Monday, June 29, 2009

Butterfly Hunting in the Big Meadow

The Big Meadow at Bernheim Forest is just full of summer wildflowers this weekend. Standing on the edge, you are impressed with the tall waving grass and yellow coneflowers. As we walked to the center with our butterfly leader, we saw the individual flowers - bee balm, yarrow, orange butterfly weed, fleabane, small white flowers we couldn't identify. The wind was rather strong, which felt good to all the sweaty butterfly hunters, but discouraged the butterflies from venturing out. Dragonflies are tough though, and we saw more of them than the butterflies.
Tiger Swallowtail
As I pooped out from the heat and headed back to the Visitor's Center, I did find a few nice butterflies around the bottle-brush buckeyes.

Pipevine Swallowtail

Great Spangled Frittilary

Eastern Amberwing

Isn't it beautiful? We are so fortunate to have a place like this to enjoy. I enjoyed hunting for small wildflowers, trying to grow and bloom before the trees shaded them out in the early spring. The prairies and meadows are overwhelming. From a distance, you see green and small splotches of color, but the variety and abundance of flowers just take my breath away. And I recommend a Tilley hat with a broad brim to keep the sun away as it blazes on the flowers, plus a strong sunscreen for anything not covered by the hat!

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