I recently visited the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. This photo of a Tiger Longwing on a red coneflower was one of my favorite shots from the trip. If you’re in the Richmond area Lewis Ginter is definitely worth a visit.
The bees in Shenandoah National Park were busy pollinating blackberry blossoms growing along the Dark Hollow Falls trail when I was last there.
Sometimes when I’m hiking I like to stop, at seemingly random places, and look closely at my surroundings. I might spend 5 or 10 minutes just trying to discover the little things that most people walk right by completely unaware. If you’ve never done this before I highly recommend it. Almost anywhere you go you will be amazed at some of the small wonders that present themselves if you just slow down and take a little time to become acquainted with your surroundings.
This Goldenrod Crab Spider was one such secret, hiding right in front of my eyes. I stepped off the hiking trail into a small meadow just to see what might be there. I looked around a bit and was about to move along when I noticed this spider sitting motionless, the embodiment of patience and stillness. Goldenrod Crab Spiders will sit for long periods of time, waiting for an unsuspecting insect to come within reach. You can frequently find them inside blooms using the flower as natural bait.