Dolly Sods is an unusual habitat, so of course I thought I might find some unusual butterflies or at the very least enjoy the wonderful panoramic views. Truthfully, Dolly Sods is always beautiful and full of surprises. As we drove along we went from rain to mist, to bright sun and back to mist. When we arrived at Bear Rocks we couldn’t even see them. You can see the mist in the distance.
We noticed a large group of lichen so we hopped out of the car hoping to see something new. Well the lichen wasn’t anything new but Jane spotted a small Garter snake and quickly grabbed it. Doesn’t it have a pretty little tongue?
Further down the road we stopped at this wetland area because we saw something flying but it wasn’t a butterfly after all.
We did find Teaberry (Gaultheira procombens). It smells just like the Teaberry gum from my childhood.
The other nice flower in bloom was Gay wing (Polygala paucifolia).