Searching for good photographic subjects on Big Walker Mountain, I happened upon a group of these large, blue and black butterflies. My friend James Shelton, who is quite the amateur entomologist, tells me this butterfly is a Pipe Vine Swallowtail.
Dragonfly on Bark
Butterfly At Work
During a recent visit to the Big Walker Mountain Lookout tower, near Wytheville, VA, I noticed large blue and black winged butterflies busily gathering nectar from nearby flowers. I had my camera on a slow ISO setting and the evening light was beginning to fade. The resulting image of a blurred butterfly seemed appropriate to me since they seemed to never stop moving.
Wildflower and Native Bee
Laying in Wait
Dragonfly in Dry Grass
“Don’t walk through that tall grass,” my Uncle warned. “It’s full of chiggers.” I decided to go anyway; there were some lovely wildflowers I wanted to shoot and I’ve survived worse than a few chigger bites. Two weeks later my ankles finally stopped itching. The wildflower shots were okay but this dragonfly made the itching worth it. If I didn’t know better I would sweat it’s actually smiling.