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.
The Ruby Throated Hummingbird is the only hummingbird that breeds in the Eastern United States. This female stopped by the feeder on my deck long enough for me to get this photo.
A male Ruby Throated Hummingbird hovers near a feeder while his female companion enjoys a drink.
During my recent business trip to Wytheville, VA I had some time to fill after work. One evening I rode my bike to Crystal Springs. I took 10 photos and stitched them together for this panoramic view of the springs. Click on the image to see a larger image of it.
During our ride down the Creeper Trail from Whitetop to Damascus, we stopped at this mountain stream for a quick break. I stitched together several photos to create this panoramic view of the stream and its flowing water. Click on the photo for a larger view of it.
During a morning walk along the James River it amazed me how much the river has changed since the spring. The water is lower and there’s a lot of aquatic vegetation that wasn’t there just a few months ago.
A patch of wild daisies attracted this small, native bee.
With the benefit of a campfire and artificial lights, campers enjoy each other’s company into the night.
Sun light begins to fall on the curled stamens of this magnolia bloom.
The late spring air turns cool after sundown. The campfire provides warmth and a place to gather and reconnect.