Shells we found on the beach.
A Southern Blue Flag Iris shows its gorgeous blooms in a roadside ditch at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, 5-14-13.
A male Ruby-throated Hummingbird visits Lyre-leaved Sage in bloom at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge.
A Black Swallowtail along a trail at the North Carolina Estuarine Research Preserve near Corolla.
Wild Trumpet Honeysuckle brightens the barrier island dunes near Corolla, North Carolina
A Red-bellied Woodpecker looks out from a nest hole at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge.
This young Black Bear was one of three we saw on our visit to the Alligator River NWR. He was a little close for comfort!
Beach Heath, Hudsonia species, on barrier island dunes near Corolla, North Carolina
This Gemmed Satyr was on a trail at the North Carolina Estuarine Research Preserve. The name ‘gemmed’ comes from the patch on the hindwing with silvery specks. It is a southern butterfly that does not occur in Maryland.
A Water Snake peeks out of a coastal pond.