July 6, 2024

Saturday Critters, Shenandoah National Park

“The mountains are calling and I must go.” That quote from John Muir has almost become a cliché, but it is true for me. I can see mountains from my neighborhood, the gentle but beautiful mountains of Virginia. When I find myself close to them, it's almost irresistible to answer that call.

July is National Park and Recreation Month.

These pictures are from Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. Only the first one is really recent. I took it at Dickie Ridge. 

I added the logo to the second picture using the National Park Service app. You can navigate to the park of your choice and then select Make a Postcard if you want to add the park name and logo to one of your photos.

The fawn was in the picnic area at Dickey Ridge. After that, we see a bird on a branch and some butterflies.

It’s been a while since I took Charlie up to the national park because he doesn’t like riding in the car, and it takes about 45 minutes to get there. We have several smaller parks that are much closer.

I used an oil painting filter in PicsArt for the portrait of Charlie. And last of all, there is a picture that I modified for July 4th and then forgot to post. By the way, he did not get frightened by fireworks because they were far enough away that I was able to drown them out by playing music.


  1. Hello. That mountain scenery looks absolutely amazing. Charlie is cute.
    Take care.

  2. Oh, We agree with Tom. That fawn is adorable. And We love the art you made of Charlie. In fact, all the pics are fab. What wonderful scenery you can see from your own neighbourhood!

  3. In case you are interested the first butterfly is a Silver-spotted Skipper and the second a Tiger Swallowtail - probably Eastern.

  4. I love the park image and the deer and dog.
    Charlie is always a treat to see, a cutie!
    The app for the National Park postcard is cool.
    Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a great day and a happy new week. PS, thank you for leaving me a comment.

  5. Lovely photos. Looks like an amazing place!

  6. Great to see your views of our shared Appalachian mountains! Loved all your shots of wildlife and flora! Good to hear Charlie didn't hear fireworks at all, and that he's able to go play in nearby parks. You are the picture of a very patient dog owner!

  7. I've been hiking with dogs up here in Massachusetts. :-)

  8. Beautiful mountain pics! Love the one with the fawn.

  9. Very nice photographs.

    All the best Jan


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