I went for a walk at Rope Mill Park this morning (along with hubby and daughter) and while we were there we encountered this snake, meandering along the paved path. I’m pretty sure it was a Copperhead, although I don’t know snakes very well. I do think they are cool – from a distance, that is.
We also saw this beautiful butterfly, which I later learned is a Gulf Fritillary. Normally, you picture butterflies fluttering about lovely flowers, but they also frequently land on animal dung (oo0h…gross) to suck up minerals they can’t get from nectar.
After a bit, this fellow flew and sunned himself on some nearby leaves.
According to my Stokes Butterfly Book – which I love – butterflies bask in the sun to try and keep their body temperatures between 85-100o F. If they get too cold or damp, they have a hard time flying.
I love that he has a beautiful design on both sides of his wings.
And a good time was had by all. 🙂