your deer photos too.

  7. How nice it would be to drive through clouds. Beautiful misty silhouettes.

  8. Nothing wrong with a vulture, an eagle would have been nice. I love your deer.

  9. ...fog seems to be common in the valleys.

  10. Love the foggy photos, especially your first one.

  11. The fog adds some mystery to your photos. Love the vulture even with the fog you can see his outline.

  12. I remember driving in and out of those fog banks.


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