What is the purpose of these?
This bee is having a delightful milkweed breakfast. I love the detail in these flowers!
Trumpet vine -- wanting to open
I destroyed nature...I ate the two ripe ones! Please don't call the WRP! (Wild Raspberry Police)
I always liked tulip trees....
Well into the area now, more milkweed flowers...I love these. Have seem them a million times along the roadways, but never paid attention to them until now. So unusual - poisonous to horses, tho'.
I have no idea what these brilliant orange flowers are but there was a large patch of them. They may be another variety of milkweed. Two very vivid blue birds seemed attracted to them, too, but they darted off before I could snap them. Another good bee breakfast!
Soon, I spotted an old barn up on the hill. Let's go! It was quite a trek, but I was curious....
Time to head back....I've hiked pretty far by now... and it's getting warm. I've been wearing heavy jeans, long sleeved shirts, socks, hiking boots and a very attractive camo net hat (gnats are a nuisance) to ward off ticks.... have seen some....plus my photo vest with lots of pockets and stuff. Anyway, as it gets warmer all this garb gets warm, too.
Really liked this little multi-toned carnation-type wildflower...very delicate. Not many of these around.
Pin oaks are abundant here
Ants hosting on a trumpet vine...
One lone wild daisy....a survivor!
I get back to "the house"....still no sign of trouble that I'm probably on private property....while I still have all this garb on, I decide to see if I can get into the woods behind me....looks just as dense as the rest of what I've seen, but it's right in the back yard...
Just a little ways into the woods and I find this little shed... pretty much confirms "private property" to me! But, I'm not worried about it. Just as I thought, tho'...these woods are toooooo thick to trek through, so I turn around and think about lunch! Those two raspberries didn't quite hit the spot!
Worked on photos this afternoon....did a little internet research, washed dishes and cleaned up a bit....before I knew it, it was getting close to thinking about dinner. I hadn't used my mini charcoal grill yet. I had thawed a bag of pulled pork shoulder yesterday from the several bags I had frozen before I started my adventure. Roasted like 6 lbs of it, so I'll be making some creative dishes from all that! Just have to make up some BBQ sauce and a side dish of some kind. Sounds yummy! My site conveniently has a cleared spot right at my door... perfect for grilling!
And it was yummy! With a side of corn/tomato/onion/basil salad....mmmmmmmm
Night settles in with a little color in the sky. Another peaceful evening under the stars. With the total darkness out here, I think one can see every single star in the universe! Clear night for it! Means it should be a nice day tomorrow...for something! Hope you enjoyed a little glimpse of Virginia nature!