Both of these images are a signal that springtime in SW Virginia is well underway. Hopefully, the remainder of 2021 will offer lots of outside photographic activities and travel compared to 2020 … which as we all know was not so good.
A bright red Cardinal and a Bluejay were almost hidden in a Dogwood tree, but their colors gave them away.
Our Lantana flowers are now attracting a variety of insects. My favorites are butterflies. The Commonwealth of Virginia where we live has designated the colorful and rather large “Eastern Tiger Swallowtail” as the state’s honorary insect. I’m sure the butterflies could care less that they have been so honored.
A colorful mix of butterflies, gathering on the damp sand along the shoreline of the Smith River near Martinsville, VA.