North Carolina Outer Banks Trip, May 12-17, 2013

Shells we found on the beach.

A Southern Blue Flag Iris in a roadside ditch at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, 5-14-13.

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!

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

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.

A Water Snake peeks out of a coastal pond.

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