Small satin moth spotted on an evening walk.
Last week I traveled back to New England to visit family, and one of my secondary priorities was making sure I got to eat all of my local favorite foods. At the top of my list was a Del’s Lemonade straight from the truck. A Rhode Island favorite that originated in Italy in the 1840s, the frozen treat is part of so many childhood memories visiting my grandparents in Bristol, RI. So I was ecstatic to discover one of Del’s trucks while visiting Colt State Park during my trip. It’s still as delicious as I remember.
Spotted outside my home office window. A Carolina Anole, puffed up and feeling territorial.
Nevada Screaming Raven — The Gravel Ghost
At this point in the year, almost all of the white flowers that have been flourishing here in North Carolina during the spring have withered and fallen to the ground. But it you look closely, there is still some luminosity to be found among all the green foliage.
Found this birds nest in my front yard, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen one with a covering of lichen before.
A few of the reptiles and millipedes I’ve spotted on my daily walks, slithering around in the warmer weather. The snake above was likely a juvenile, barely 8 inches long. Below is a smooth green snake, and finally a common millipede.
Wildflowers are blooming here in Charlotte, and I’m enjoying seeing them on my daily walks.
I discovered the Pisgah covered bridge during a drive home from Asheboro, NC in 2017. It wound up being the silver lining of an accidental decision to take country roads home instead of the highway. This may have resulted in spending an extra hour in the car, but it was scenic, and when I spotted the sign for the bridge, I had to pull over and investigate. Pisgah covered bridge was built in 1911 to allow horses and carriages to cross the Little River. Eventually surpassed by more modern roadways, the bridge was designated a historical landmark in 1998. It later became the focus of a major preservation project in 2003 when a flood washed the bridge away. Fortunately, it was reconstructed with 90 percent of the original wood rescued from the river. Today the bridge is still accessible from the road and visitor friendly. There are picnic tables, and a short trail that loops from one side of the bridge to the other.