Photo Challenge – Weather Vane Wednesday/North East, Maryland

This Indian Weather Vane with his bow is on top of the Old Mill Plaza in North East, Maryland. 

North East is a great small town near the Chesapeake Bay and the Elk Neck River. It is just minutes away from Elk Neck State Park and the Turkey Point Lighthouse.

Take a quick walk with me to Turkey Point Lighthouse.

Geriatri’x’Fotogallery – Weather Vane Ship
The 59 Club – The Upper Deck

The Photo Challenge: Each Wednesday, I post a photograph of a Weather Vane with a short description of where it can be found and any history connected to it. The main focus of the challenge is the photo of the Weather Vane and the location. The challenge can be Wordless if that is what you choose. If you would like others to see your post leave a link to your blog in the comment box. You can also tag the post #weathervaneweds. If you place a link to my post in your post you will create a pingback that will appear in the comment section. The challenge is open all week for comments and posts. Thanks so much for taking part in my challenge.

Many thanks to Cee, of Cee’s Photography, for including this challenge in her listing of WordPress Challenges. If you love challenges take a look at this page and while you are there check out some of Cee’s terrific posts. Thanks Cee!

Place – Elk Neck State Forest and Turkey Point Lighthouse

My husband and I camped last weekend in the Elk Neck State Park in Maryland. It is a favorite of ours. The Elk Neck Forest lies between the Elk Neck River and the Chesapeake Bay. We were able to take in the changing colors of Autumn as we hiked along the trail to the Turkey Point Lighthouse.

All men are just boys at heart! My husband taking a swing on one of the thick vines along the trail.

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Here’s a quick minute slideshow of our hike to the Lighthouse.

When we reached the Turkey Point Lighthouse we came upon a group of bird watchers. It was fascinating to eavesdrop a bit on their conversation. They had spotted a blue-headed vireo in the trees. We tried to see the bird by looking in the direction they indicated, but without good binoculars it was impossible.

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Blue Headed Vireo Photograph Courtesy of Flickr and Andy Reago/Chrissy McClaren

The drop off the side of the bluff is a high and a bit dizzying. There are NO GUARDRAILS whatsoever, and only a very few warning signs. I don’t know if I would take children to this area without having them firmly attached to my hand at ALL times. For a stunning look at the area watch this amazing video filmed by a drone. Spectacular! You will realize when viewing why I say hold onto your children.

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The trail is surrounded by dense forest and undergrowth. The brambles provide shelter for hundreds and hundreds of birds. I said to my husband as we walked, “This place is atwitter with birds.” Hopefully due to the efforts of conservationists, banding and studying of the birds, their numbers will only increase over the coming years.

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Prompt – Without the Clouds of Nine

Birdwatchers at Turkey Point On the Chesapeake

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Daily Post – Local Color/“Imagine we lived in a world that’s all of a sudden devoid of color, but where you’re given the option to have just one object keep its original hue. Which object (and which color) would that be?”

I can do without ever being on the clouds of nine. Why? Because the blue of the sky is one of my favorite colors and also a favored object. I am content gazing upward, focusing my thoughts on the Creator of this magnificent expanse. There is peace of heart and mind in the blue transparency of the sky.

“The heavens declare the glory of God…”

~ Psalm 19:1

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Here of a Sunday morning
My love and I would lie,
And see the coloured counties,
And hear the larks so high
About us in the sky.

Alfred Edward Housman, 1896

Place – Easter, Hart’s United Methodist Church, Northeast, Maryland

We have camped at Elk Neck State Park for years. As we drive from the town of Northeast, Maryland, toward the state park, we pass a small church on a hillside by the name of Hart’s United Methodist Church. We have taken pictures of the sweet church and its view, and we even stopped once for a yard sale. We always hope that one year when we camp in summer we will be able to attend a service in their Amphitheater set into the hillside. It has never worked out in the past, but this year Joe had off, and I mentioned to him, “Why don’t we camp and go to the Easter “Sonrise” Service at Hart’s Methodist Church. Everything worked out as we planned, and today, at 5:30 AM, our alarm went off, we drank a quick cup of coffee, and drove to the church. All my high expectations were met and then exceeded. The service was heartwarming, even though the seat was cool. The crowd was big. The pastors, Rev. Mary Browne and Rev. K.C. Lee, did an outstanding job of leading the hearts of all attending into true worship. The scripture reading was perfect, the sermon an invitation to bring Easter into our hearts yet a second time when we say to Jesus, “Master, Teacher…Lord.” The song, “He’s Alive,” sung by Jack Foreaker, also reminded us of the sacrifice and the promise of Christ’s death and resurrection. I feel blessed, and I am sure the blessing of the place will dwell in my memory for all my life. Thank you Hart’s Methodist congregation for sharing your place of worship with me today.

Hart’s United Methodist Church Amphitheater History