Date: June 6, 2010 between 3 and 4 p.m.
camera: Argus DC 5185, 5 megapixels
Weather: very hot, 90+ Fahrenheit degree day, with partly cloudy skies.
In one lightly wooded area, I saw this butterfly, which I believe to be a hackberry:
Not too far away I saw this butterfly, about whose identificaton I am not certain, but which I hazard a guess to be another hackberry type butterfly of some kind:
Thistles in bloom proved a tremendous attractor for swallowtail butterflies, such as this tiger swallowtail. A thistle must be particularly desirable, because both butterfly and bee seem less concerned than otherwise with passersby while drinking at a thistle
I saw lots of butterflies that looked like monarchs, but given the size of those butterflies I believe they may have been viceroys. I must research further:
A huge selection of small butterflies also flew nearby. They loved the various daisies.
The day was hot but the trail was pleasant. it's a trail through open fields and scraggle woods. Lots of wildflowers were in bloom.
One fellow parked in the parking lot had a uniquely painted car.
After hiking, I went for frozen yogurt. My favorite flavor is chocolate ribbon cake.