In preparation for the West Virginia Butterfly Atlas I am participating in a friend and I went to Elkins for training on how to fill out forms and other butterfly related things. Since gas is so expensive these days we decided make get the most out of the trip by making lots of stops on the way to take photos of butterflies and other nature goodies.
In the previous blog I showed the Juniper Hairstreak I found on this trip. Our next stop was at Squirrel’s Gap (always a good name) where I found a little female Brown Elfin. It was a first for me and an exciting find.
Moving on up the mountain we made another stop at the crest where again I was wowed with the views. Down below was what meadow with lots of black cows with a few of them lined up heading back to the barn.
Nesting nearby was a Killdeer quietly sitting hoping we wouldn’t notice.
I just couldn’t get enough of the view from this site.
The last stop was at Seneca Rocks for me to get a quick photo. I just never tire of looking at these either. I must have a gazillion photos in all seasons and weather. It is hard to imagine that those rocks were once ocean bottom and after all the folding and bending that took place to form the Appalachian Mountains these were turned on their edge. Now through erosion they have been exposed. It’s might seem rather odd that we find these rocks beautiful given that a small piece of it is really nothing to look at but this size it quite grand.
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