July 2021 will soon be over. Not much time lately to get out so I thought I would show you some photos from this time last year...
The sun was rising quickly and you might not recognize this bird in the bright light but it is a Great Blue Heron. It is a beauty.
The Great Egret. Richard took this photo from some distance away, so it looks smaller than it really is. If you read about this bird, it says that it lives along the Georgia coast. How lucky that it also lives on some Georgia lakes too!
You have seen photos of the sun streaming upon the trail at Panola Mountain State Park...but you don't mind seeing it again, do you?
The Purple Passionflower is a native flower here in Georgia. We were so happy to see this blooming right beside the trail as we walked. It is the host plant for the Zebra butterfly and the Gulf Fritillary butterfly. Hey! Speaking of the Gulf Fritillary....
Gulf Fritillary! You can recognize it very easily by that fake "eye" on the wing! See it? Also, the other side of the wings look almost silvery in bright light, like a mirror.
Sad to say, we will not have those bright orange flowers this year- the Mexican sunflowers. We just had too much rain and I was not able to get them to grow like they normally do. I will miss them.
They would grow over 6 feet tall. How I loved going out and taking a photo from below with sky behind them! AND seeing all the butterflies enjoying them!