06/07/10- Blue Ridge Parkway Wildflowers Etc.
It's easy to get lost for hours looking at and taking pictures of wildflowers in the NC mountains. We'd stop at a scenic overlook, and the majority of people would enjoy the breathtaking view. I did too, but mostly I was too caught up in studying the flowers and insects and taking pictures of them.
What you're looking at starting lower left:
Purple Clover with Silvery Blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus nittanyensis) butterfly
Female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Blue-eyed Grass (center)
Also taken but not pictured:
Websites used to help in the ID:
I was on the ground knees and elbows for that tiny butterfly shot. That is the only shot that's cropped a lot. I went in for one closer macro shot, and he flew. I was trying to see if these butterflies closely resembled the ones John Bennett was taking in the nature reserve in the UK. That has to be the smallest butterfly that I have captured to date...smaller than a dime.
It was a great road trip weekend. Very much wishing it wasn't Monday and back to work today. I hope we'll get back to the mountains again later in the year.
I posted a collage from Day Out with Thomas and a picture of Grandfather Mountain when I got home late yesterday.