Morning Has Broken - Sunrise at Pipestem State Park

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"Morning has broken like the first morning 
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird 
Praise for the singing 
Praise for the morning 
Praise for them springing 
fresh from the world" 
- Cat Stevens 


Bee Balm

"If you take a flower in your hand 
and really look at it, 
it's your world for a moment." 
~ Georgia O'Keeffe

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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - Dark Morph

 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - Dark Morph

“A single act of kindness is like a drop of oil on a patch of dry skin—seeping, spreading, and affecting more than the original need.” 
 ― Richelle E. Goodrich -

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Hummingbird Moth And Bee Share The Butterfly Bush

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“I know of only one duty, and that is to love.” 
 ― Albert Camus

Fritillary Butterfly on Butterfly Milkweed

"How true it is that, if we are cheerful and contented, all nature smiles, the air seems more balmy, the sky clearer, the earth has a brighter green... the flowers are more fragrant... and the sun, moon, and stars all appear more beautiful, and seem to rejoice with us." 
- Orison Swett Marden 

Great Spangled Fritillary on Butterfly Milkweed.

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Monarch Caterpillar

"Look closely. The beautiful may be small." 
~ Immanuel Kant  

Tiny Monarch Caterpillar - this is my first of the year sighting. - Deerfield Trail, Blacksburg, Virginia 
 Each weekend I try to get out and inspect the milkweed that grows in and around the many greenways and trails in Blacksburg. I was rewarded with my first sighting of a tiny monarch caterpillar - who I hope grows up to become a beautiful monarch butterfly.


Silvery Checkerspot Butterfly

“There is an undeniable exhilaration in moment of even the smallest discovery” 

― Graham Moore

This was such an exciting find for me. My first Silvery Checkerspot EVER - seen on June 23, 2019 at Heritage Park in Blacksburg, Virginia. Nectaring on the milkweed that is abundant in this area. I try to inspect this milkweed weekly for monarch caterpillars, and to my delight saw this beauty. It was quite thrilling!

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