A day trip to Devil’s Fork State Park made for a nice start into spring. A few of the rare Oconee Bell flowers were still in bloom and a few loons could be seen on the lake. The sun was shining and a light cool breeze kept reminding me that it’s spring not summer; something we don’t get often in the southeast anymore.
This loon was still molting but clearly almost done with the darker head color. They are completely black when finished as shown in the second loon photo.
Butterflies have been emerging for the past week. It’s almost like they’ve all come out at once and the yellow swallowtails can be seen all over. This bunch was found puddling on a rock on Lake Jocassee gathering nutrients from some scat. Doesn’t sound tasty to us but it’s full of goodies they need to get through their breeding season like proteins, amino acids, and minerals.
A walk through my own garden shows spring at it’s best. Azaleas and spirea are blooming at a rate not seen in years. I’m thinking all that rain last winter has really given our plants and trees a much needed soaking so that spring can bring us such a fantastic show!