Thursday, July 28, 2016

Fellow Travelers, Part Two

At Shenandoah National Park last week, the black bears and deer weren't the only animals we spotted on the trails - just the biggest.

Here are some of the smaller, more colorful fellow travelers in the forest!

A well-camouflaged Pickerel Frog.

Honeybee on a White Bergamot.

Swallowtail Butterfly drinking nectar from a common milkweed.

Pretty moth!

Can you see this little bee in a Spotted Touch-Me-Not?

Even when we don't see them, we're surrounded by other travelers in the woods. We practice Leave No Trace hiking to respect that the forest is also their home. 

7 comments:

  1. Gorgeous photos!!! The swallowtail is breathtaking!

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  2. Look at those Buttie Pillars!!! Just like the ones I grew this year but you saw them in the WILD!!! WOOHOO!!!! There are so few Pillars around this year is great to actually see them in their own habitat. You've made this Buttie Pillar Princess VERY happy
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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    1. We haven't seen many butterflies here either - and no monarch caterpillars on the milkweed yet. It's very sad - but away from all the poisons people use on their yards, we did see butterflies so that's hopeful.

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  3. Love the bee inside the flower photo! Wow! And the bear pics! Oh, so cute! But I'm not sure I'd like to encounter a little bear - I'd be too worried about where mama bear is!

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    1. Oh yeah, you don't want to get between mama bear and baby! The little bear we saw was probably a yearling and not with mom. When we did see a mama and cub, we stayed away, didn't follow, and as a result didn't get photos which is totally okay for their safety as well as ours :)

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  4. you've got a very keen eye to find a bee inside a flower and a camouflaged frog!
    wags, bailey unleashed

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